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Free/Libre Technologies, Arts and the Commons: An Unconference about Art, Design, Technology, Making, Cities and their Communities

The Unconference is organized by the University of Nicosia Research Foundation as part of project PHYGITAL, and co-organized in collaboration with the Fine Arts Programme, Department of Design and Multimedia, hack66, and the Municipality of Lakatamia. The implementation partner is Future Worlds Centre.
What kind of creativity comes after today’s digital cultures? After the smart city, post-surveillance, post-innovation, when social entrepreneurship discourse has ran its course?

In the last few years there has been a sharp momentum in the growth of groups and spaces that operate under collective and community- driven structures of collaboration and shared learning processes (onsite and online). This is happening in parallel to greater debates around the fate of the commons, openness, freedom of access and how new digital scapes are influencing how we shape socially and community orientated art, design and technological practices.

In our times of digital communalities bringing together issues related to art, design, technology, governance, and the commons, makes apparent the need to critically reflect on contemporary discourses of openness and freedom, and redefine the ways we produce and share knowledge, not least about new possibilities of production and sharing in themselves.

Considering our digital realisms and increasingly disparate lived realities we wish to explore approaches and examples to activism in relation to social movements around making and sharing, critical artistic practices, and their related technological shifts. Especially as pockets of our cities are being transformed into creative and entrepreneurial hubs, reflection becomes necessary in how the setup of these collective hubs of knowledge production effects and affects urbanisation, regeneration and issues related to the smart city and its mechanisms of surveillance.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Richard Stallman
  • Gregory Sholette
  • Luiz Guilherme Vergara
  • Johan Soderberg
  • Gabriele de Seta
  • Lynn Jones & Harriet Poppy Speed
  • Ruth Catlow
  • Silvia Federici

Unconference Format

The Unconference brings together scholars and practitioners across fields, to convene, share, and collaborate on issues around the physical and digital commons, the free and open source art and technology movements, as well as collective and community- driven structures of collaboration and shared pedagogic processes (onsite and online).

This Unconference follows the momentum of a broader movement rethinking the academic conference format towards a more connected model of knowledge sharing, peer learning and collaboration. This allows presentations of research while it also allows participants to work together and set their own agenda in workshops that respond to previous proposals as well as spontaneously emerging priorities. We will be hosting participants from a broad network of researchers and activists across fields, and connecting remotelywith others.

The Unconference participants are invited to contribute to an Open A