Saturday 12 May 2007
Futuresonic 2007 invites the leading figures from Brazil and around the world to participate in a high profile conference session on this movement.
Read article by Dougald Hine on the Pontos de Cultura in Brazil.
Cristiano Scabello (Brazil), one of the most inspirational artists working in Brazil's open source culture, will talk about music, media, free and open source software (floss), and cultural diffusion from the perspective of his experience with some collectives and actions that happen in Brazil. A few examples are:
Dubversão Sistema de Som
An urban intervention sound system collective, they make parties in the streets of São Paulo inspired by jamaican sound systems.
A research and production collective that focuses on free and open source software and philosophy.
Brazilian Ministry of Culture's action geared toward access to knowledge and networked communication inside the Cultural Hotspots project.
Cristiano will be joined by leading open source activists from the UK, James Wallbank and Matthew Edmondson, plus figures from across Europe who are working to develop the Brazilian model internationally. They will consider the potential offered by the Brazilian model, and by open source generally. The mantra of 'free and open source' is migrating from software into ever more spheres of life. Large corporations have adopted open source software. How can the social model of 'bottom up ICT' take root more widely? Is the belief that 'if it works with software it will work with people' another case of techno-utopianism? Or is open source culture about more than just what goes on inside our computer, a rallying cry and a real alternative in the way we lead our lives?
Chaired by Dave Carter, Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)
Saturday 12 May, 2pm - 4pm
Claudio Prado, 63 is the leading figure in the Brazilian movement. He was deeply involved in the countercultural movement in 1960's London - he was one of the organizers of the first Glastonbury Festival, and was involved in the launch of the International Times and of the first format of Time Out. In London he met the musician Gilberto Gil, now Culture Minister of Brazil, with whom he has had a lifetime friendship.
Claudio is now in a unique position, working in a very new frontier between government and media activists running the Digital Culture Department of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. He is the man responsible for Brazil's involvement in international discussions around digital and open source culture, and all its consequences in IP regulations, cultural production and identity, creative economy and so on. He is also responsible for putting all these concepts into practice, through the Pontos de Cultura (literally, 'Bridges of Culture') project - 600 grassroots cultural centers spread all around the country that receive a digital multimedia production infrastructure and take part in a series of meetings and workshops regarding free and open source software for multimedia production, open licensing, gift economy and similar subjects.
Saturday 12 May, 8pm - 9pm
Saturday 12 May, 4pm-6pm
Council Chambers, Steve Biko Building (upstairs in Academy), Oxford Road
Sunday 13 May, 12pm-5pm
Zion Centre, Hulme
Basement Social Centre, 24 Lever St
April/May - See website for details
Friday 11 May, 8.30pm
Basement Social Centre, 24 Lever St
DELEGATE PASS Ticket Info
The Delegate Pass gives you access to the Social Technologies Summit,
all Futuresonic seminars and talks, and all Futuresonic Live and Urban Play
events over the festival weekend.