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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Websining Kuro Satellites


WebSining continues to promote positive discussion on key national issues this time through a series of KURO Satellite Forums. Visit the WebSining website for dates and venues of KURO satellites in your region. The following topics relevant to the artistic community will be taken up across the country, emphasizing the theme of “CONTESTING TRADITIONS”

“Intellectual Property Rights and the Creative Practices.”This KURO aims to discuss intellectual property rights issues with artists and cultural workers. Legal resource persons will be invited together with artists who have had problems with copyrights, censorship and/or whose works challenge Intellectual Property regimes.

To take place in Manila (c/o and BUKAS), and General Santos City (c/o the Third World Network and Kalimudan Art Center).

“Free/Open-Source Software (FOSS) for Artists, Designers and Cultural Workers.”Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's sources. Some consider open source as a philosophy, and others consider it as a pragmatic methodology. The term Free/Open-Source Software (FOSS), or Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS) is used to describe open-source software that is freely available and free of charge. The open source model can allow for the concurrent use of different agendas and approaches in production, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial software companies. This KURO aims to discuss open-source problems and solutions in the creative practices. Here, artists and other practitioners in the culture and arts will have the opportunity to ask everything they want to know about free and open-source software, and how to implement it in their work, where to get it, how it works, and what it means in “ICT for Development” initiatives being undertaken by government and private sector. Artists and resource persons on FOSS will be invited to present and discuss. FOSS CD-ROMs relevant to creative work will also be distributed for free. Problems of using FOSS (i.e. lack of technical support, poor documentation, etc.) will also be discussed, in particular by the invited interlocutors.

To take place in Manila (supported by MAAP-Multimedia Art Asia Pacific), Bicol (c/o Bicol OpenSource Society and Bicol University) and Davao (c/o DabaweGNU)

“How “Hi-Techs” Marginalize Artists.”This KURO aims to talk about how technologies marginalize artists – whether in their creative work or social interactions, economic status, among others. This is a counter-dialogue to the way that “hi-tech” is often mass celebrated and marketed in a euphoric and utopist language. KURO will invite resource persons on “digital divide” issues in the Philippines, and artists who have issues with new technologies (i.e. loss of employment or livelihood, obsolescence of skills and expression, peer and economic pressure of having to “catch up” with the latest technology, among others). Proponents of technology in creative practice will also be invited to present counter-arguments.

To take place in Manila (c/o tutoK/Boston Gallery).

For more details on KURO please call: (02) 435-6684 look for Al Alegre.
Websining Kuro Satellites

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