Bager AKBAY / Fatih AYDOGDU / Osman KOÇ /
Nagehan KURALI & Selin ÖZÇELIK / Ali MIHARBI /

8.–21. October
Galerie der HBKsaar / Saarbrücken
Kepler str. 5 /D-66117 Saarbrücken
Opening: 7. October 2012 / 19:00
4. October 2012
10:0012:00 h & 13:0017:00 h 
Osman Koç,“Processing for Arduino”,
Digitale Produktionszentrum der HBKsaar
5. October 2012
10:00-12:00 h & 13:00-17:00 h
Ekmel Ertan,“Paper Arduino”
Digitale Produktionszentrum der HBKsaar

“Commons Tense” exhibits the works of new media artists from Turkey. Being a
sub-theme of amberPlatform’s 2012 theme entitled “Paratactic Commons”. Commons
Tense points out that it is now time to talk within a new category that embeds the
Commons in.
The decade that followed 9/11 witnessed a radical regression of communal energies,
forcing us to live strictly in individual spheres; the fear and control society in the
guise of a war on terror, the tendency of nation-states to impose their ideological
agendas onto everyone and everything under their control and the conflicts and
collaborations of a global consumerist economy that urges the rapid privatization of
public goods have all taken a toll on the common values of human societies around
the Globe. The commons that we need to regain entail a broad spectrum. They range
from ecological unbalances, which result from the privatization of natural resources,
to the ‘de facto’ privatization of judicial systems, which has led to the degradation
of a justice that is common to all.
Meanwhile, the ever-popularizing digital media, beginning with the Internet itself
as a common resource, has been a major source of inspiration in revitalizing the
idea of the commons. More specifically, the capacities oered by new media have
helped to re-understand that information is a “common” as well as the right to
access information.
Can digital commons be an alternative platform to launch a political thought whose
main aim is sharing, transparency, and freedom to access information? What can
we learn from free software’s, copyleft movements, peer-2-peer systems, the logic of
open source, and creative commons? Could the digital-commons help for the creation
of another form of economy and ecology? Could humans share their common
resources rather than exploit them? What kind of paratactic artistic strategies could
digital commons consist of?
Realized in collaboration with TodaysArt Festival in Den Haag and Academy of Fine
Arts Saar in Saarbrücken the artworkspresented at the exhibition will oer various
interpretations of the theme. Theco-events, which consist of two workshops and
artist’s presentations will be held in the week before the exhibition. One of the
workshops focuses on building Arduino Boards, an  open-source, easy-to use
hardware and software electronics platform for artist and designers.In the second
workshop participants will experiment with Arduino Boards using python and
processing programming languages.

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