FREE CULTURE (svobodna kultura) Dox Centre for Contemporary Art (March 18-May 16, 2010)
Co-curated by Daphne Carr and Jiri Hula
The exhibit raises questions the limits of the “private property” model of creative work in the digital era and with its rise in collective authorship, non-profit artistic production, inexpensive or free online distribution, widespread practices of sampling, and accessibility of work that has been digitized and that can be collected into archives. The exhibit focuses on the creator’s control over the manner of their work’s use after publication and in circulation, asking what goals one has for publishing work — profit, prestige, or social good.
Through text, documents, and image we engage the philosophy of “intellectual property” in the Czech Republic and worldwide, and traces the rise of alternative copyright systems that challenge global intellectual property law and corporate control of culture. The exhibit focuses on the rise of the Creative Commons movement and the development of a simple system of licenses that allow authors to control their work: the Creative Commons licenses. We look at the development and success of Creative Commons in three case study nations —the Czech Republic, Brazil, and the United States. The exhibit also shows the practical realities of contemporary artists and institutions who need to find new funding models as the economics of creative production shift dramatically.
The exhibit also ties the alternative copyright movement to its intellectual heritage—the practices of collage, satire, samizdat publishing, quotation and sampling, and to larger social questions about the benefits of cultural exchange through sharing and gifting. We present a selection of work that has consciously or retrospectively become “illegal art” for their sampling of pre-existing works, including Andy Warhol and Ji?í Kolá?.
The exhibit also presents Creative Commons-licensed tracks by prominent Czech musicians and an open-software remixing system for in-gallery and on-line remix. A number of hands-on remix workshops, films, lectures, and a Creative Commons salon are planned events around this exhibit for the month of April.
Digital Economies and the Politics of Circulation
"Cultures of Musical Circulation" exhibit, April 2009
As part of the 2009 Digital Economies and the Politics of Circulation conference at Columbia University, I put together an exhibit titled Cultures of Musical Circulation. Faculty, fellows, and students from the CU ethnomusicology program contributed ethnographic materials on the changing face of musical exchange and circulation. I was especially pleased with a series of photos of noise cassettes from Dr. David Novak's dissertation fieldwork collection (second image).
George F. Boyer Museum
3907 Pacific Avenue Wildwood, N. J. 08260
Neon: The Light Of The Wildwoods (Summer 2007)
This was an exhibit on the neon sign heritage of the four communities that make up The Wildwoods in Southern New Jersey.The exhibit included a history of neon sign making, a hands-on exhibit on the materials of neon sign making, a display of original documentary photographs of the Wildwoods' neon signs, and a photo album of the complete archive of the community's neon signs as they existed between 2005-2007. An earlier version of this exhibit existed at the Doo Wop Preservation League Museum in Wildwood, NJ. Special thanks for this go to Anthony Canzano at the George F. Boyer Museum and to Fred Musso, local neon sign maker.
Check out my photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/themusicissue/