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A video about REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory has been published on the website of La Stampa, an important italian newspaper.

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REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory is back.

http://www.youtube.com/v/iyoOlobkqhU?fs=1&hl=en_US

A book is coming out in Italy (and an international version is following soon, before the end of the year) together with the next step in our action in favor of better innovation policies andpractices for arts and culture.

During these days Italy is living strange times, with a government that is something that could easily be called a “soft dictatorship”and an extensive crisis scenario across culture, imaginaries and perspectives.

This, in particular, is a peculiar day for Italy, as the governmental crisis began just a few hours ago. And it is indeed a very strange crisis, as the in-crisis government actually has loads of power (it managed to have the crisis postponed by 14 days, to be able to create a few more laws:) ), and the possible alternatives do not really offer any real difference to the currently running models.

This is a media dictatorship, as its power is based on 20+ years of television and on the social changes it induced in the population.

Current culture and art policies reflect that. Totally.

This difficult scenario is what induced us in the first place when we created REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory.

A quick-quick history: in 2008 a big italian culture/arts institution created an international competition that was really terrible in terms of the supported cultural policies, of artists’ rights and of intellectual property issues. We, a group of artists and activists together with 80+ partners all over the world , created REFF, a fake institution and a competition just like the “original” one, only supporting open, innovative practices and policies.

The impact was so strong that REFF was invited at the Cultural Commission of the Italian Senate.

The original institution (theFondazione RomaEuropa) was forced to change its policies and to transform its practices, becoming just like REFF :)

The action continued, as the original Fondazione became the focus of several large operators’ assault on the digital imaginaries of people to create what they openly call the Digital Class.

This process saw the biggest italian telco operator (Telecom Italia) invading practically every space in digital arts, leading to a scenario in which even the absurd “Internet for Peace” campaign was possible: a telco operator was becoming a major political force in all the issues related to networks, digital innovation, intellectual property and publishing, obtaining the support of more that 70 representatives in both the Parlament and the Senate.

We leveraged REFF, our shadow institution, and uncovered many of these opaque processes. Last one of which is the assault on digital publishing industries: the market of ebooks and ebook readers is the latest area of assault on italy’s digital cultures scenario and on the practices of free expression and self-determination.

This is why together with FakePress wecreated this book.Together with the book a software platform will be released (GPL2 license) allowing people to freely create ebooks, and enhanced books featuring augmented reality, wide tagging, and fruibility across several devices.

The platform has been recently presented at Artissima with the help of the Piemonte Share Festival as an opportunity for publishing and expression practices for the arts and culture.

Multiple events will follow in the next days and months.

Stay tuned, if you like.

cheers.

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REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory

[PRESS RELEASE – ENGLISH ]

Almost two years after its creation il 2009, the REFF – RomaEuropa FakeFactory is back with the publication of its book, published in Italy by DeriveApprodi & FakePress:

REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory cover

REFF
The reinvention of the real through critical practices
of remix, mash-up, re-contextualization, reenactment

Foreword by: Bruce Sterling

Over 30 contributions ranging from critical articles to interviews; a catalog of 30 works exploring the themes of remix in an extended way; the special mentions of the 2009-2010 contest; a new experience of reading integrating the digital and paper dimentions trough the use of Augmented Reality and tagging; an open source tool for creating ubiquitous, cross-media publications, by FakePress.

From the foreword, by Bruce Sterling:

“Right now, the behaviors and activities commemorated in this book are bizarre. Very. They are so peculiar that they are inherently difficult to describe, because they come from the outer reaches of an emergent network-culture.
I could write an entire book about these ideas and practices, a book that would be science fiction, architecture fiction, design fiction, a technical manual and also a manifesto for network economics. That book would be rather like this book, only less entertaining.”

REFF. An example of an artistic, cultural and political act. A truly Augmented Reality, a multi-strata object that entices to be discovered, read and used with more “sense” up to the performative one. A new prototype of publication, beyond the e-book.

Copyright
RomaEuropaFakeFactory book is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.5 Italy.

Site

http://www.romaeuropa.org
http://www.fakepress.it
http://www.deriveapprodi.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/REFF-RomaEuropa-FakeFactory/121217751261830?ref=ts&v=wall

Press & Contacts

Davide Sacco – Ufficio Stampa DeriveApprodi
ufficiostampa@deriveapprodi.org
+39 328 3921381
+39 392 3273987

Oriana Persico – Media & Communication FakePress
oriana@fakepress.net
+39 347 7126928

AUTHORS, ARTISTS & CURATORS
(in alphabetical order)

“VOICES”
Richard Barbrook, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Germana Berlantini, Mike Bonanno, Loretta Borrelli, Andy Cameron, Massimo Canevacci, Francesca Canu, Carlo Cappa, Antonio Caronia, Dario Carrera, Stefano Coletto, Fiorello Cortiana, Umberto Croppi, Marco Fagotti, Marc Garret, Alex Giordano, Maria Hellström Reimer e Milica Lapčević, Lorenzo Imbesi, Stephen Kovats, Simona Lodi, Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri, Federico Monaco, Movimento ScambioEtico, Andrea Natella, Eleonora Oreggia aka xname, Luigi Pagliarini, Federico Ruberti, Marco Scialdone, Guido Scorza, Valentina Tanni, Jasmina Tescnovic, Cristina Trivellin e Martina Coletti

“VISIONS”
0100101110101101.ORG, Antoni Abad, Alterazioni Video, Apparati Effimeri, David Benqué, Jens Brand, Alex Dragulescu, Amy Francescini (Future Farmers), Flyer Communication (FLxER), Derek Holzer, Carlo Infante, jodi.org, Steve Lambert, Les Liens Invisibles, Fosco Loiti Celant, Garrett Lynch, Guthrie Lonergan, Quayola, Rebar Group, Ben Rubin, Adam Somlai-Fischer (Architecture), Sosolimited, Eugenio Tisselli, Troika, Hannes Walter e Stephen Williams (Fluid Forms), Marianne Weems (The Builders Association), Clemens Weisshaar e Reed Kram, Jaka Železnikar

” REFF Special Mentions 2009/2010″
Daniele Mancini / Urban Fields, Agnese Trocchi, Mathilde Neri Poirier / Hotel Nuclear, Luther Blissett, Agatino Rizzo / Cityleft, Adriano Sanna / Image Hunters, Pasquale de Sensi, Paola Zampa, Michael Cipolla, Chiara Passa, Anna Olmo, Eva Pedroni Simoncelli, Francesco D’Isa, Marco Pignatti, Samo Pedersen, Anna Gramma, Ivan / Eri Nav, Nanette Wylde, Laura Spampinato, Alessandro Suizzo, Chiara Micheli, Andrea Paglia, Difesa Jubecca, Andreas Maria Jacobs, Leif Ahnland, Stefano Pala e Francesco Rosati, Alessio Ballerini, Gregor Rozanski, quwt, judsoN, Bernardina / Demo Architects, Jelena Jovic, Sara Basili, Juan Lopez, Jimenez Lai, mag.MA Architetture, moriyuki, Giorgia Borroni, Cortomobile, Cenk Dereli, Titusz Tarnai, Daniele Salvatori, Chiara Angioli, Luis Rolando Rojas, Yurij Alekhno, Jose Antonio De Jesus Corona Gonzalez, Snak3, Adriana e Morena, Sheriff Xenoph, Pier Giorgio De Pinto

Edited by:
Cary Hendrickson, Salvatore Iaconesi, Oriana Persico, Federico Ruberti, Luca Simeone (FakePress)

http://www.romaeuropa.org

Available in the best bookstores from November 2010