"how to" in autonomous art (metadata)

ART01/AOS among best works on MEMEFEST festival

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ART01/AOS was chosen one of the best works in category “Beyond” at “MEMEFEST – international festival for radical communication” friendly competition.

Read curator comment from Frédéric Dubois.


ART01 at ConcentArt gallery video

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Radio program recording from ART01 Berlin

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For your listening pleasure here is an excerpt of the radio transmission recorded at Concent Art gallery in Berlin during ART01 event.

Barbara Huber initiating David Dunn's role playing

ART01 Berlin event report

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Event held during Transart Institute MFA students exhibition at Concent Art gallery on 25th July 2010 under (symbolical) name “ART01 – Autonomy in Art Operating Systems” inspired Barbara Huber (Au), Maria Karagianni (Gr-Nl), Marian Potocar (Sk), Pod P (USA), Pedro Zaz (Pt) and Kruno Jost (Cro) to create together a unique art project. During two days this group worked in the way that each participant introduced an idea, material, technology, etc he or she were most comfortable with. Ideas were being discussed, methods were offered and finally group created art project that was based on collaborative work, it was using new technologies, performance like structure, it looked for participation of the public and it was critical towards the system of art representation it was being part of.

ART01 at Berlin took a form of an art lab where participants were called to play a role game.

Choosing a role

First,one rolled a dice to choose one of five roles: revolutionary, monk or a nun, parent, police (wo)man or illegal immigrant. This roles were chosen by the core group’s desires to show how different, yet very generalized characters, would react or observe art exhibits.

Card design

After rolling a dice and picking your character card you would roll a dice second time. This time it would show which of the exhibits one will be taken to. for example if your card would be no. 3 you would be a policeman, and if you roll second time and get. no 7 you would go to see artwork of Ingibjorg Hauksdottir.

Floor-plan of the gallery

After observing the chosen exhibit trough the eyes of the character one had to come back to ART01 artlab and communicate its finding, emotions and understandings to ART01 core group members.

Observing the artwork

Than you roll a dice third time choosing a location: a garden, kitchen, bank, homeless shelter, etc. where artwork you observed would be utilized. This little twist in the perception, utilization of the artwork, would be a starting point of discussion with the lab workers.

Conversation transmitted over radio

Conversation was carried out with easy flow of questions putting observer in the position to negotiate artworks utility, answers why this decisions, create a story for artwork and talks on systems of its representation.

People listening radio show at the car parking

Whole conversation was transmitted over FM pirate radio that was able to be picked up by small radios laying around the exhibition space, as well as in the cars on the parking lot outside of the gallery.

Floor-plan design was also projected on the wall near the lab, where everyone could see text inputed with the artwork in question. Shortened statements were inputed real time in the projection.


This is where texts from Piratepad can be found: file:///tmp/oe4gQRtuer-latest.html
a tool used for online text exchange between core group participants. Latter, all the shortened statements from ART01 participants were inputed there too, have a look at the end.

Pirate Pad – place for on-line get-together

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Pirate Pad – is open for YOUR collaboration too! Its a nice on-line tool for reviewing our participative strategies and creative group work, and it will surely be running throughout ART01 event in ContentArt gallery from 25th to 31st July 2010.

art01 piratepad on-line collaborative tool from GentleJunk on Vimeo.

Multiple identities

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Next diagram was made when I wanted to create an understanding of the positions I need to take inside ART01 project.

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Operating systems analogy

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For better understanding of art operating systems here is an analogy running between computer operating systems and art operating systems:

Operating system



GNU Linux

How it works?

Low customization, no possibility of self improvement – only professionals can adjust.

No need to adjust, what you get is what works, if something stops working, get a new one.

Highly customizing – everyone can improve, community based.


Consumers, gamers, incognizant users…

Young urban professionals.

Autonomists, anarchists, geeks, enthusiasts.

What is it based on?







Open source


Hard-core neoliberal market.

Upper-class market of aesthetics.

Exchange markets.

What is the relationship?



From many to many

Work and labour

Classical capitalist exploitation system.

Exploitation based on ideology of style.

Sharing work flow, gift economy, high precarious element.


Depending on huge advertising machine, monopolistic and unsustainable.

Depends highly on amount of people using it – small amount of professionals make it sustainable.

Sustainable on many levels: adoptable, recyclable, high level of customization and localization.

Waste and recycling

Large amounts of e-waste created by advertising stronger, newer and better equipment cyclically. Old equipment is not recycled.

Smaller amount of waste due to longer life span. Motto is “futurists don’t look back”, so there is no recycling involved.

Opens up awareness and according actions to possibilities of recycling and reusing: software for older machines, less resources needed.

Analogy to art system

Profit based art system concerned with traditional gallery/museum model with pseudo-development.

Elitist, aesthetics regarded as “something beautiful” system, where highly professional independent actors run art system based on novelty.

Always changing, concerned with medium as much as with message, sustainable, localized, exchange makes it work, collaborative, always work in progress.

Diagram shows art operating system with working in autonomy and dependant one in reference to computer operating systems.

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PD Exchange Summit recapitulation

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PDES is yet another step into the research on collaborative environments, its stimulants, individuals and their mind-sets which forms a group work. PDES is an example of what are (generally) the themes created in collaborative process orientated work environments that are critical to art itself.

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PDES was organized so that participants bring their ideas and share them. This situation brings a question of confidence, skill, will to discuss and bring an idea forward, etc. It is difficult process where certain people can overshadow others, without realising it. Trebor Scholz describes in The Participatory Challenge about the practical guidelines for collaboration. I will extract only a couple:

  • develop trust and mutual respect;
  • define self-interest, reasons well;
  • take a dose of humility;
  • learn when to let go;
  • get everybody involved in the process;
  • give reasons behind your thinking.

Sharing ideas and plans for further meetings, funders, etc.

PDES brought this ideas on the table: if one wants to work with Pure Data, one has to retire from art world. Taking that PD is time consuming and concerning we all are taking 80 % of our time working with different bureaucratic instances to get to the point where we can actually use PD as a tool, an idea was to retire so one can use PD. For this idea Guy van Belle wrote an article that was “red” by PD patch projected on the wall. At he same time he was filmed. This material was used at the last day exhibit where few of the aspects of his talk about retiring, and what are geo-political reasons for this besides one to have time to work on PD were corresponded to other texts on this subject.

Visualization of PD patch writing text on how to retire. Get full text here and patch here

Next work went a step further. Art Pollution Kit (both hardware and software) was introduced as a toll where art pollution was documented. PD was used to analyse recorded materials and this data was visualized. PD patch for art pollution was developed by Michael Kindernay.

PD patch for analysing art pollution.

Lenka Dolenova introduced a notion of un-pure data, where documentation of process of all the projects done during PDES by Kruno Jošt was used as starting point to change it and develop parallel perspective by simple analogue way of connections drawing, similar to Pure Datas way of connecting command objects in the software itself.

Visitor enjoying Lenka Dolenova un-pure data wall work.

What PDES brought to surface trough discussed ideas while the programs was undertaken is that people beside being open and creative in thinking, for many different reasons can create blocks of energy flow. Evoking the same experience from last year’s EEII festival in ?akovec when at one point of the day all appeared as it will come down and that collaboration did not work. People started to go away from the group into their own individual corners. Next is a diagram of blocks that appeared at PDES.

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It is hard to get back on track when something like this happens, especially if people start working individually to the point where they cannot let go of the development of the project as they spent so much time in it. So one has to be aware to always moderate and police the timing of when group meeting is in order.

Good point of PDES are seen in next diagram. Usually complex software will turn down non-geeks and non-techy creative people. That is why other ways of participating, involving and collaborations have to be envisioned. Sharing has to go in deeper level: sharing time together, so in-between coffees and city walks are also good to exchange ideas. At the end of the day, or in the end of the project, non rigid representation that looks more like fluxus event than exhibition is welcomed, so is the flow of the new comers that are coming into the game.

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re-thinking the purpose of ART01 blog

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Rethinking the complexity of the media: a blog. What is it, how can it be represented? What does it mean to me?  It can be observed as a diary, documentation of practices, methods, sketches and observations, but it can also be seen as an process based artwork, with intrinsicaly rooted need to examine and rethink systems.

PD Exchange Summit as pre-Berlin event

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Gallery NANO will host a collaborative and interactive environment project under the name PD Exchange Summit. What lies hidden behind this name? PD stands for Pure Data, real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. Exchange stands for a way of giving and receiving, making a loop or interaction. Summit stands for a meeting of the highest-level leaders. Connecting the three gives a great name that will strike funders, media and curious ones. Also it gives a reason to meet: to share PD patches, parts of the software that can be exchanged, build on, taken from, connected to or used for exchange of information. It takes a greatest level of importance as it is not a one man show where he or she shows the world what is going on, but in the act of sharing lies the true art.

Next diagram is showing why the event is done in gallery NANO. Also it shows what are connections between participating artist, ART01 project and where it’s other aspects, behind pure visual or multimedia art, are stored. I guess it takes all kind of hacks to make interactive, improvisational, “always work in progress” type of art work a credential its relatives of visual representational, object orientated artworks have.  Question is: can this be alternative to object orientated exhibitions, and can it be presented as such? And other pertinent question: how important is work to be done in NANO concerning influences on HZSU decisions on my possible health insurance and retirement funds help? What is the level of my decision and aspire to work there concerned autonomy, and what to hacking national funding to cover fear of being poor and helpless.

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How I wanted to build the autonomy boat

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Thesis was that boat gives most autonomy concerning expression and mobility, as when it stands in international waters, it can broadcast completely autonomous material, and its mobility is more concerned on nature than on human laws. But, as later shown my labour was to no avail as boat was entangled to so many non-autonomous issues that the whole thing became a bad and ill body in need for shiatsu treatment so the blocks, knots and knobs can be released and energy can flow healthy again.

This is the diagram of the idea how to use boat that goes by the name Galeb. After so many escapades in recent history, as well as in the past, it is owned by city of Rijeka. As former president Tito’s boat, it is of cultural value that, as the case is showing is differently understood by me and city of Rijeka cultural and bureaucrat apparatus. Next diagram shows an idea for using the boat Galeb as a place where international partners would meet and offer new models for using and preserving this boat. It was supposed to be funded by IPA actions.

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Now, this is the diagram of their blockage:

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They didn’t understand our ideas that would provide larger autonomy for initiatives, networks and partners to create space for international projects. I bet Tito would like this.

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In spite of all the blocking systems around IPA application was used for a boat:

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Designing with the budget

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As the ART01 event is master year exhibition, a set of cards depicting each students own design will be mixed in years printed representation. This is solution for ART01 as it shows graphically the process that will take place at ContentArt gallery. Beside being a part of catalogue it can also be used as invitation card for the event.

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Lament on the Artists

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This diagram came up as a lament for artist and their chosen systems.

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Financial disasters: can autonomy work with no cash?

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To be skilful administrator is something funding and project orientated artist has to learn during production periods. More funders means bigger amount of time spent on administration, but can also mean bigger autonomy and chance to hack. Also it can mean bigger autonomy on artist idea, where one funder, especially if it is a big company, will easily create certain systems and boundaries, if not rules where art process should go.

ART01 in Berlin was depending a lot on Ministry of Culture Croatia co-funding. But as situation with global crisis is wide spread excuse this days, and with national debt similar to Greece, political elite got a good idea how to take measures to stop crisis: give less money to culture. So, from original sum, a 10% was donated to ART01 project. This sum is not enough to even bring one participant to Berlin. This situation calls for administrative funding actions on all fields. Run for cash has started! Instead of looking for one bigger source ART01 will look for more smaller ones. Problems arising from this tactics is that all funding bodies are giving money for similar costs: travel and accommodation. As one has to prove with bills all the cost, some hacking and art-ministration will be required to get funds for other expenses such as costs for other participants, production, per-diems, etc.

Following two diagrams show what are good value vs. bad value funders, and what is stressed when writing applications with what funder. Another diagram shows how applications will be written but cash will flow to other costs.

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Food Crisis, event in Prague

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Forgotten foods from hungary

Food Crisis is third part of the series of Crisis Mania project with events happening in Check, Hungary and Slovakia. First two were observing housing and travelling crisis in modern society. It is project made possible by involvement of many organizations working in the field of art, technology, urban culture and self-sustainability. Event was originally thought of as meeting point for exchange of knowledge and artistic questioning of routines, norms and patterns of today’s society. People were encouraged to think of plants and seeds that are mainly forgotten in today’s industrial food production (like nettle). Collective food preparing was introduced and food sharing was organized where each participant brought their food with them. Other part of the event was making the sound by cooking and mixing of this two disciplines. Prague non for profit venues and organizations were involved, like art magazine A2 and venue Školska.

Collaborative food preparing and eating

Cooking and making music at the same time

Again, to prepare such an event with international participants and without firm commercial plan this kind of collective and participatory event had to be thought of on different fields and had to serve as a vehicle for more than just stage for evening performances and day workshops. Further actions were discussed and plans made. Somewhere a common feeling of lack of structure that brings messy event time-line is something participants are looking forward or fearing. Some yearn for more structure, some like its organic development. Overall, and event that follows more or less conscious group interaction that brings experimental art out of realm of individual and singular signature work.

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Developments on participation front of ART01

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ART01 has come to the point where two participants can not make it. In the case of Ricardo Palmieri from Brazil a carefully managed plan of bringing him first to Croatia to take part at cultural events that would pay the ticket and rest for his participation at ART01 Berlin was interfered with 2 things: his exhibition in Brazil and price of the tickets which sky-rocketed presumably because of this or that football championship taking place at that time of the year. Guy van Belle cannot make it as he will be in Belgium on meeting for Time Inventors Cabinet meeting. Both of them will be participating remotely with informations from those two events.

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Other participants are coming in the project. Barbara Hubert is part of organization from Bratislava, originally from Austria. She will be helping a great deal with all FOSS inputs and outputs. Also, she will be working with questioning our perspectives on living/working/common/private space, which is partly question of ART01envisioned as TAZ in the ContentArt gallery. Maria Karaginani from Greece, living in Rotterdam will partly be working with sensors and partly with databases and questions of open contents and licensing. Glerm Soares from Brazil was supposed to be at ART01but is lost in the virtual world somewhere. His case can be explained with the story from Brazil that goes something like this: when a person goes to meet another person, and second person is not there, first person doesn’t say he haven’t met the second one, but he says he met second persons absence. Pedro Zaz originally from Portugal, living in Berlin was always into TAZ and will be there for visual and sound extravaganza. Also, Pod P, USA freedomfighter living in Berlin will be there with pirate cinema and helping hand.

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Remote participation – turning bad to good

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When organizing an event with international participants one has to consider that their calender can change which can bring a havoc to original meeting plans. This is why the process has to be open enough so that changes in participation do not stop the realisation. Also, an event can collide with another event with similar features. This two cases can be taken as possibilities, rather than obstacles.

Best way to turn this two cases from a problem to optional add to the program is remote participation that can be organized with on-line tools, video and audio streaming. Other types of loop process can be initiated too, using scope of different information types that are exchanged. Programs can be exchanged with audio for example where each of events pick up the stream of other one and play it on the speakers. Same can be done with video streams where lectures, performances and conferencing can be arranged.

Negotiating ContentArt space and other specs of Berlin event

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ART01 will be presented in ContentArt gallery during Transart Institute’s second year students exhibition. Incorporating open-end, self-organized system into TIs presentation orientated system of gallery will have to take negotiating on aspects of space used for presenting artwork, noise pollution, ad-hoc collaborative practices, etc. For this purpose a detailed specifications of envisioned events are put down on paper, so they can be communicated to the TI administration and fellow students.

Next graph shows envisioned creative circles of ART01.

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In the centre is core group (number of participants and who they are is still negotiated and depends on many factors) that will work between themselves, but will also open space for interaction with anyone: gallery visitors, other groups that will come to the gallery, TI students… Core group, besides their internal creative processes of interaction and information exchange, is also mediating processes between other groups and actors. Their task is also to bring to open end process and self-organized spirit.

Second circle are TI students. As they have own works to present, consideration towards space, noise, actions has to be communicated. TI students communicate with core group in terms of collaborating between group members and their own projects and between events that will be done by external groups.

External groups are envisioned as ones working with new media and interactive approach with community in mind. Open source group can inform and educate on freeing our machines, wireless group on getting us connected peer to peer, food group on international food and group cooking, alternative media on small scale radio broadcasting, Internet audio and video broadcasting, circuit bending group on music improvisation and battery run audio equipment self production, VJ tools for real time video manipulation, etc…

Core group will at all times open new discussions concerning freedom of creativity, authorship, copyright, new technology and production in open end creativity. Discussions will be led on-line and p2p and outcomes will be documented and opened for everyone to comment or to take part.

Events to consider:

1. Linux install festival – free your computer: volunteer based Linux install event with  accompanying event: food, talks, drinks.

2. Radio broadcasting – free your media: small scale FM radio installing and experimental broadcast.

3. Audio and video streaming using open source software – free your network: create your own on-line radio and TV.

4. Food exchange – free your stomach: create food and make it art.

5. VJ/DJ party – participate in creating real time collaborative performances.

(Events can happen in different scale at different locations).


1. For core group: 2 tables 3 meters wide, 4 el. sockets for participant (12), Internet hub and wireless, 2 projectors, printer, audio and video equipment. Position: anywhere in the room where there is a wall that could be used as projection space at least 3×4 meters projection.

2. For external groups: chairs, wifi, el. sockets, projector, chairs.

All equipment, except chairs and tables will be brought by participants.

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System of art polution

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When looking on personal education and information exchange that helped me to became aware of the systems that art operates I have learned that education and academic approaches of dominant and hegemonic western principles created a background for creating superstar environment. In this diagram I am trying to see what influences created such a development.

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Timeline and strategical thinking

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One has to take in consideration low budget when thinking about self organized event. ART01 strives to bring core group of mediators from different countries that requires more hacking concerning funding. For ART01 a complex system of events that can co-fund ART01 is strategically organized. Sets of different approaches are considered for creating a TAZ from resources already available. One has to keep in mind that non of this resources (funders) had TAZ in mind.

This is the general idea of what might be interesting to have as open processes during ART01 in Berlin:

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To organize such an event people from Berlin and other countries are invited to help. It is a loose network created by trust and mutual trust from people who collaborated in this or that way.

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To create funding for core people to be part of ART01 this is envisioned time-line and events that are creating opportunities to share knowledge in the context of art events and gallery exhibitions:

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This is time-line in more details:

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ANT & ART operating systems

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With this diagram I wanted to sketch idea borrowed from those of Actor Network Theory. Multiple actors are connected in network where processes of power relation can be manipulated.

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Cultural invasion

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Musing on how art systems regulates artistic outputs furthering us from autonomy and how project orientated art system needs objects, needs to asses, needs to evaluate. Is cultural invasion making our culture the same, different only by local input of stereotypes?

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ART01 as feedback loop envisioned

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Based on “circular causal” or cybernetic feedback theory (and Jack burnham System Esthetics), this drawing simply shows upgrading of each event done by self-organizing principle, that also resembles process of adoptive systems in Donald Schons theory and practice of learning.

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Envisioned communication streams at ART01 pre-production

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This is a sketch of envisioned communications streams between actors in ART01 event during its preproduction.

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Research on ART01 genealogy

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If we envision ART01 project as a collaborative and process orientated where open source technologies are used, where information dissemination and knowledge transfer is important and by where negating art object and accepting systems aesthetics leads to group production and feedback as an artwork itself, maybe genealogy could be sketched in a way done here:

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ART01 blog construction

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Blog ART01 is constructed according to this diagram.

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Strategies of ECF funds

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One of EU cultural funding institution is European Cultural Foundation (ECF). From their web-page: “We believe that culture engages and inspires people to transcend boundaries. The connecting power of culture is essential for creating open, inclusive and democratic societies, and is invaluable for building Europe.”

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Both positive and suspicious criticism can be turned to question of boundaries and to connecting power as it seems by the overview of granted projects from the past that projects envision “barbaric”, “primitive”, “outlandish”, “fringe”, or in most cases “exotic” cultures showcasing in dominant one: Roma, Balkan, etc. in EU.

Is ECF creating a showcases for cultures that have been, or will be included in EU dominant one so as to create atmosphere for domestic/dominant cultures to acknowledge them and thus make less space possible for nationalist forces build up on preconceptions? Maybe that would be the entrance point for ECF grant? There is no explanation what are the boundaries, so one has to envision them according to information on ECF in order to transcendent them accordingly.

“Connecting power” can be loosely interpreted as networking structure of actors in cultural scene: artist and cultural workers. Personal impression is that the artist here is portrayed as “aesthetics design worker” that will create representation according to the cultural worker visions (management in the cultural world where artist becomes a meager discussed by Brian Holmes, Gerald Rauning and others springs to mind). So it is not connections of the artists, but connection of interest groups specified by the cultural managers and cultural industry.

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Musing on aesthetics and theory of Art01

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What interests me the most, I think, is that I am looking for a way to explain what are different aspects of explaining system of ART01. By creating event I am proposing:

– alternative event to dominant of art exhibition where artworks are offered for inspection, assessment and consummation;

– an environment where process is in focus, thus modes of operating change to adjust it;

– that aesthetics are than of process, not of object;

– that form is a process and content is actions that make the process.

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Dear friend, I would like to invite you for a collaborative project that would start now as online communication and disscusion and end as residency in Berlin summer 2010. The points our collaboration would address are:

– redefining borders of art systems with autonomy as a strategy;
– developing alternative and parallel art systems;
– DIY aesthetics (Do it Yourself);
– DIWO aesthetics (Do it With Others);
– multidisciplinary and interactive approach;
– collaborative and participatory art practices.

Methods: Donald Schons “learning, reflection and change” will be initiated and carried out trough action, reflection in action and reflection on action. According to Castoriadis self-instituted autonomy of the work-progress of such group would be implemented trough critical self- and social- reflexion considering the “ . . . motives, its reasons for acting, its deep-seated tendencies . . . ” to distributed creativity and non-authorship that includes (not independence but) interdependence. Interactivity between participants are in focus, not the final work. Improvising with everyday together with use of digital technologies and free open source software for multimedia, but also in any sort of discipline and its interactivity is welcomed. (to be discussed)

Goals: to create an environment where autonomy is negotiated, discussed and acted. To create environment where participants exchange knowledge and produce art work as interaction between participants that include forms that are temporal and done in real time, as focus is on interactivity, not on the finalized object. Modes of representation are negotiated to the point where process becomes representation.

Why: focus on collaborations and non-authorship comes from the idea that one, solitary, individual creator drives into self-egoistic occupation that results in confrontation, rivalry and competition which are pillars for functioning of neo-liberal society. To exchange knowledge and to collaborate, in this sense, means to create environment where creativity is not based on market driven forces.

How: To keep open flow of ideas and to create flow between participants, actions are introduced by participants where improvisation and bricolage approach to creativity is happening in real time. Participants bring their ideas that are proposed, discussed and rehearsed beforehand by using on-line tools. Ideas are initiated at the residency and acted out. Focus is that each participant strives to connects his/hers creativity to initiated idea. This way we are striving to produce a human/machine feedback-loop.

Important background:
Researching autonomy in art operating systems brought me to a conclusion that only by producing an event consisting of transdiciplinary activities that are initiated by the participants and developed in horizontal manner and self-organizing fashion, can I introduce and present complex social and group topography in such art autonomy. I have decided to initiate this project as my MFA final exam at Transart Institute, which in a way contradicts my proposal. People can ask: why should we work for your MFA, what is our benefit? And I do agree that question is on the right track. But I also do put blind faith in people, where I am proposing a TAY inside art operating system of TI, where gallery can be used, appropriated, for our own way of expressing. By (blind) trust in human goodness I have proposed something that can go wrong in many ways: no participants, no funds, TI administration doesn’t approve the project, there is no visible artistic merit, there is no artistic authorship that can be assessed, etc. Partially, this is what I want to confront by critically observing system of the study and art I am taking part. Partially, I am trying to use this opportunity to make another meeting position of like-minded people, using the system that already exists, by parasiting on resources that are there, but to also give back knowledge and information that needs to be shared. I see this project as creating temporary autonomy zone in the system of institution, a system of collective experience and experiment instead of individual showcase.

Time: to be negotiated – approximately between 15th of July 2010 and 15th August 2010.

Place: ContentArt gallery, Berlin, other locations are optional.

Proposed time-line: (to be changed and discussed according to work flow and interests)

Now: opening mailing list in accordance to people invited
trough February: discussion on methods and goals and WHY
trough March: proposing action and discussing them
trough April: proposing on-line software that would suit virtual participation, discussing and tryouts
trough May: propose activities – skill sharing – discuss needs, equipment etc
trough June: finalize time-line for actual event
July – August: event

Connections of funders, production and public

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If autonomous art system is envisioned, than a valid question is where the money comes from and how it influences a project. In this diagram a positive way to give back value to the public for their tax collected money is drawn. Giving back to the public trough involving them inthe project or giving information on how to and creating space for workshops where knowledge transfer is happening are some of the options.

What is in question here is how to negotiate and how to recognize positions of systems that apply for funding: what is agenda of their system, what is systems background? Simply, are they following structure that funder requires to obtain funds or is their focus to retur public welth in the sphere of public.

TI event interdependancies diagram

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A diagram of ART01 operations, interdependencies and solutions for organizing TI 2010 event – relations put to visible.

What is that ART01 is researching

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This diagram is showing what research ART01 will focus on and what tools will be used: what is collaboration and how it works, what are systems of institution that we are working within, and what are systems of representation in process-orientated art (

System of ART01 at TI 2010 show

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Diagram of envisioned  dependencies that ART01 will be part of when produced at TI exhibition, July/August 2010.

Funding option

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As ART01 would be collaboration between members of EU and Balkan countries, it occurred to me that ECF funding would be in place for such a project. Researching their web pages I have found that, lucky, they are opening something called “Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture”. By reading summaries of artistic project that applied, went trough the process and won the funding I realized that ART01 will have to adjust to ECF guidelines.

NEGOTIATING ART01 EVENT: TI administration, mentors and fellow students

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Proposal for TI administration, mentors and fellow students:

Researching autonomy in art operating systems has brought me to the following conclusion: producing an actual event consisting of transdisciplinary activities (that are initiated by the participants and developed in a horizontal and self-organizing fashion) is the only way that I can present the complexity of the social and group topography of such an event. Documenting previous projects and exhibiting the documentation (in any media) allocates observers into the position of consumer, while I am interested in negotiating participatory positions. Creating an art-lab system is the only way in which I can accurately demonstrate the proposed participatory work flow and its consequent outcomes.

An alternative system to TI final exhibition is proposed where the existing system of presenting students’ work (i.e. work exhibited in an individual fashion) would be partially replaced by an art-lab system where group(s) of collaborators would create actions (workshops, real rime performances, art actions…) that would circulate from one participant to another in order to be changed, added on, or removed from. The method that would suit the envisioned art-lab is one offered by Donald Schön: one that incorporates “learning, reflection and change”. In relation to the art-lab this would mean: action, reflection in action and reflection on action. To keep the flow of ideas open and to create flow between participants, actions will be introduced through an improvisatory bricolage approach to creativity that happens in real time.

According to Castoriadis’ concept of self-instituted autonomy, this group should use critical self- and social- reflection, to consider its “motives, its reasons for acting, its deep-seated tendencies”, in order to facilitate a distributed creativity and non-authorship that emphasises not independence but interdependence. The focus on collaborations and non-authorship comes from the idea that one, solitary, individual creator tends towards a self-centred and egoistical pre-occupation that results in confrontation, rivalry and competition, which are in turn necessary qualities for the functioning of neo-liberal society.

Improvisation – practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one’s immediate environment and inner feelings.
Synchronism – Coincidence in time; simultaneity.

EEII’09 diagram

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EEII’09 diagram showing interdependencies between participants, organizations,funders, media coverage, themes and methods of the event.

Horizontal distribution at EEII’09 festival

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Experimental Electronic Intervention (EEII) is an event that has 6 years of existence worked on self-organized principles. It’s main organizational principles are:
1. there is no audience: event is organized so everyone could take part in creative process;
2. there is no one organizer, everyone helps in organization, organization and curatorial process is collaborative;
3. there is no final exhibition, but what matter is a process of creativity;
4. focus is on collaborative work and distancing the process from individual representations and authorship.

EEII’09 was focused on collaborative work where ideas of every participant would be connected into one “organism”. It was 12 hours event (during December 2009), where participants went trough proposing their individual projects, to connecting them into jointed event, to realizing real time performances that were similar to Fluxus events in their free flow.

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Above drawing is a sketch used to show loop of informations flow from one to other artist. There is a suit with light sensors that reflect on light conditions in the space, sending the sound over FM transmitter to radio receiver. This one is connected to computer and mixer where sound is additionally worked on. From here it is send to another computer with arduino board that controls lights in the room. Another computer with camera is filming actor with the suit and trough computer this image is mixed with other images and is beamed on the wall. Actor can move according to the light input, sound input or mixed image displayed behind him/her.

Autonomy in arts: a diagram

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Complex art operating system

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This is a complex art operating system diagram that is showing interconnections between people, organizations and projects that were developed between Belgium, Slovakia and Check Republic.

Diagram was sketched during Multimedia camp (MMKamp’09), an event held in Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, where different artist and art organizations were introducing their work and where future plans created for art/ecology/performances projects and collaborations.

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Art operating systems here are brought to such difficulties by always following state systems – each artist creates a group, connects it to another group in another country or city so opportunities grow bigger. Each artist and group open their project that includes multidimensional outputs. They interact with each other on basis of funds received and needs to express. Complexity of interchange and interactions are mostly due to EU cultural funders and policies.

ArteMov festival in BeloHorizonte

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Culture Robot 4.0 project won a prize at ArteMove festival in Belo Horizonte. Winning a prize brought a complex issues and questions: what are interdependencies between artists inside the team, and what are connections between them individually and the festival team. Also , what are the prerogatives and standards that prizes are given for?

As festival is sponsored by Nokia and other corporate powers in Brazil, question is what are dependencies between creating the festival and the capital.

I made a few attempts in diagram drawings:

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Installation of CR 4.0 at ArteMOv festival

CR 4.0 installation at ArteMov festival


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4 days of workshops – Circuit bending, arduino, open source tools for sound and video + evening shows. System: get funds from state, city, county, funds for civil society. Get help from local privat bussines.

Negotiations: eat at local rpvat bussines, sleep at local privat hotel, state looks to see what are numbers: how many guests, how many meadia articles, etc., county and city  are looking in how media coverage of event will be on national scale to propagate local political  structures. Civil societ funds have strict causes, in this case propagating reconciliation (many years after wors on Balkans) – consecvences are that bands and artists playing on the event are form Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

ACTFest diagram

ACTFest diagram

Longer blog entry covering the event >>

Temporary Autonomous Arts Manchester event

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Wall graphite
Wall graphite

Inspired by London collective ‘Random Artists’, over the past few years collective groups in Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Brighton have been coming together to create a cultural, interactive, autonomous space where people are free to be, free to create, and free to express themselves. Forbiden Arts Manchester in 2009 happened in occupied primary school building that was left empty waiting for decisions by city hall and omnipotent property developers will it be brought down or repaired. Idea was to enter existing space that is not used at the moment and put it into public use for local community. Doors were open to everyone who wanted to take part in collective art event.

Noisy Toys room - colective sound/noise experiance
Noisy Toys room – colective sound/noise experiance

Wall paintings, poetry readings, video nights, fashion show, sound workshops, cabaret, installations, raveoke night, all fitted in aesthetics of local event that is characterized on MFA web page as: “An event like this doesn’t just happen but is the result of many, many people’s hard work.”

TAA Manchester big hall event
TAA Manchester big hall event

Noisy Toys collaborative event video >>

Event diagram:

TAA Manchester diagram

TAA Manchester diagram

Event: Last Theater Show Ever

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THE LAST THEATER SHOW EVER,  I-Camp theater, Munchen was a collaborative, participants interactive experiment in deconstructing theater and working in horizontal manner, where there is no single and individual artist. Idea and methodology was to deconstruct traditional theater trough series of collaborative works where one work was supposed to lean on another, where each participant brings an idea and connects it to someone. International crew came around and investigated for 5 days in what might be called horizontal construction decision making and constant reevaluating of the final presentation that was constructed of three distinctive pieces.

All three were on collaboration but with different input and output models: one was following movements outside of theater and by computer calculations bringing it inside trough sound and visuals done with found (theater) hardware.

Another used sound in feedback communication that deconstructed viewers position and placement in theater, being done under the stage and audience sitting space.

Third one used virtual theater through on-line software with international particiants being projected on theater walls, together with orchestrated individual who brought event there.

Experiment was worth while intentions to discover what are group dynamics when artist are put together to work on something that calls for collaboration and sharing. Not to forget to mention that putting creativity with different bacgrounds into same place can be very frustrating and cathartic at the same time.

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Sounds of travel

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Collection of sounds recorded while traveling >> . Advised is to download them all and put them in your sound player, listen with shuffle on.
Next one is from train going between Edinburgh and Manchester:

Art Operating Systems

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Art Operating Systems are systems defined by what kind of art operates inside them. Art Operating System that is putting, before everything else, market value of art work, or is generating value of creativity according to benefits for entertainment industry  differs from system that takes art as a means for constant reevaluating of ones symbolic being in the society and world at large.Art Operating Systems can differ in its capacity to be self critical and to reevaluate its points in need to change, and in its hegemonic need to dictate creative standards that are unalterable.

How will it be done

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There is certain move from traditional visualization to data visualization I have to have in mind. When I was attending art academy I was drawing sketches and drawings. Now, as technology progressed in direction where we use tools that compute while making creative works, I am driven to make diagrams, relationships, mathematical equations not in numbers but in graphs.

So first I have to create visualization that would be representational of ART01 project. but how to represent something that is looking not to be representative art?

ART01 musing

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First of all I have to explain to myself what is it that I am doing and than I have to put it in format that will be understandable to others. I am moved to realize project ART 01 that will be overview of my understanding of art systems we are dealing with and how am I looking for autonomy by creating parallel or alternative art systems.

Second try to define ART01

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I am looking for the method of how to work around art project that follows my multidisciplinary artistic practices whatever they might be at given moment (multimedia artist, artivist (artist-activist), bureaucrat, nomad, lecturer/educator, musician, computer based artist…) and wherever they might take place (gallery, street, festival, theater, NGO space, etc).

  • I have successfully took part of couple self-organized “open process” events with collaborative outputs.
  • I have had been in constant contact with Ministry of Culture of Croatia and other funders to secure the fundings for further events.
  • I have been gathering documentations about my everyday life, my travels and bureaucratic operations I have to get involved with.
  • I have started taking video and audio material looking for different media to capture and document, but all seamed to fail to get the moments I was looking to represent.

My output was being documented on web-log trough photography and text. Research is being done in what kind of output would this material take shape, and what kind of tools could be used. All ideas seemed too narrow though, thats why I gave this material a tag ‘frozen in time’, as captured didn’t, and in my opinion couldn’t represent my need to consolidate art practices and ideas I was forming.

Sleeping and working place of artist in Manchester

Sleeping and working place of artist in Manchester


Traveling >>

Artist living space >>

From the events >>


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Art project will follow my multidisciplinary artistic practices whatever they might be at given moment (multimedia artist, artivist (artist-activist), bureaucrat, nomad, lecturer/educator, musician, computer based artist…) and wherever they might take place (gallery, street, festival, theater, NGO space or other forms of events).

I will collect evidence or data about processes taking place during my artistic practices, and archive it so it can be presented in different ways. I will detect how did I obtain funding and put it in context with what am I supposed to do at given event. Events I will strive to be part of will be collaborative, self- organizing and with horizontal structure. Final outcome presented at the summer 2010 can vary in form – a blog, self interviews, map of travel, collected trivia while traveling, institutional and bureaucratic documentation, emails while setting up connections with anyone that will have me or my work presented. It will resemble a diary of my nomadic artistic practices.

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