Art Meets Radical Openness 2014

A few days ago a famous Italian curator and art writer suggested an event in Linz through her Facebook page. She was talking about Art Meets Radical Openness 2014, or just AMRO. She (the curator) asked herself: Are art experiences such as the Manifesta European Biennale (opening this year in San Petersburg and curated by Kasper Koenig) still valid? Do we need something different? The curator concluded suggesting AMRO as an alternative way in contemporary art shows. What is AMRO? Art Meets Radical Openness is a meeting for contemporary art practices dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture.

Art Meets Radical Openness  2014

Art Meets Radical Openness 2014

AMRO is, at the same time, an informal meeting and a new way to consider contemporary art. Uncovering new truths and making them public as a disruption and criticism to the dominant system has consequences.
Threat scenarios of a digital surveillance state inevitably have palpable effects on our lives and actions. Access to information, infrastructure and technology – which is especially important for activists in repressive regimes up to the present – has become a widely discussed issue since Snowden’s disclosures at the latest, because now a broad mass of people in democratically governed states see their “privacy” endangered. Independence, confidence and freedom are massively put to the test.

Art Meets Radical Openness 2014

Art Meets Radical Openness 2014 -

Artists, hacktivists, cultural producers, journalists, software developers and idealists – in short, creative actors with a desire for change increasingly find themselves in uncertain territories. Which methods and alternative tools can be used to generate new views on everyday life, work, money, politics and the environment, and to instigate a new cultural practice, to impel civil society processes, without them being nipped in the bud?
How do creative actors contribute to the process of change and which new forms of cooperation do they enter into?

The event is rooted in the successful Free Software movement of the early 2000s, but during the days of festival the whole event became a community festival, a nice open lab, where to meet and talk and share information. A meeting point for artists, developers, hacktivists, and idealists involved with the culture of sharing and communal production.

Art Meets Radical Openness 2014. In cooperation with: Kunstuniversität LinzDepartment of Time-based Mediaafo architekturforum oberösterreich. Hosts: afo architekturforum oberösterreichStadtwerkstatt LinzTime’s Up Linz. Funded by: Kunstuniversität LinzStadt Linz (LinzImPULS)BMUKK with limitations.

Art Meets Radical Openness 2014

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by Vincenzo Estremo
in Focus on Europe

Wed Development by Digital Art Factory