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The School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Digital Diving: A “Cut and Paste” Update. Moderated by Suzanne Anker, chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA, the symposium will explore the uses and abuses of digital technologies as they effect knowledge acquisition and its manipulation. “New media” models of the visual and alterations in community configurations will be the focus of the discussion . The panelists are Lauren Cornell, Joseph Nechvatal, Judith Solodkin, Bruce Wands and McKenzie Wark. The event takes place Tuesday, February 27, 7pm at School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.
Admission is free.

Panelists include:
Lauren Cornell is a writer and curator who worked with the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2004. She has written about experimental film, contemporary art and new media for Time Out New York and, among other publications.

Joseph Nechvatal is a digital artist who produces computer robotic-assisted paintings and electronic installations that focus on political issues. His work has been exhibited in one-person shows in Paris, Munich, New York and Marseille, and is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others. He has published numerous essays on digital art as well as the impact of media culture on modern life.

Judith Solodkin is president of Solo Impression, Inc., a fine art publisher that has printed editions for the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery, London, among others. She is currently working on print editions that employ digital embriodery.

Bruce Wands is chair of the MFA Computer Art Department at SVA. The department’s web site,, was named among the “100 Best Sites of 2002” for original web art by Yahoo Internet Life. Wands is the author of Digital Creativity: Techniques for Digital Media and the Internet (Wiley, 2001), and Art of the Digital Age (Thames & Hudson, 2006), an illustrated guide to digital art’s major genres.

McKenzie Wark is associate professor of media studies at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research. He has written several books about new media and cyberspace, including A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard University Press, 2004), about issues involving intellectual property, and Dispositions (Salt Publishing, 2002), a diary-like “novel” set primarily in New York City.

Moderator Suzanne Anker is an artist and theorist. Anker lectures frequently in the U.S. and abroad on the intersections of art and science. She is the co-author, with the late Dorothy Nelkin, of The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004) and host of The Bio-Blurb Show on WPS1 Art Radio.

For more information, contact Michael Grant, Assistant Director of Communication at 212.592.2011 or

Round table and presentation of Joost Smiers’s book: Un mundo sin copyright. Artes y medios en la globalizacion

(English below)
Mesa redonda y presentación del libro de Joost Smiers Un mundo sin copyright. Artes y medios en la globalización
Martes 6 de febrero a las 19 h

Sala Juan Gris

Joost Smiers, autor del libro, profesor de Ciencias Políticas del Arte en el Grupo de investigación de Arte y Economía de la Escuela de Arte de Utrecht, Holanda.
Javier Candeira, escritor y activista en temas de cultura y política digital. Antonio Lafuente, investigador del CSIC en el área de estudios de la ciencia, y especialista en derecho de la propiedad en relación a cuestiones científicas

Un mundo sin copyright, publicado en español por Gedisa, constituye una crítica radical de los mecanismos mediante los cuales la industria cultural controla los medios de producción, distribución y promoción de la creación artística. Frente al copyright, Joost Smiers plantea la necesidad de modificar la vieja concepción de derechos de autor y de pensar un nuevo modelo que realmente proteja y favorezca la creación independiente y diversa.

Más información en Abandonar el copyright: una bendición para los artistas, el arte y la sociedad []

Round table and presentation of Joost Smiers’s book: Un mundo sin copyright. Artes y medios en la globalización

Tuesday 6th February at 7 p.m.

Sala Juan Gris

With the participation of:

Joost Smiers, author of the book, Professor of Political Science of the Arts in the Art and Economics Research Group of the Utrecht School of Arts, in the Netherlands.

Javier Candeira, writer and digital culture and politics activist.

Antonio Lafuente, CSIC research fellow in the area of science studies, and an expert in intellectual property rights in the scientific field.

A World Without Copyright constitutes a radical critique of the mechanisms by which the culture industry controls the means of production, distribution and pormotion of artistic creation. Against copyright, Joost Smiers poses the need to modify the traditional understanding of author’s rights and to think of a new model which can really protect and favour independent and diverse creation.

More information at Abandoning copyright: a blessing for artists, art and society []

Climate Commons: a networked conversation about climate change, sustainability, and the Arctic

developed by Jane D. Marsching with Matthew Shanley

November 27 2006 – February 28, 2007

Please join the conversation by reading the posts and comments and then logging in to respond with your own comments.

Climate Commons is a conversation between thirteen people who focus on climate change, sustainability, and the Arctic in a wide range of disciplines including a glaciologist, an architect, a journalist, and a comedian. Each author contributes weekly posts about their work, inspirations, discoveries, or questions. Readers can join the conversation by clicking on the comments hex icon and choosing a hex cell to respond to any particular post. As an interdisciplinary collaborative hybrid art/research project, Climate Commons seeks to point to the multiplicity of voices behind the complex environmental concerns and to create connections/analogies/discussion across disciplines, economies, and ideologies.

Core participants:
Sally Bingham, Episcopal Priest
Jock Gill, Carbon Neutral by 2020
Mitchell Joachim, Architect
Jane D. Marsching, Artist
Larry Merculieff, Alaska Native Science Commission
Robert Newman, Comedian
Matt Nolan, Glaciologist
James Overland, Climatologist
Sarah Rich, WorldChanging
Russell Potter, Historian
Andrew Revkin, Environmental Journalist, New York Times
Matthew Shanley, Artist/Programmer
Juanita Urban-Rich, Windows Around the World

Climate Commons is part of a larger project, Arctic LIstening Post, a series of interdisciplinary, collaborative hybrid art research works in digital technologies by Jane D. Marsching. On exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 12/10/06-3/11/07

A project of Creative Capital
with the generous support of the LEF Foundation Contemporary Work Fund

Jane D. Marsching

Festival of Creativity and Free Culture 2006

Ljudmila – Ljubljana Digital Media Lab invites you to participate at the second Festival of Creativity and Free Culture, annual showcase of the Slovenian Creative Commons community.

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at the Cyberpipe in Ljubljana and will combine an extraordinary mix of talks, presentations and critical debates with screenings, readings and audio performances.

Festival will present a selection of this year’s production published under the CC licence and other open content. This invitation is open to all the authors, producers, curators, publishers, consumers and other people supporting the idea of free culture. You may also send in applications for works that provoked your interest and you know very well, but were not created by you.

The only condition for all participating works is that they are freely available on the web in digital form under an open licence – CC or similar.

A reader with essays, interviews, critical notes and featured works will be compiled for the occasion, hoping to generate further studies and discussions on the topic of copyright in the digital realm and its impact on the concept of free culture. The Reader will be published online (pdf, CC).

Suggestions and applications can be sent to Please include some basic data on the work: its title, URL, author(s), medium, and the most important bit: your explanation of why you think “this work is interesting”. And, please hurry, because the deadline for your application is on Sunday, November 26, 2006.

Festival is organized by Ljudmila – Ljubljana Digital Media Lab and CyberPipe. Program will be prepared by the following group of participants in the Slovenian CC community: Luka Frelih, Dejan Habicht, Å pela Kučan, Dunja Kukovec, Alenka Pirman, Luka Prinčič, Domen Savič, Igor Å panjol and Jaka Železnikar.

Creative Commons Slovenia is a joint project of Ljudmila and the Institute for Intelectual Property.

Contact: Ljudmila, Rimska cesta 8, Ljubljana, t. +3861-4269530, f.

FCC Public Hearing in LA – Oct 3

Next Tuesday, October 3, the FCC will hold a public hearing in Los Angeles as part of its ongoing proceeding to potentially relax or eliminate limits on media ownership. Members of the public are invited to attend and make two minute statements via “open microphone” to the Commissioners.

I encourage those in the Los Angeles area to take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak directly to all five FCC commissioners on media issues that concern you, such as ownership concentration, lack of independently-produced programming, “indecency” regulation, and others.

The hearing will be divided into two sessions. The first session will consider issues related to the creative community and independent programming, and take place at the University of Southern California from 1:00pm-4:30pm. After a two hour break, the hearing will reconvene at 6:30 p.m. at El Segundo High School, where a second session will discuss the Los Angeles local media market. Seating is on a first- come, first-served basis. More details are below.

If you have any questions about the hearing, or would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks again for your support of Creative Voices. I hope to see you at one or both of these public sessions on October 3.

Panel 1
Creative Community and Independent Programming
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
1:00p.m. ? 4:30 p.m.
University of Southern California (USC)
Davidson Conference Center
Embassy Room
3415 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Panel 2
Los Angeles Local Media Market
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
6:30 p.m. ? 10:00 p.m.
El Segundo High School
640 Main Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Best regards, Jon

Jonathan Rintels
Center for Creative Voices in Media (blog)

Center for Creative Voices in Media
1220 L Street, N.W., Suite 100-494
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 747-1712 (voice)
(202) 318-9183 (fax)

P2P Art – The aesthetics of ephemerality

Art made for – and only available on – the peer to peer networks. The original artwork is first shared by the artist until one other user has downloaded it. After that the artwork will be available for as long as other users share it.

The original file and all the material used to create it are deleted by the artist.

“There’s no original”



Release: 2006/09/15
Runtime: 73 min
Genre: experimental film
Size: 699MB
Video and sound: Anders Weberg
Filename: Filter[2006]

The film and all the files used creating it was deleted by the artist 2006/09/15

feel free to download the film and distribute it anyway you like as long as it stays on the peer to peer networks.

Inkscape 0.44.1 Unleashed :: Download Now ::

The Inkscape community announced the release of Inkscape 0.44.1 today. This bugfix version fixes several weeks of work by the community in order to fix some crashes on windows, Mac OS X, and other packaging issues which have come up from our last successfule release, 0.44 which introduced substantial features like graphical layers, clipping and masking support, and native PDF export with transparency.

Here is a full list of bug fixes in this version:

* fix a crash on Windows (“python.exe can’t find msvcrt71.dll”) by providing that dll in the package;
* fix hang in page size widget * on Mac OS X, removed problems with home folder path names containing spaces;
* inkscape now finds libpng include headers on some systems where it previously failed to do so
* several changes to allow compiling on glib-2.4 systems (e.g. RHEL4);
* allow compiling on systems with incomplete boost library headers; recognize if boost is too old
* inkscape now compiles with gcc-4.2.x. * fixed a bug where stderr output from scripts was not shown * fixed a bug affecting the recent files menu * resolution information is now saved in exported PNG files * fix some ODG export bugs * fix dia import * fix several include issues affecting building on Solaris (there are still some more problems, at least under Solaris 8, and similar ones on OpenBSD)
* added missing German version of the advanced tutorial and made corrections to the calligraphy one; added missing Czech, German, and Brazil-Portuguese tutorials to tarball; added missing German keytable to tarball
* applied changes to the German and Spanish translations of Inkscape strings
* interactivity improvements at high zooms * fix for specifying CSS colors with percentages * re-enabled old PDF exporter alongside the new one * minor fixes to new PDF exporter (a major overhaul is still in the works)
* fixup for invalid “s odipodi” namespace which has become widespread in Inkscape documents
* Mac OS X packaging updates * miscellaneous build fixes

Please visit and see what you would like to help the project in solving.

Download Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X packages:

Community submitted screenshots:

About Inkscape

Inkscape is an open source drawing tool that uses the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supports Creative Commons’ metadata, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, text-in-shape, and SVG XML editing. It can also import EPS, PostScript, and most bitmap formats, and exports PNG, PS, PDF and various vector formats.

Inkscape’s main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and maintaining a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.

Creative Commons Sponsored Software ccHost Releases Version 3.0

San Francisco, USA – September 8, 2006

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides flexible
copyright licenses for authors and artists along with the Creative
Commons Developer Community released the ccHost 3.0 today. ccHost is an
Open Source web-based media sharing software. This major feature release
comes on the heals of winning the Linux Journal Linux World Expo Award
for “Best Open Source Solution” and combines approximately five months of
development, usage, and testing into packages that anyone may download,
install, and use to empower on-line media sharing communities. This
release builds upon ccHost’s novel support of collaboration, sharing,
and storage of multi-media using the different Creative Commons licenses
and metadata.

These features most notably show up and are tested in Creative Commons’
project, ccMixter (, a popular on-line social network
service that supports legal music sharing and remixing. ccHost is the
Open Source Software engine powering and which anyone may
download, install, and use to freely build media sharing communities.

Ryan Lerch, a developer from the project Open Clip Art Library
( says, “the new release of ccHost now includes
features that we have wanted for some time. It now integrates powerful
features that will enhance both the usability and efficiency of the Open
Clip Art Library and will help us immensely in our goal of creating
a comprehensive library of public domain clip art.” The Open Clip Art
Library is but one of several projects moving their projects to use the
solid infrastructure ccHost provides.

Major features in this release include native forums, infrastructure to
support multiple languages, and an e-mail notification system. ccHost
has replaced its dependency on phpbb2 with native fully-functioning
hierarchical forums. They are totally integrated with user profiles and
administrators may specifically control them.

ccHost now supports multiple languages. There is new integration of
the standard Open Source GNU gettext-based multi-language support
tools. This allows for initial support for Italian, German, Mainland
Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to
English. The project encourages others to get involved in order to
translate ccHost into more local languages.

A user-requested feature now implemented is e-mail notifications. It
allows registered users to get e-mail whey they have been reviewed,
rated, remixed, or when someone else has uploaded a file and they want
to be alerted.

Other important features include recent reviews for the sidebars, the
‘How I Did It’ browser sorting, and tons of statistics. Stats include
number of reviews for uploads, an overview of forum messages, and times
remixed, all to help a community know about itself. ccHost also supports
XSPF 1.0 playlists as feeds, basic support for the new getid3 SVG module,
and dumping of content from ccHost to a large feed file format (useful
for search engines and external parsing).

ccHost makes the lives of administrators much easier by adding an
FTP-less file manager, a Bayesian rating scheme, sub-navigation tabs,
spam flood protection, and setting of file-permissions. External to
the core ccHost application are also several command line scripts
which admins can use to powerfully help them in their maintenance
of an installation. Of particular note is the inclusion of code from
Brazil-based Bruno Dilly’s Google Summer of Code project into a tool
called “publishcchost” which allows one to publish a file to any ccHost
installation from the command line.

This release also focuses on addressing compatibility with modern ways
software is installed on the web. ccHost 3.0 fully supports PHP 5 and
has been tested thoroughly in shared hosting setups on Dreamhost and Also, one outstanding bug has been squashed in that
ccHost does not require getid3 for installation.

The ccHost development community encourages new developers to
contribute to the project. The future of ccHost is bright with upcoming
development focusing on user and admin requests for features like further
generalization of media support, better tools to support social networking
features, and further language support.

Chat with other developers on channel #cc on, join the project mailing list
(, and
edit the project wiki page to help shape this project’s future direction

Project Website

ccHost Download

Feature Requests

Bug Reports

Roadmap (Project Timeline)

About ccHost

The goal of this project is to spread media content that is licensed
under Creative Commons throughout the web in much the same way that
weblogs spread CC licensed text. ccHost is web-based infrastructure that
may be used to host and allow for commenting, remixing, and distribution
globally. The more installations of ccHost and its variations, the more
content there will be available for enjoyment and artistic re-use in a
sane and legal setting. ccHost is what is used for the infamous Creative
Commons ccMixter project, which supports legal media sharing and remixing.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the creative
re-use of intellectual and artistic works – whether owned or in the
public domain. Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of
protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept
of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved”
approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of various
foundations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
the Omidyar Network Fund, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller
Foundation, as well as members of the public.

For general information, visit


Jon Phillips Developer, ccHost

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