AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 133–145 | Cite as

Concerted knowledges and practices: an experiment in autonomous cultural production

25TH ANNIVERSARY VOLUME A FAUSTIAN EXCHANGE: WHAT IS TO BE HUMAN IN THE ERA OF UBIQUITOUS TECHNOLOGY?

Abstract

About 20 years ago, the ecology of media art practices proliferated in two domains: those that attached themselves to high technology labs or companies like Xerox PARC, and those that took advantage of personal computing to form collectives only loosely coupled to academic institutions or disciplines. In this essay, I closely examine the diverse epistemic cultures and diverse technical, political, and generational interests in such “cyber-anarchist” networks. I sketch the economy of knowledge in recent media arts and technology communities of practice in the wake of Open Source. I use as my lens the experience of creating a responsive media space called the TGarden, with a collective that gathered more than 26 artists and engineers from 11 institutions and 7 nations.

Keywords

Art and technology Science and technology studies Media art Autonomous production Responsive environments Open source Knowledge economy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Topological Media LabConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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