"how to" in autonomous art (metadata)

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.


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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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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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

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.

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