[NetBehaviour] Choosing Between 3 Strategies Against Netarchical Capital and its State Form

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Nov 11 18:50:08 CET 2014

Choosing Between 3 Strategies Against Netarchical Capital and its State 

Michel Bauwens' article on p2pfoundation.

"The role of art and artists may be to explore some of these 
alternatives, or actively co-construct peer produced alternatives. We 
are thinking here of art collectives like Furtherfield.org in the UK, 
with Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett, with their projects like the creation 
of a Furtherfield Commons (a common space for artistic and cultural peer 
production), the World of Open Source Art (curation of open art), their 
Do It With Other series, exploring co-produced networked art and which 
has become a global movement. In Italy, we have the Art is Open Source 
movement by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico Penelope Di Pixel), 
which recently supported the Near Future Education Lab, a serious 
attempt to let design students redesign their own education, after the 
future of the institution was challenged by budget cuts. These art 
collectives, through their own peer production practices, prefigure what 
can be done with technology, if its social contradictions are embraced, 
with a vision of using it for human emancipation. The technology itself 
can’t do it, but technology that is used as one of the political and 
social tools, can make a huge difference. Rather than the simplistic 
debates pro and con ‘technology’, the real question is ‘which 
technology’ and how to enhance and spread the existence of tools which 
can really assist with the distribution social and political power, 
never on its own, but always in conjunction with struggling social and 
artistic social movements, and their ongoing co-production of social 



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