Design Debates: F.A.T. Lab and Do-It-Yourself Publishing.

Design Debates: F.A.T. Lab and Do-It-Yourself Publishing.

F.A.T. Lab and Do-It-Yourself Publishing
Wednesday 13 November
16.30–17.30, Designhuis

Inspired by the software development philosophy of "Release Early, Release Often", the Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab have produced thousands of projects in the past five years on their blog. In November, the group will gather at MU for F.A.T GOLD Europe, an exhibition and series of live events celebrating past and newly commissioned work. On the occasion of the exhibition, MU will co-publish "F.A.T. Manual" – published by Link Editions, edited by Domenico Quaranta and Geraldine Juarez – an instructional book featuring works from F.A.T. Lab's history, all of which encourage DIY entrepreneurship, open source philosophies, and activism.

Join us for a conversation about creating art for the Internet, modes of DIY publishing, and how 25 artists, engineers, scientists, lawyers, and musicians came together with a mission to support open values and the public domain.

Domenico Quaranta is an art critic and curator. He is a regular contributor to Flash Art and Artpulse. He is the editor (with M. Bittanti) of the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames (2006) and the author of Media, New Media, Postmedia (2010) and In Your Computer (2011). He has curated various exhibitions, including Holy Fire: Art of the Digital Age (Bruxelles 2008, with Y. Bernard), Playlist (Gijon 2009 and Bruxelles 2010) and Collect the WWWorld (Brescia 2011 and Basel 2012). He is a co-founder of the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age, and editor and co-publisher of F.A.T. MANUAL.

Greg Leuch is an artist and user interaction designer, specializing in user interface design, usability, front-end development, and feature research. He is a co-founder of XOlator, a resident at Eyebeam, and a member of the Free Art and Technology (F.A.T. Lab).  Previously, he worked as a Senior Designer at BuzzFeed and Director of Research & Development at Rocketboom, working on such projects like Know Your Meme and Magma.

Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris whose work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, the work is defined less by medium and genre than by its appropriation of popular culture.  Roth's work is informed by the misuse of seemingly rigid structures and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to non-digital systems.

Addie Wagenknecht is an artist who works in the fields of emerging media, open source, pop culture and hacktivism. She is a member of the Free Art & Technology Lab, chairs the Open Hardware Summit at MIT, and co-founded NORTD Labs. She has a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and has previously held fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, CultureLabUK, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Geraldine Juárez is an artist working with technology to interact with and reflect on tensions between information, property, and power.  She is a F.A.T. Lab Fellow, founder of the Dataslöjd studio and member of the ElectroKKV in Göteborg, Sweden.  Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, a resident at inCUBATE, Timelab, JA.Ca, and Fabrikken, and a recipient of the Makers Muse Award 2011 from the Kindle Project.


Lindsay Howard is a curator exploring how the Internet is shaping art and culture.  She is the Curatorial Director at 319 Scholes and former Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States, where she researched and first presented F.A.T. Gold in April 2013.  Her work uses experimental curatorial models to reflect what she sees as an essential shift in contemporary culture, specifically a growing interest in collaborative creativity, open source philosophy, and unlimited access to information.

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