In more than five years of activity, the Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab) produced an impressive series of projects, all developed with open source software, shared online and documented in a way that allows everybody to copy, improve, abuse or simply use them. This approach situates F.A.T. Lab in a long tradition of DIY, processual, sharable artistic practices based on instructionals, and reveals a democratic idea of art where Fluxus scores meet hacker culture (and rap music).
Featuring texts by Régine Debatty, Evan Roth, Domenico Quaranta, Geraldine Juárez and Randy Sarafan, The F.A.T. Manual is a selection of more that 100 projects, done in the belief that printing these bits on paper will allow them to spread in a different way, infiltrate other contexts, and germinate. An archive, a catalogue, a user manual and a software handbook documenting five years of thug life, pop culture and research and development.
Published by Link Editions on the occasion of the exhibition "F.A.T. GOLD Europe" curated by Lindsay Howard at MU, Eindhoven (November 15, 2013 - January 26, 2014), the book is co-produced with F.A.T. Lab and MU.
Edited by Domencio Quaranta and Geraldine Juárez.
*Available on-line for free.
*On demand: editions.linkartcenter.eu
*Printed Limited edition: MU.nl
Prism Break Barbie is a solution for girls who want to protect their data beyond just encryption.
The Barbie is equipped with a 3-inch and .6 ounces concealed spring-loaded spike which can be activated by hand or by sitting the doll on a USB or SSD drive. The spikes force when triggered will shatter hardware.
Google gives you free services in exchange of your personal data. F.A.T gives you free beer.
Party hosted in ALT CPH 13 with Science Friction for the launch of new Piratbyrån's book: Anarchival "The-end-to-end principle".
Capital rely on algorithms to manipulate markets, their effects are everywhere yet is hard to see them immediately, given the scale of time and fabricated complexity in which accumulation and exchange is performed at high frequency scale. The patterns produced by their activity are testimony of the behavior of financial markets, and unlike them, these patterns aren't sacred or untouchable. They can be used to generate other forms of wealth, like music.
Patterns of market crashes caused by high frequency trading were printed on transparency paper, put on a computer screen and drawn into music software. The waveforms transferred were used to create some music patterns and beats compiled in 3 different tracks included in a 10” vinyl record titled Wealth Transfer.
1. 010 Flash Crash
2. 012 The Knightmare
3. 013 The Tweet Crash
"Wealth Transfer" debut June 27th, 2013 at the Dataslöjd Summer Show in Kulturlagret, Gothenburg.
F.A.T. GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology
Curated by Lindsay Howard
April 1–20, 2013
"The free software and arts communities are filled with people motivated not just by money but by the act of creation and a drive to make meaningful, or at least functional, contributions to society," writes F.A.T. Lab co-founder Evan Roth in his recent essay, Artist Hacker: From Free Software to Fine Art. Inspired by the philosophy put forth by Roth, Eyebeam hosted a panel on Thursday April 4 from 7:00pm–8:30pm called "Artists as Hackers". The discussion brought together Roth and F.A.T. Fellows Aram Bartholl, Tobias Leingruber, James Powderly, and Addie Wagenknecht, moderated by Christiane Paul, for a look at how hacker culture has influenced a new generation of artists.
Projects by the fellows & friends of the Free Art & Technology Lab
"Release early, often, and with rap music"