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Lawrence Lessig has posted a review of David Halperin's recent book, Digital Barbarism.

Halperin, who authored the (in)famous New York Times article calling for perpetual copyright, has now compiled his ideas into a book. Lessig offers a much-needed critique, including citing misconceptions about Creative Commons (Halperin conflates it not only with "freeware" with software... more

Announcing the iSummit Artists in Residence
Daniela Faris · Johannesburg (South Africa) · Mar 16th, 2007 3:57 pm · 20 votes · no comments made
iSummit 06, Nathaniel Stern, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (
iSummit 06, by Nathaniel Stern
After our first call for suggestions from the community for participants in the iSummit Artists in Residence programme, we were overwhelmed with the positive response. The Artists in Residence page on the wiki quickly filled with 66 nominees, of which we could only choose 5 participants. The decision was a tough one, and inspired much lively debate amongst the members of the community who volunteered to be part of the process. But after some back-and-forth discussion (and some 'virtual' blood, sweat and tears) we are proud to announce the names of the artists who will be participating in the Artists in Residence programme in June, Dubrovnik.

We welcome Ana Husman, a Croatian film and video artist, whose work is focused on issues of sharing, heritage, and the position of women in society. You'll recognize her name from the iCommons Summit 06 DVD, which featured her film The Market, and won her much acclaim. Ana works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the department of Animated Film and New Media. For the last two years she has been facilitating an activist video workshop called "Don't Hate the Media, Be the Media!', where she teaches camera and editing skills.

Jaka Zeleznikar hails from Slovenia, he's an author who explores the interplay between poetry and visual art. Jaka is also a curator, and writes on contemporary art, he produces a blog called Digilitera, about algorithm-based literature and technology. He's been involved in Slovene festivals associated with Creative Commons, as well as other Free Culture initiatives in his country. Much of Jaka's work deals with copyright as 'practise', such as his online visual poetry project called 'Letters'. You can download this Firefox extension, which allows you to add 3D animated English and Slovene letters of the alphabet to a webpage as you type.

Tim Whidden will be an iCommons artist in residence, he'll be representing the duo MTAA. MTAA produce web sites, installations, sculptures and photographic prints around themes such as networked cultures and the economics of art. They've been exhibited by the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Postmasters Gallery, amongst others. They've exhibited internationally at the Seoul Net and Film Festival in Korea, the Split Film Festival in Croatia and at Videozone2, the second International Video Art Biennial in Israel. MTAA has also had work commissioned by the Alternative Museum, Creative Time, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Joy Garnett uses newsworthy and documentary photographs from the internet and re-invents them as oil paintings. She's been involved in a 'copyright fight' called the 'Joywars' ' one of her painting; Molotov was based on a photo by Susan Meiselas taken in 1979. When Meiselas found about the picture, she threatened legal action, stating that Joy had 'pirated' her photograph. Joy eventually removed the image from her site, but fellow artists on managed to copy the image before she took it down. Molotov spread across the globe, as countless copies and derivatives were passed around on the net. In April 2006, Meiselas and Joy spoke about their experiences at the Comedies of Fair Use Symposium, Harper's recently published an edited version of the panel discussion on 7 February this year.

Joy studied painting at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and received her MFA from The City College of New York. She currently has a solo exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington D.C. until 30 July. The exhibition is titled 'Strange Weather', and is an ongoing series of paintings dealing with storms and natural disasters. The exhibition includes a look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; her paintings are based on media images of New Orleans' devastation.

Kathryn Smith is a South African artist, critic and curator. In her Arthrob bio, by Sean O'Toole, she says, 'In my work generally, I take quite a forensic look at photography, video/film and representation, cutting it up, re-editing it and creating new stories that emerge from the existing footage, almost as if they were always there as subtexts, but now take on a more sinister/ambiguous edge.'

Kathryn was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for visual arts in 2004, and has exhibited at various galleries in Johannesburg, such as the Bell-Roberts and Millenium galleries, and at the Klein Karoo Arts Festival. She has also exhibited internationally in Berlin, New York and Austria. She completed her Honours and Masters degrees with distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Kathryn's doctoral research traces the link between art and crime, particularly serial murder.

Nathaniel Stern, iCommons' Artist in Residence at the Summit last year, will be leading the artists in their conceptual journeys. Nathaniel is an internationally exhibited installation and video artist, net.artist, printmaker and performance poet. He has won awards for his interactive installations, in New York, Australia and South Africa; and his video and have been featured in festivals all over Europe, Asia and the US. In 2005 Nathaniel was named one of the top young artist worth investing in by South Africa's Financial Times.

And last but certainly not least, is the arts writer and blogger, Paddy Johnson, who will be reporting on the residency and reviewing the art created as part of the programme. Paddy Johnson is a writer and artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Her writing has been featured in the New York Observer, FlashArt, Art & Australia, Flavorpill, NYFA Current, Fanzine and more, and she has been linked to by publications such as The New York Times, Boing-Boing, Gawker, artkrush, the Design Observer, Make Magazine, and we-make-money-not-art. She has lectured at Yale University and the Whitney Independent Study Program. Paddy also writes a regular column on art film and video for The Reeler.

Paddy will be writing in-depth profiles for on each of the artist in the run-up to the Summit, so stay tuned!

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