THE TWO DAY FREE BITFLOWS CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS THAT INVESTIGATE CURRENT AND FUTURE STRATEGIES TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE, OPEN AND EXPERIMENTAL CULTURES THROUGH THE WIRES.
Date: 03. + 04.06.2004
Location: Semperdepot, Prospekthof
Both days: Live Video Streaming + Chat 14.00 - 19.30
Live Stream Chat
The conference will be held in English. Admission is free and no registration required.
Session 1: Organizational Intelligence for Independent Producers
Thursday 03.06. 14.00 - 16.30
Pit Schultz (DE), Reni Hofmueller (AT), Pauline van Mourik Broekman (UK), Marco Deseriis (IT), Moderation: Menno Grootveld (NL)
The content gap is encroaching the independent information providers. The ruthless market efficiency not only shapes content, the quality and depth of information content, in the mainstream channels but the pressure of a global neoliberal regime also has various effects on the not-for-profit intelligence nodes. Being able to compete in certain standards and formats of culture and knowledge dissemination requires smart, mobile and flexible solutions which make best use of the tools of information technology. Global informational networking seems too obvious to mention... but how can it be made into an actual practice and real asset for independent content providers?
Session 2: The Future of File Sharing: Darknet Reloaded?
Thursday 03.06. 17.00 - 19.30
Ian Clarke (IE/US), Janko Roettgers (DE), Sjoera Nas (NL)
The famous Microsoft study concludes that the powers that be don't stand a chance to the reality of the so called "Darknet". A somewhat optimistic note from an unexpected side. At the same time, the legal and technical assault on file sharing and anonymity is in full swing. What is the future of free information exchanges? More anonymity? Or, on the contrary, will uncontrolled p2p disappear into social networks?
Session 3: Archives for the Digital Public Sphere
Friday 04.06. 14.00 - 16.30
Paula Le Dieu (UK), Brewster Kahle (US), Istvan Rev (HU), Moderation: Thorsten Schilling (DE)
Archives, more than ever, are a key component of the cultural landscape. In the context of individualized access and on-demand cultures, the live aspect of digital production has grown comparatively less important. The fact that more is being produced than anyone of us can access in real-time puts emphasis on ways to store, archive and retrieve cultural production after the fact. Last, but not least, in age where sampling and editing have become basic operations of cultural production, archives and open access to their treasures are central to cultural evolution. Commercially, the heightened value of archives has been recognized for a long time, and corporations like Corbis and GettyImages? have already privatized and commodified large parts of our (digitized) pictorial heritage. But what we need are archives that make their contents available freely and promiscuously, otherwise, experimental culture cannot flourish.
Session 4: Compensation Decentral
Friday 04.06. 17.00 - 19.30
Volker Grassmuck (DE), Kristin Thomson (US), Wendy Selzer (US), Bjoern Hartmann (DE/FR), Respondent: Karsten Kinast (AT)
What are the new models and alternatives for a direct beyond the big gatekeepers of the music industry? With only 5% percent of the value going to the creators, there are chances to cut out the media cartels to achieve a fair compensation for artists and a broad distribution of "stuff". What are existing examples and what should we learn from the experiences being made. To reclaim utopias in defense of the imagination might provide enough room for manoeuvre to allow the emergence of new practices beyond the all too real dystopias of digital restrictions at the end of the world as we know it.