1. DIWO (Do It With Others) - A Step Too Far? Collecting Art as a Group Activity by Jehan Chu

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    Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 1 DIWO (Do It With Others) - A Step Too Far? Collecting Art as a Group Activity by Jehan Chu September 18, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage Multi-cross-disciplinary-network-platform-based collaborations are the buzzwords of the day. But how can collaboration be applied to something like collecting art? And more importantly, should it? In this talk, Art advisor Jehan Chu will take a light-hearted (but critical) look at a Liechtenstein-based project named “C-Collection” that faces the challenges of collecting art as a group head-on. We’ll examine the mechanisms behind the collection and examine the favors and flaws that result from art collections assembled “By Popular Request”.

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    • DIWO (Do It With Others) - Building a Body of Collaborative Work by Kika Nicolela

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      Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 1 DIWO (Do It With Others) - Building a Body of Collaborative Work by Kika Nicolela September 18, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage For over 2 years coordinating the collaborative project entitled Exquisite Corpse Video Project, the Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela will present a brief history of the project – its birth, development and future. She will also reflect on the networked creative process and its specificities, as well as its influence (limiting or broadening) over the final artwork.

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      • DIWO (Do It With Others) - Panel Discussion

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        Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 1 DIWO (Do It With Others) On Open Source & Free Data, Collaborative Creativity Using art, technology and culture as a base to explore open source & freeing data. Speakers: Kika Nicolela (BR), Ignacio Garcia (ES), Keith Lam (HK) Moderated by Dr. Hector Rodriguez (HK) September 18, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage DIWO is the new DIY! In the media art, and even the contemporary art world in broad, artists are working more cross-disciplinarily with other individuals through technology than ever. In these collaborative projects, peers connect and communicate, creating controversies, structures and culture using both digital networks and shared physical environments. Collaborators SHARE. As said by Zach Lieberman, a creative technologist whose work bridges the real world with the digital: “Collaborative projects require a level of humility and understanding of the ultimate mission. Only then do they have the ability to be truly transformative.” DIY has evolved. DIWO (Do It With Others) is the new trend. While collaborative efforts empower people and spark creativity, this panel will look at the process of and spirit behind DIWO. Artists who have been taking a collaborative DIWO approach in their art production will share about their projects and examine how the global environment for art making has changed over the years. Besides, the discussion will also look into how this kind of art is received by the general public and the ‘artsy’ art world.

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        • DIWO (Do It With Others) - Platoniq, cultural co-operative system by Ignacio Garcia

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          Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 1 DIWO (Do It With Others) - Platoniq, cultural co-operative system by Ignacio Garcia September 18, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage Platoniq is a group of cultural producers and software developers based in Barcelona that set up a number of independent community media projects during the last decade. Platoniq’s work evolves around issues that have been central in the digital culture practices such as copyright, free culture and knowledge sharing. In this talk, they will showcase some of their more recent projects, including Burnstation, a mobile free music distribution system, and the Bank of Common Knowledge, a model for free knowledge sharing. More information available at www.platoniq.net and www.youcoop.org

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          • DIWO (Do It With Others) - Urban Invader by Keith Lam

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            Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 1 DIWO (Do It With Others) - Urban Invader by Keith Lam September 18, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage Urban Invader is a workshop designed and hosted by Hong Kong new media artist Keith Lam firstly for playaround10 in Taipei in August 2010, and for Videotage during Wikitopia. In this presentation, Keith Lam will share about the process and outcome of both workshops in Taipei and HK, and compare the DIWO environment in the two cities. He will also address how collaboration engages the community and pushes the boundary of creativity, and reveal his plan to develop the workshop into a full-scale research project.

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            • Feel Music Experimental Lab - Open Jam @ Wikitopia

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              Wikitopia::Feel Music Experimental Lab Open Jam Curator: Paul Yip (HK) September 18, 2010 Doublehappiness Studio, Wan Chai Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage The open jam session is a unique opportunity to observe, share and jam music with a group of passionate musicians from Hong Kong. Through music jamming, improvisation, meditation and discussions, the session will ignite new possibilities and breathe new life to the unvaried Hong Kong music scene. All people are invited to enjoy music with the joy of satisfaction, and to deepen our personal music experience while exploring the root of open minded music scene.

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              • Free for All - Issues and challenges of creating business models that foster creativity and innovation by Henry Oh

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                Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 3 Free for All - Issues and challenges of creating business models that foster creativity and innovation by Henry Oh September 19, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage Currently, technological innovation often happens without thought for the social impact of these new technologies on society. Too often, the end result are antiquated or ill-suited business models grafted on to these new technologies that often stifle creativity, innovation or violate the civil liberties of the users of these new technologies. What is needed are innovative business models that couple new technologies with ethical and socially responsible business practices that create a positive social impact while also generating profit needed to sustain a company. This talk will focus on the first-hand experiences and challenges Henry and his co-founders at Socialutions have faced in trying to create a platform, CreationMix, that utilizes and promotes Creative Commons and also gives content creators a platform to make money from their work (while also generating revenue for CreationMix).

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                • Free for All - IT, Internet and Freedom for Everything by Charles Mok

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                  Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 3 Free for All - IT, Internet and Freedom for Everything by Charles Mok September 19, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage The Internet and the Web 2.0 phenomenon have made great impacts on the business, social and political landscapes of institutions and countries around us. The Internet has made almost everything free — in both economic and ideological senses. But increasingly, it is facing threats and challenges from various governments and authorities. What does the future hold, especially from the users’ perspectives, and how can we take back the net?

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                  • Free For All - Panel Discussion

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                    Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 3 Free For All On Policies & New Creative Economy How does free culture relate to an expanding community in a shrinking world? Speakers: Henry Oh (US), Charles Mok (HK), Ger Choi (HK), moddr_ (NL) Moderator: Ellen Pau September 19, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage The free culture movement started with the mission to advocate free as in ‘free speech’. In less than ten years, the notion of free as in ‘free beer’ is also widely discussed as the future for everything. ‘Free’, in both ideological and economic senses, is transforming our society and the economy. On one hand, social media helps boost the work of activism. For example, local artist/designer/activist Ger Choi uses social media as a tool to promote society-changing thoughts, while Dutch artist group moddr_ rethinks the nature of social media and makes it a focal point of their subversive campaign. On the other hand, ‘free’ is creating business opportunities for startup companies to sell at no price. As technologically driven as it seems, ‘free’ involves people greatly that it maps out human behavior and hence psychology. Our question is: How does ‘free’ work in our society? What is nurturing free culture and how are we benefited from the pioneering new modes of social relations, meaning, and engagement?

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                    • From Curve to Round: Irony as an Internet Propaganda Language by Ger Choi

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                      Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 3 Free for All - From Curve to Round: Irony as an Internet Propaganda Language by Ger Choi September 19, 2010 HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College Like us on facebook: facebook.com/​videotage Recently, social movement advocates tend to use Internet media to spread their messages. Yet, with the information overload on the Internet, how does a message stand out and hit the nerves of the users to make a successful call-up? Looking back on the past experiences of online call-up, most of the feedbacks received are on irony. In this talk, Ger Choi will talk about, by sharing her experiences, how absolute irony is one of the most powerful propaganda languages, making mass movements possible.

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