[NetBehaviour] Net Community Hacks Cultural Funding System

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue May 2 19:52:59 CEST 2006


Now this stuff sounds pretty interesting...

marc

> Net Community Hacks Cultural Funding System
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> Vienna, 2 May 2006
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> “Our much-discussed, game-theory-oriented approach to cultural  
> funding represents a clear rejection of all the Austrian cultural  
> industry’s hegemonic tendencies,” states MANA coordinator Stefan  
> Lutschinger: “This hack of the outmoded jury and committee system  
> opposes every rationalistic funding cut with pure difference,  
> contingency coping and the fruitful development of paradox.”
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> Software-based Funding Distribution
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> Last week, a participatory cultural support budget of 125,000 euros  
> was distributed to artists and cultural producers in Vienna using the  
> MANA Community Game – an innovative software-supported selection  
> process. The decision regarding the distribution of funding was not  
> made by curators, juries or committees, but by the submitters  
> themselves. Twelve people will receive project grants between 5,000  
> and 15,000 euros, whereby 42% of the recipients are women.
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> “Old” Concepts and “New Thinking”
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> The Community Game is one of the most innovative distribution systems  
> for cultural funding worldwide. It is based on “old” concepts of the  
> avant-garde – auto-curating and self-organization – and the “new  
> thinking” of second-order cybernetics. MANA’s great advantage is its  
> capacity for self-correction and adaptation to intelligent system  
> environments: errors and irregularities can be recognized and  
> corrected immediately by the net community, which emerges  
> strengthened from this process. Here 120 submitters agreed to a  
> complex set of rules.
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> A Self-managed Cultural Funding Budget
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> Since the autumn of 2004, the open net community “netznetz.net” has  
> grown out of the numerous digital cultural initiatives that have  
> developed in Vienna in recent years. In order to do justice to these  
> diverse cultural and artistic modes of expression, an application has  
> been made to the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs (Net  
> Culture Unit) for a self-managed cultural funding budget to support  
> this very active scene with around 500,000 euros yearly. The heart of  
> this funding model is the software-based selection process MANA.  
> After a two-month evaluation phase in early summer, the net community  
> will decide on its specific adaptation and further development.
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> Inquiries:
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> Stefan Lutschinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Hans Bernhard
> Email: s.lutschinger at digitaldrafts.at
> +43 660 6538616
> http://mana.netznetz.net
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netznetz
> http://www.parliaments-of-art.net
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