Open Source: On the Line

Panel Discussion Mon 4 Dec 2006 6.30PM-8.30PM The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Admission: $8, free for all students, as well as members of and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with valid ID
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Convening participants across a wide range of professions and experience, this panel will explore the aesthetic and political possibilities afforded by open source systems. A practice that promotes access to a product's source material (often coded), open source is both a practical approach and a philosophy. Online, it has created a framework for collaborative projects between artists, programmers, and all kinds of emerging entrepreneurs. It has also become a flashpoint issue in debates around copyright and intellectual property.

The panelists will examine sites like Wikipedia,, as well as p2p networks and social networking sites and the practices and challenges inherent to each. They will also explore artworks, arts institutions and businesses that have sought to adopt open source models, and touch on current challenges to continuation of this ethos such as "net neutrality" legislation.

Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, The Whitney Museum of American Art

Cory Arcangel, artist
Joy Garnett, artist
Patrick May, Director of Technology,
Daniel Mayer, Co-founder, Wikipedia
Laura Quilter, Founder, Fair Use Network

Organized by Rhizome, in association with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. This event is presented as part of the Vera List Center's program cycle on "The Public Domain" and on occasion of Rhizomes 10th anniversary.