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January 09, 2007

Upgrade! Boston


ShiftSpace and OPENSTUDIO

UPGRADE! BOSTON: ShiftSpace and OPENSTUDIO :: A panel discussion with Mushon Zer-Aviv + Dan Phiffer (ShiftSpace) and Kyle Buza + Brent Fitzgerald + Amber Frid-Jimenez + Takashi Okamoto (OPENSTUDIO); moderated by kanarinka. Join us in Second Life.

WHEN: January 11, 7 pm (EST) :: WHERE: Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, at the corner of Prospect Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Free parking in the lot on the corner or take the T to Central Square and walk 1 block.

ShiftSpace provides a transparent social layer above any website. It is an open source (and free software) platform that enables users to comment, add to, and modify websites. ShiftSpace allows users to experience the web as a continuous public space rather than a collection of isolated and privately-controlled islands. Through ShiftSpace artists, developers, poets, activists and others can freely meet, play, create art, debate protest and enjoy the full potential of their online freedom.

OPENSTUDIO is web + art + community + economics. It is an open ended experiment that couples a very simple drawing tool with an economy of artists, curators, collectors, dealers and viewers. Members can create and modify drawings, set prices and licenses, exchange and exhibit work, view financial records, and commission one another. Grounded in economic reality, OPENSTUDIO is a declaration of several ideals: transparency, community, and cooperation. It asserts that through collaborative effort, creativity and intelligence can bring about positive change.

Upgrade! Boston is curated by Jo-Anne Green for Turbulence.org in partnership with Art Interactive. It is one of 22 nodes currently active in Upgrade! International, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. If you would like to present your work or get involved, please email jo[at]turbulence.org.

Posted by jo at January 9, 2007 01:30 PM