[NetBehaviour] Next at HTTP//_____________________________________The Summer of Folk

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jul 19 17:40:02 CEST 2005


*Next at HTTP// [House of Technologically Termed Praxis]*
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*_____________________________________The Summer of Folk*

 Open by appointment from 19th July to August 28th 2005

The Summer of Folk at HTTP is a re-evaluation of the conventional 
exhibition experience, combining intellectual and sensual activities. 
Visitors are invited to contribute to a Physical Folksonomy - to browse, 
borrow and organise books and journals from ThE DiStRiBuTeD LiBrArY 
whilst savouring delicious Iranian sweets and a cup of El Salvadorian 
coffee supplied by Feral Trade, traded along social networks.

Visitors of all backgrounds and experiences are requested to suggest and 
demonstrate their ideas for displaying, categorising and borrowing books 
from the library. All contributions will be documented and made 
accessible  on the wiki, as well as in the gallery space for others to 
observe. Please email info at http.uk.net or telephone +(0) 20 8802 2827 to 
personally schedule your visit and plan your activity.

--------------- Getting to HTTP:
        Unit A2, Arena Business Centre,
        71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1NY
        Tube: Manor House, Buses: 341, 141,
        Car: free parking facilities
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------------------------------------- Associated Events

The Summer of Folk also provides the context for an informal season of 
associated events.

The first of these events is '48 Hour Wake' which begins at 12 midnight 
Friday 22nd July ending at Midnight Sunday 24th July. The 48 Hour Wake 
with David Goldenberg and guests examines how it is possible to 
disengage from any mindset that one inherits before going on to develop 
new ways of thinking, and from there, new ways of acting. This event 
will be webcast for simultaneous viewing at East Open Internationalas 
part of Making Things Better  and provides the opportunity for a wide 
range of persons to take part in the discussions via Voice-Over IP.

HTTP has free wireless access to the Internet so bring your laptops to 
surf and study.

______________________ More About The Summer of Folk

______________________________ ThE DiStRiBuTeD LiBrArY
 ThE DiStRiBuTeD LiBrArY provides a resource for creative research that 
encourages a re-evaluation of where one stands in the world beyond the 
established canons, structures, processes and mediation.

Expect to find amongst the 250 books and journals, fact, fiction and 
theory surrounding Net Art, New Media, Activism, Art & Technology, 
Wireless technology, Locative Media, Critical Thinking, Anarchism, 
Feminism, Marxism, Cyber culture and theory, Programming, Psychology, 
Complexity Theory, Pirate Broadcasting, Politics, Philosophy, 
Post-modernism, Gay and Lesbian writings, Underground Film and more.

The library consists of two collections. The first is on loan from Ron 
Briefel, an active Situationist, who has distributed his personal 
library among a number of venues, people's private homes, community 
centres, squats and galleries for public reading and lending. HTTP also 
welcomes a recent collection of historic 90s DIY journals and zines from 
Media Arts Projects who's recent workshops and events emphasise 
skill-sharing, promoting the visibility of non-commercial uses of new 
technologies, and building local networks.

The library is usually accessible between gallery exhibtions. There is 
no formal system for indexing or lending this reading material. All 
loans are negotiated by personal agreement. It is a resource for those 
who are interested in discovering information in a random way, seeing 
something that they have not yet come across, opening their minds to 
different contexts and ways of thinking, accessing material that cannot 
usually be accessed within their own institutions.
Media Arts Projects: http://mediaartprojects.org.uk/


___________________________________ Physical Folksonomy

http://www.http.uk.net/cgi-bin/dl_wiki.pl?PhysicalFolksonomy

Whilst recent technological developments in semantic web and folksonomy 
allow digital files to be tagged to appear in more than one category at 
once (with a personalised vocabulary), the books in ThE DiStRiBuTeD 
LiBrArY exist in physical space. HTTP is providing an open platform to 
collaborate and experiment with emerging models of knowledge sharing for 
local and universal contexts and an opportunity to critique and explore 
how strategies in digital environments might impact on the organisation 
of data in physical and social space.

Why not create a 'Couple's Catalogue' to represent a mutual 
understanding? or perhaps a group of three would create a 'Tripart 
Taxonomy'- and leave the remainder as unchartered territory.

Any structural additions to the fabric of the building to accommodate a 
reflection of your thinking will be considered. We hope to develop a 
range of strategies of specific relevance and use for the individuals 
and groups who visit HTTP. Every categorisation strategy from 'tidying 
up' to the most taxing taxonomical tactic will be documented and 
credited to its creator(s).

Over the Summer the HTTP crew will develop a digital archive to document 
all propositions in whatever format seems most appropriate (and 
possible). We welcome all offers of support and advice from outside 
collaborators: technical, philosophical, catering- inexperienced and 
specialist.

___________________________________________ Feral Trade
http://www.feraltrade.org

Feral Trade sweets and coffee will be served throughout the Summer. 
Feral Trade is an initiative to develop new trade relations along social 
networks. Whilst never actually calling itself art, this project reveals 
the social-context, texture and aesthetics of this venture in ‘new 
international trade relations’, with coffee and sweets as its medium.

"The use of the word 'feral' denotes a process which is wilfully wild 
(as in pigeon) as opposed to romantically or nature-wild (wolf). The 
passage of goods can open up wormholes between diverse social settings, 
routes along which other information, techniques or individuals can 
potentially travel." Kate Rich.

__________________________________________48 Hour Wake

In a one off event which begins at 12 midnight Friday 22nd July and ends 
at Midnight Sunday 24th July David Goldenberg and guests will take part 
in a continous 48 hour wake at HTTP gallery. During this time they will 
stay awake while on-site inside HTTP gallery to dream, relax, take part 
in discussions and share ideas with a community who enter into the project.

The 48 hour wake examines how it is possible to disengage from any 
mindset that one inherits before going onto develop new ways of 
thinking, and from there, new ways of acting.

The event is to be web cast so that it will be seen simultaneously at a 
venue in Norwich gallery as part of the East Open International - along 
with facilities that will allow the opportunity for a wide range of 
persons to take part in the discussions via Voice-Over IP.The project 
develops a work staged last year for the STRUKTUR show at artist: 
network in New York.

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Gallery website http://www.http.uk.net
Getting to HTTP http://www.http.uk.net/docs/gettingto.htm

HTTP:// is a non-profit organisation run by artists and curators of 
Furtherfield.org
http://www.furtherfield.org

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