Repair our society

Open source activists and free media freaks, amateur choruses and filmmakers—they’re all doing their part on behalf of a more equitable society.

Der Standard präsentiert: REPAIR – Sind wir noch zu retten?

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Open Source Life Symposium


Life and work according to ideas from the development of open source software: Vision of a sustainable future, nightmare scenario of total transparency or something that’s long been common practice? At the Open Source Life symposium experiences with projects and initiatives, activism on behalf of freedom online and critical analysis of concepts around “openness” meet. Can Open-Source-Mindsets of the individual and Open-Source-Structures in societies and economies act as agents of positive change?

10:30 – 12:15 Open Source Life I: Prix Forum Digital Communities

  • Welcome
    Gerfried Stocker (AT), Andreas Hirsch (AT)
  • Digital Communities 2010
    Aram Bartholl (DE)
  • Chaos Computer Club
    Tim Pritlove (DE), Discordian Evangelist, CCC
  • Map Kibera
    Mikel Maron, co-founder of Map Kibera, and board member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.
  • the ubiquitous #unibrennt cloud
    Georg Schütz (AT) und andere
  • Discussion with participants

Moderation: Aram Bartholl (DE)

13:30 – 15:10 Open Source Life II: Open Source Life & Repair

  • Why should we live an Open Source Life?
    Andreas Hirsch (AT), curator at KUNST HAUS WIEN, consultant and cultural manager. „Cultural Memory and Diversity“ at WSIS II in Tunis 2005.
  • Trash | Track | Trash
    Carlo Ratti (IT/US), civil engineer and architect, teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, director of the SENSEable City Laboratory. Founder and former president of the Comitato Valdo Fusi for promoting architectural change in Turin, Italy. A documentation of the project Trash Track can be seen in Bau 2 EG.
  • How to biomanufacture Bricks
    Ginger Krieg Dosier (US), architect and designer, specialist for new performance materials for architecture and construction.
    Teaches architecture at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Partner at Vergelabs, creator of Biomanufactured Bricks.
  • Design as Conversation
    John Thackara (UK), director and founder of the festival series „Doors of Perception“, where communities imagine sustainable futures. Author of numerous books including „In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World“
  • Discussion with participants

Moderation: Andreas Hirsch (AT)

15:25 – 16:45 Open Source Life III: Repair Society

  • „Repair“ Democracy
    Amelia Andersdotter (SE), elected member of the European Parliament on behalf of Piratpartiet and former international coordinator of Piratpartiet‘s youth organisation Ung Pirat.
  • Creating Diaspora
    Maxwell Salzberg (US), programmer, started building a distributed social network dubbed „Diaspora.“
  • The Meaning of Open is Obfuscated
  • Geert Lovink (NL), Dutch-Australian media theorist and critic, founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures and founder of Internet projects such as nettime and fibreculture. His recent book titles are Dark Fiber (2002), Uncanny Networks (2002) and My First Recession (2003).
  • Discussion with participants

Moderation: Andreas Hirsch (AT

17:00 – 18:30 Open Source Life IV: Repair Society (and yourself)

  • Digital Formations of the Powerless
    Saskia Sassen (US), Columbia University. Recent books: Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages,  and “A Sociology of Globalization”. Writes for and
  • Floating in a Rich Network of Highly Charged People and Serendipitous Events
    Joichi Ito (JP), activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor. CEO of Creative Commons, early stage investor in Twitter, Technorati, Flickr, and other Internet companies, board member of Mozilla Foundation, previously also of Open Source Initiative (OSI) and ICANN. –
  • Reflections of an Open Source Life
    Derrick de Kerckhove (CA), professor at the University of Toronto and the Università Federico II in Naples, Italy, directs research on digital culture(s) at Open University of Barcelona.
  • Discussion & Wrapup

Moderation: Andreas Hirsch (AT)

About the curator:
Andreas Hirsch (AT)
Curator, consultant and cultural manager. Projects include development of the „Digital Communities“-category for Prix Ars Electronica (2003), „Cultural Memory and Diversity“ at WSIS II in Tunis (2005). Since 2009 curator of KUNST HAUS WIEN.

TELE-INTERNET – The 2010 Ars Electronica Internet Shop!

Digital Communities 2010, curated by Aram Bartholl

The Digital Communities area TELE-INTERNET is an organically growing structure, a hacker space, a conference, a stage, an exhibition, a BarCamp, Commune 0/1, and a site for anyone who’s interested in discussing the development of the internet, exchanging ideas, and presenting their own projects. The Ars Electronica audience is invited to take the plunge and join the fun, to contribute to the discussion of the social web, or to chill out on the couch with a clubmate and a notebook.
The program includes talks, presentations, discussions, panels, work in progress, meetings, workshops, screenings and much more. Get additional information about the dynamically changing program in the web or follow them on twitter!

Detailed Program: (hashtag #aecdc)

The participants:

CCC Tim Pritlove (UK) a.o.
Map Kibera Mikel Maron (US)
#unibrennt cloud institute for science and technology ars (ISTA) of unibrennt (AT) with
CBA – Cultural Broadcasting Archive Ingo Leindecker (AT) & Thomas Diesenreiter (AT)
MakerBot Industries Bre Pettis (US)
The Tor Project Andreas Lehner (DE)
Web2.0 suicide machine moddr_ [Walter Langelaar (NL), Gordan Savicic (AT), Danja Vasiliev (RU)]
A Golden Era – the making and unmaking of Piratbyrån Golden bus + archive (SE) 2003-2010
Arse Electronica Talk by monochrom / Johannes Grenzfurthner (AT)
Artzilla Skate the web! workshops and contests Tobias Leingruber (DE) 2010
DIASPORA Maxwell Salzberg (US)
Digital Folklore Olia Lialina (RU) & Dragan Espenschied (DE) 2009
F.A.T. Lab: Free Art & Technology Lab: Cloud services Jamie Wilkinson (US)
Firewall Ball Johannes P Osterhoff (DE) 2010
Flattr social micropayment platform,
Peter Sunde (SE)
Metalab Squad of Awesome, official delegation from the Viennese hackerspace (AT)
My last Ars live gif mashup – VJ set, Evan Roth (US) 2010
OpenActa / AFI Geraldine Juarez (MX),
Star Wars Uncut Casey Pugh (US)
Superbertram Georg Schütz (AT) 2007-2010
Telecomix A sociocyphernetic jellyfish cluster (SE)
Thumbing & FolkSomy.vj JODI (NL/BE) 2010,
Trail Blazers Theo Seemann & Beautiful Zeros and Ugly Ones, Merz Akademie(DE) 2010

Plus BOSCO-Uganda, ceibalJAM!, CulturaDigital.Br, FixMyStreet, Kloop, Puncar Action!, Sourcemap, TEDtoChina and many many more!

Curator: Aram Bartholl. Assistance: Inga Seidler, Jügen Höbarth

Radio FRO Conference: Renaming Media

Challenges of European Media Policy in the Fields of Migration and Diversity
04.09.                   10:00-18:00

Radio FRO will scrutinize how current media policy discourses on the subject of migration take place on a European level and which role media play in this connection. “RENAMING Media” offers a setting for reflection in which to shed light on constructions and processes in the field of media production on national and European levels, and focuses on media initiatives that are confronting this constellation of facts and circumstances.

Panel 1: Renaming European Media:  Challenges of European Media Policy in the Fields of Migration and Diversity

10:00 Introduction (Alexander Vojvoda/Andi Wahl)
10:15 Objectives (Dr. Daniela Kraus)
10:30 Statements of the Participants (à 5′ – 7′)
11:00 Discussion
12:00 Final Statements and Questions of the Audience


  • Reynald Blion (FR), Media & Diversity Manager at the Council of Europe
  • Rui Monteiro (DK), CMFE – Community Media Forum Europe
  • Tom Moring (FIN), Helsinki University
  • Hella Ranner (AT), Member of European Parliament
  • Vina Yun (AT), IG Kultur/Migrazine

Moderation: Dr. Daniela Kraus (AT), Medienhaus Wien

Language: Englisch

13.00     Lunchbreak

Panel 2: Lectures and Presentations: Public Value and Migrant Media Production

15.00     Keynote: Public Value and Migrant Media Production in Community Media
Helmut Peissl (AT), Obmann VFRÖ – Verband Freier Radios Österreich
15:45     Olivera Stajić (AT),
16:00     Cristiane Tasinato (BRA) & Vina Yun (AT), Migrazine
16:15     Dejan Sudar (AT), KOSMO, tbc
16:30     Coffeebreak
16:45     Klaus Unterberger (AT), ORF
17:00     Erich Kocina (AT), diePresse/Integration, tbc
17:15     Michael Gams (AT) & Alexander Vojvoda (AT), Radio FRO 105.0 MHz
17:30     Final Statements, Discussion and Questions of the Audience
18:00     End

Moderation: Dr. Daniela Kraus (AT, Medienhaus Wien)

Language: English, German

Power of mind 4 – Dissociative Defense

Mogens Jacobsen (DK)
2. 9. – 7. 9.

Mogens Jacobsens installation is a biological, galvanic battery consisting of several hundred potatoes. When the exhibition starts, the electrical power of the potatoes drives a text censoring software system. As target, Jacobsen chose the last chapter of a highly critical report relating to immigration issues, that was discredited by the Danish government immediately after its publication. As the potatoes begin to dry out, the suppressed words and censored sentences will gradually reappear in the text. This process is not visible in the gallery space, but can only be seen by accessing the system on the internet:

Nine Eyes of Google Street View

Jon Rafman (CA)
2. 9. – 7. 9.

Jon Rafman’s exhibit Nine Eyes of Google Street View celebrates Google’s technologies and critiques the consciousness it reflects at the same time. In the film, one man searches for his lost love through Google Street View and Google Earth. In a series of photographs based on pictures of Google Street View, Rafman reintroduces the human gaze and reasserts the uniqueness and importance of the individual.

Worldpremiere: PROBLEMA – sometimes the worst enemy is our own perception

2. 9. – 7. 9. REPAIR Lounge
2. 9. 14:30 Bau 2 EG
4. 9. 20:30 OK Parkdeck
(In case of adverse weather, movie will be shown at 23:00 o’clock at the cinema Moviemento)
6. 9. 16:00 Bau 2 EG

112 persons from 56 countries convened at the Table of Free Voices in Berlin in 2006 to provide answers to global questions about such things as the economy, ethics, war and nation-states. Now, director Ralf Schmerberg has made a film out of the resulting 11,200 statements interwoven with footage of some of the defining images of our time. The result is major intellectual marathon.

Regie: Ralf Schmerberg (DE) (Mindpirates e.v.)

Repair Choir

2.9. 19:00-20:00 Main Square
2. 9. Frozen Music, Tabakfabrik Linz

Inspired by more than 70 Complaints Choirs all over the world, the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company) and Ars Electronica invited locals to get whatever has been bothering them of their chest. Regardless of whether it has to do with the environment, politics or social injustice, the complaints and repair suggestions will be put together to create the “Upper Austrian Repair Song”. An amateur choral group under direction of Wolfgang Mayer (AT) will then perform it on Linz’s Main Square.

A ccoperation of Ars Electronica and the ORF OÖ. The Repair Choir is a part of the international project „Complaint Choirs“ by Tellervo Kalleinen (FI) and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (DE).

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