Zagreb, Croatia, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Open Source Art, Artist talk

Project OSA deals with the use of new communication technology and media in the area of Art that is dealing, producing or publishing by using open source tools and applications.
OSA is conducted through the presentation of contemporary new media art that uses tools based on the ideas of free cultural exchange.

Artist Talk
Zeljko Blace, Sandro Đukić, Darko Fritz, Mihael Giba, Deborah Hustic, Ana Husman, Kruno Jost, Maja Kalogera, Ivan Marusic – Klif

Round table: Free software and Art
The intermingling of social and cultural activities in the fields of contemporary cultural context.
Problems of authorship, ownership and economy.
Moderator: Deborah Hustic

Workshop: Introduction to Open Source tools and programs.

Open Source as a model for society
“Open Source” is one of the true revolutions in the organization of work, stemming from the properly said “hacker culture.”
The concept of sharing the source code in order to improve it collectively and then (collectively and individually) profit from the added value it implicitly generates, has grown to a whole cultural lifestyle.
Conceptually “the Open Work” [1], defined by Italian semiotician Umberto Eco in 1962, was affirming the non-linearity and especially openness of written concepts (as “fields” and not “strings”), and so forming the basis of the collective, and eventually collaborative, sharing of sense. In the seventies the software development strategies made the concept more technically connected till it became popular with Linux development in the nineties.
Then there was another effective formulated metaphor by American computer programmer Eric S. Raymond in his “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” [2], where the “Bazaar” is the fruitful software development whose process is completely opened through the networks. In early 2000s a different contribution, came from the “Hacker Ethic” book by Finnish philosopher Pekka Himmanen [3]. This ethic analyzes how in hacker communities there’s a strong wish to share skills in a community with common goals and to acquire recognition, donating the fruits of work to everybody.
This approach synthesizes what open source still is and how it’s applied in a broad range of fields in society, still in embryonic form.
Art (especially new media art) has fostered it since long time ago, but time has come that it’ll permeate the whole creative production models.
Alessandro Ludovico

Alessandro Ludovico is a media critic and editor in chief of the highly respected Neural magazine from 1993, (Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica 2004). He is the author of several essays on digital culture, he co-edited ‘Mag.Net Reader’ (1 and 2). He’s one of the founding contributors of the Nettime community, one of the founders of the Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers)’ organization.