Open Source City festival

A good way to start the summer: From 20th to 22nd June 2008 folly and SoundNetwork are bringing Open Source City; a micro-festival of art and music to Liverpool, as part of the European Capital of Culture.
Read more about the festival.

The promising festival programme includes interesting workshops and presentations. A fun one should be a workshop Video Sniffing by Stuart Bowditch and Terry Slepcevic of Mediashed.

Everywhere we go today CCTV cameras are watching what we do and how we do it. So why not turn it round and watch them, watching you! A day of hijacking and hacking the local wireless networks in your area. By picking up the public signals broadcast by CCTV cameras you can create your very own television studio within buildings, shopping centres and streets of every town. We’ll show you how to ‘sniff’ your local area and how to capture CCTV footage to camera.

Although the festival brings Free software art and events, make sure to bring your wallet because not all participation is free of costs; a day of video sniffing costs £40, an introduction to free operation platforms with the Random Ideas Exchange Bureau costs £25.

Also on the programme: a presentation of The Digital Artists Handbook which includes an article by Constant member Nicolas Malevé on Licensing: copyright, legal issues, authorship, media work licensing, Creative Commons and a short intro by me on Working with digital video

The goal of the Handbook is to be a signpost, a source of practical information and content that bridges the gap between new users and the platforms and resources that are available, but not always very accessible. The Handbook will be slowly filled with articles written by invited artists and specialists, talking about their tools and ways of working. Some articles are introductions to tools, others are descriptions of methodologies, concepts and technologies.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 by: in category: News