The nomadic TRACES Lounge responds to the high geographical and intellectual mobility demanded from artists and curators today by offering a space for slow culture, relaxed interaction and deeper exchange. Visitors are invited to discuss the realities of navigation within Free Culture and the Open Web as they participate in the TRACES live radio show, and the TRACES 'Open Zone Special Edition'.
Sharism is the pledge of Creative Commons. In opposition to the legal concerns regarding loss of copyright control today's sharing environment is more protected than one might think. Many new social applications make it easy to set terms-of-use along the sharing path and their infringement will be challenged not just by the law, but by your community: Your audience – who benefit from your sharing – as the gatekeepers of your rights! This workshop demonstrates the benefits of sharing through examples of Sharism projects and Creative Commons licenses, while challenging views on real value and contributions, both economic and creative.
Fair Use looks at our accelerating culture through the electronic performance and remixing of cinema. The trio uses the picture and soundtrack of culturally significant movies, drastically compressed in time, as the sole materials for an improvised set which interrogates our cinematic memories through frenetic audiovisual processing and re-narration of the cinematic object. Fair Use will be performing a triple feature based on The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and Kubrick's 2001, investigating three aspects of establishment of the self in an unknown universe.
One day, a spectacular vision popped into Ei Wada's mind. It was the image of abandoned electrical appliances being played as musical instruments in the streets of a city. Through experimentation with old CRT televisions and VCRs, the young artist from Japan was finally able to realize his idea. He now has a computer-controlled percussion instrument with the range of an entire octave, on which he will give rousing, rhythmic performances daily during the festival.
The current edition of Labor Berlin features American-born artist and filmmaker Reynold Reynolds. Influenced early on by philosophy and working primarily with 16mm and Super 8mm film as an art medium he has developed a common film grammar based on transformation, consumption and decay. Reynolds frequently depicts disturbed psychological and physical themes, increasingly provoking the viewer's participation and dismay.