Open Congress: Creativity and the Public Domain at the Tate


An artist at the Media and Film Dept at the University of Sussex just sent me a slew of interesting open-source links, among them (thanks David!):

The Libre Society
> "...exploring the intersections between critical thought, technology, art and transformative practice."

LOCA Records > a copyleft record label

and information about the Open Congress symposium coming to the Tate, including a Wiki:

...a group of artists, researchers and academics - some of whom are based at Chelsea College of Art and Design - who are working towards: an OpenCongress that seeks to understand how methodologies derived from Free/Libre and Open Source Software [FLOSS] production can be deployed by those working in the area of art, visual culture and cultural production in general.

Here's the Wiki's RSS feed.

Participants include Cory Doctorow, McKenzie Wark, Saul Albert, Trebor Scholz, Richard Barbrook...

via Tate Britain:
Open Congress: Creativity and the Public Domain
Friday 7 October 2005, 11.00-17.00
and Saturday 8 October 2005, 11.00-17.00

The impact on creative practice of the extraordinary development of Open Source software - free computer programs that anyone can modify and redistribute - has revitalised wider interest in collaborative creativity, the public domain and the openness of public institutions.

This innovative event explores, through its structure and content, how Open Source-inspired methods can transform art and its institutions by challenging conventional practices of authorship, ownership and distribution. International and British artists, theorists, academics and activists come together for lectures and workshops in spaces throughout the gallery.

For more information visit
In collaboration with Chelsea College of Art and Design, NODE.L, Wireless London, and Mute

This event will be webcast
Tate Britain Auditorium
£20 (£15 concessions), booking required