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<nettime> 'Information wants to be free' - Wizards of OS Workshop in Hamburg



                                    The Wizards of OS  
                    "INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE"  
       The Digital Knowledge Order between Rights Control Systems   
                              and Information Commons  
       Die digitale Wissensordnung zwischen Rechtekontrollsystemen   
                               und Wissens Allmende
                    http://mikro.org/Events/OS/interface5/   
                                       22.09.2000  
                               Kunstverein Hamburg  
                             Klosterwall 23, Hamburg  

Eintritt 15 DM / ermaeszigt 10 DM  
(teilweise in englischer Sprache)  

Live Webcast (in Quicktime) am 22.9., 12:00 19:30 [GMT +2?] auf
http://www.interface5.de/home/broadcast/broadcast_index.html  

organized by Wizards of OS   
(mikro, Humboldt University Informatik & Gesellschaft)  
Wolfgang Coy & Volker Grassmuck  
Workshop within the Interface 5  
   

(Schedule, speakers info & abstracts below)                                                     
      

          


English  

The 'Commons' is an old term for a communcal form of property. In the
field of intellectual property, the GNU General Public License (GPL)
creates a similar kind of Knowledge Commons that allows people in open
cooperation to develop and nurture a wealth of software. While the
"Wizards of OS. Open Sources and Free Software" in July 1999 in the
House of Cultures of the World Berlin took Free Software as its focus,
this Wizards of OS Workshop widens its scope to include other forms of
free information  in science and in the arts, in the libraries and
in the sky above. Today, the term Commons is usually used in the
context of environmental policies. In the interest of our
informational environment the workshop asks for opportunities and
chances for equal access and informational sustainability.


Deutsch  

'Allmende' ist ein alter Begriff fuer kommunitaeres Eigentum. Im
Bereich des geistigen Eigentums schafft die GNU General Public License
(GPL) eine aehnliche Form von Wissens Allmende, die es Menschen
erlaubt, in offener Kooperation miteineinander einen Reichtum an
Software zu entwickeln und zu pflegen. Waehrend die "Wizards of OS.
Open Sources and Free Software" im Juli 1999 im Haus der Kulturen der
Welt Berlin ihren Schwerpunkt auf die Freie Software legten, umfaszt
dieser Wizards of OS Workshop einen breiteren Bereich von freiem
Wissen in der Wissenschaft und der Kunst, in den Bibliotheken und
Himmel ueber uns. Heute wird der Begriff Allmende gewoehnlich im
Zusammenhang der Umweltpolitik gebraucht. Im Interesse unserer
informationellen Umwelt fragt der Workshop nach den Moeglichkeiten und
Chancen fuer einen gleichen Zugang und eine informationelle
Nachhaltigkeit.
                                                                  


SCHEDULE  

12:00 Welcome / Introduction,   

Wolfgang Coy, Professor for Computer Science and Society at Humboldt
University, Berlin

Volker Grassmuck, mikro & CS Humboldt Uni Berlin & Professor Media Art,   
Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig  

12:30 "Informationsfreiheit und urheberrechtlicher Interessenkonflikt" [in German] 
 
Gabriele Beger, Copyright Attorney of the Federal Union of German Library   
Associations  

13:30 "Wissenskommunismus: Anachronismus oder Futurismus fuer das   
Informationszeitalter" [in German]  
Helmut Spinner, Institute of Philosophy, University Karlsruhe   

14:30 break   

14:45 "Anti-Copyright in Subcultural Art Currents" [in German]
Florian Cramer, Literature Scientist, Free University Berlin and Neoist Activist,  
Berlin   

15:45 "Makrolab -- The Library in the Sky" [in English]
Marko Peljhan, Makrolab, Ljubljana   

16:45 break   

17:00 "Information as a prime and primarily relational value" [in English]  
Sally Jane Norman, New Zealander/ French performing arts theorist, Paris   

18:00 "An Informational History of the World" [in English]  
Phil Agre, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los  
Angeles   

19:00 panel discussion   

ab ca. 20:00 Screening: Craig Baldwin, "Sonic Outlaws" (USA, 1995, 80 Min.)  



SPEAKERS  

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GABRIELE BEGER  
<beger {AT} zlb.de>  
Homepage: <http://www.zlb.de/bibliothek/standorte/beger.htm>  

Copyright Attorney of the Federal Union of German Library
Associations; Director of the Berlin City Library in the Foundation
Central and State Library Berlin; Head of the Dpt. Media Center of the
Central and State Library Berlin; teaches library, information and
documentation law at Humboldt University Berlin and at Fachhochschule
Potsdam; Managing Chairwoman of the Berlin Association within the
German Library Association; Chairwoman of the Law Commission of EDBI
(Ehemaliges Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut); member of the German
Culture Council; member of the curatorium of the Literary Colloquium
Berlin.


INFORMATIONSFREIHEIT UND URHEBERRECHTLICHER  
INTERESSENKONFLIKT  

"Verhindern kann man virtuelle Bibliotheken nicht, also muss man sie
lizenzieren - hier besteht dringender Handlungsbedarf."

Die Informationsfreiheit, das Recht eines jeden Buergers, sich
ungehindert und unabhaengig von seiner sozialen Stellung aus
veroeffentlichten Quellen zu informieren, stellt ein fundamentales
Menschenrecht dar. In mehreren internationalen Abkommen haben sich
Staaten zu ihrer Einhaltung verpflichtet. Die Bundesrepublik
Deutschland hat dieses Grundrecht in Art 5 ihrer Verfassung
niedergeschrieben. Urheberrechtliches Schaffen basiert auf der
Ausuebung der Informationsfreiheit. Ohne Auseinandersetzung mit
vorhandenem geistigen Schaffen waere eine Weiterentwicklung in
Wissenschaft, Kunst und Literatur nicht moeglich. Freie Information
sichert Fortschritt, qualifizierte Arbeitskraefte und damit
Wirtschaftsstandorte.


*********************************  

HELMUT SPINNER  
<rc01 {AT} rz.unikarlsruhe.de>  
Homepage: <http://www.unikarlsruhe.de/~philosophie/spinner.html>  

Head of the Institute of Philosophy, University Karlsruhe, head of
Studium Generale. Research areas: philosophy and sociology of science
and technology, modern and contemporary philosophy.


KNOWLEDGE COMMUNISM: ANACHRONISM OR FUTURISM FOR THE   
INFORMATION AGE  


*********************************  

FLORIAN CRAMER  
<paragram {AT} gmx.net>   
Homepage: <http://userpage.fuberlin.de/~cantsin>  

Born 1969, studied general and comparative literature science, art
history and German philology in Berlin, Konstanz and
Amherst/Massachusetts (USA), teaches at the Institute for General and
Comparative Literature Science, Free University Berlin. Participated
in the "Festivals of Plagiarism" und "Neoist Apartment Festivals"
since 1989, published in PhotoStatic/Retrofuturism, YAWN, SMILE, works
on neoism.org since 1995, arcticles on Neoism in: Stewart Home and
Florian Cramer, The House of Nine Squares, London: Invisible Books,
1997, and in: Mario Mentrup (ed.), Printidentitaeten, Berlin: Maas
Verlag, 2000 Since 1996 various talks and essays on literature and
computer. PerlProgrammer, GNU/Linux user since 1996 and speaker at
events by Berliner Linux User Group (BeLUG). His website
"Permutationen" was awarded the Special Price by the Pegasus '98 jury.


ANTICOPYRIGHT IN SUBKULTURELLEN KUNSTSTROEMUNGEN  

In den spaeten 1980er und fruehen 1990er Jahren organisierte sich eine
kuenstlerische Subkultur aus dem Umfeld von Mail Art und
experimenteller Cassettenmusik um die Schlagwoerter von "plagiarism"
und "anticopyright". Interessanter vielleicht als die Bilder, Toene
und Performances, die im Namen dieser vorgeblichen Bewegung produziert
wurden, ist die theoretische Debatte, die ihre Akteure unter anderem
in den Zeitschriften "PhotoStatic/Retrofuturism", "YAWN" und "VAGUE"
fuehrten. Die historischen Bezuege gehen zurueck bis LautrÚamont,
erweisen sich aber bei genauerer Betrachtung als Kette von
interessanten Fehllektueren. Nicht minder aufschluszreich sind die
Differenzen und Ueberschneidungen des AnticopyrightAktivismus mit
Freier Software und ihrem "Copyleft", mit Literaturtheorien des
Einflusses und der Intertextualitaet, mit poetischem "playgiarism",
der "Appropriation Art" der 1980er und der Netzkunst der 1990er Jahre.
Der Rueckblick auf diese Diskurse erweitert und schaerft, so meine
These, die Sinne fuer Probleme der Kontrolle und der
Reproduzierbarkeit von Zeichen im Zeitalter ihrer Digitalisierung.


*********************************  

MARKO PELJHAN  
<marxx {AT} ljudmila.org>    

Media artist, born in Nova Gorica, Slovenia 1969. Founder of the
organization Projekt Atol and PACT (Projekt Atol Communication
Technologies) in the frame of which he carries on his research in the
fields of performance, technology applications, radio, sound, video,
film, lectures and situations. He also works as programs coordinator
of Ljudmila Ljubljana digital media lab <http://www.ljudmila.org>)
and as operations coordinator of the Makrolab project
<http://makrolab.ljudmila.org/> which was shown at dokumenta X and in
Adelaide, Australia. His latest project is INSULAR Technologies
(International Networking System for Universal Long distance Advanced
Radio) <http://www.insular.net/>.


MAKROLAB THE LIBRARY IN THE SKY

Project Makrolab (1997, ongoing, <http://makrolab.ljudmila.org/>, also
at <http://www.kudfp.si/~luka/makrolab/> Makrolab is designed as an
autonomous, modular communications and living environment, which is
powered by sustainable sources of energy (solar and wind power). It is
designed for a long existence in an isolated environment and can
withstand extreme natural conditions. Research into telecommunications
as the main aspect of the project is concentrated on the discovery and
recording of the events which take place in the densely populated
abstract areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic
spectrum is a part of the global sociopolitical space, which is
invisible and immaterial on one hand but presents a productive factor
of general living and social conditions on the other. It can be sensed
only by the means of suitable interfaces and specialized knowledge.
The telecommunication activities of makrolab are created as the
process of transcribing invisible and vague micro environmental
activities into traditional, three dimensional textures documents.

Brian Springer, together with whom Marko Peljhan conducted the
Makrolab Project an Dokumenta X wrote: "We approached the sky above
the Lutterberg as a living library out of the shelves of which voices,
images and data communications streamed down to us."


*********************************  

SALLY JANE NORMAN  
<norman {AT} wanadoo.fr>   

New Zealander/ French cultural theorist and practitioner working in
performing arts, new media and technology; holder of a doctorat de
IIIe cycle and doctorat d’état in theatre studies (Université de Paris
III); scientific director of the 1993 Louvre international conference
on "New Images and Museology"; instigator of performance/ technology
events (Institut International de la Marionnette,
CharlevilleMézières; Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie,
Karlsruhe; Studio for Electro Instrumental Music  STEIM  Amsterdam);
collaborator on ESPRIT art and technology projects at the ZKM
(199799); artistic advisor to STEIM; member of the European Cultural
Backbone; director of the Ecole Supérieure de l’Image,
Angoulême/Poitiers, France.


INFORMATION AS A PRIME AND PRIMARILY RELATIONAL VALUE  

Current attempts to use digital tools to inventory humanity's material
and immaterial assets, to merchandise as information products elements
of our hitherto inalienable cultural heritage, are both threatening
and absurd. Threatening, insofar as corporate avarice already weighs
heavily on certain kinds of previously accessible, shareable knowledge
and experience. Absurd, insofar as the digital visionaries driving
this commodification race are as short sighted as Midas: information
which is processed as discrete packets of goods, cut off from the res
publica from which it emerges and whereby it survives and evolves, is
doomed. Turning information into nuggets of discrete digital gold is
tantamount to killing it. Because information is only meaningful in
the context of human relations: it is generated, nurtured, and
transformed  in short, brought and kept alive through intercourse
via active, interactive human minds. My presentation attempts to focus
on the participatory, social quality of information, and to stress the
vanity and danger  of information hoarding that fails to recognise
this vital quality.


*********************************  

PHIL AGRE  
<pagre {AT} ucla.edu>   
Homepage: <http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/>  

Philip E. Agre is an associate professor of information studies at
University of California, Los Angeles. He received his PhD in computer
science from MIT in 1989, having conducted dissertation research in
the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory on computational models of
improvised activities. Before arriving at UCLA he taught at the
University of Sussex and UC San Diego, and has been a visiting
professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Paris. He
is the author of "Computation and Human Experience" (Cambridge
University Press, 1997), and the coeditor of "Technology and Privacy:
The New Landscape" (with Marc Rotenberg, MIT Press, 1997),
"Reinventing Technology, Rediscovering Community: Critical Studies in
Computing as a Social Practice" (with Douglas Schuler, Ablex, 1997),
and "Computational Theories of Interaction and Agency" (with Stanley
J. Rosenschein, MIT Press, 1996). His current research concerns the
role of emerging information technologies in institutional change;
applications include privacy policy and the networked university. He
edits an Internet mailing list called the Red Rock Eater News Service
that distributes useful information on the social and political
aspects of networking and computing to 4000 people in 60 countries.


AN INFORMATIONAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD  

Information technology, we have often heard, is bringing about an
idealized market economy of global scope. Underneath this conventional
story is a routinized argument about the role of information in
markets: that information technology reduces economies of scale and
thereby reverses longterm historical tendencies toward the
centralization of economic power. This argument, however, does not
make sense. I will use economies of scale as the point of departure
for a strikingly different reframing of the conventional story about
the nature of globalization.

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Wizards of OS <http://mikro.org/wos/>  
mikro e.V. <http://mikro.org/>  
Humboldt University Informatik & Gesellschaft  
<http://waste.informatik.huberlin.de/>  
Interface 5 <http://www.interface5.de>  


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