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Great News for REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory!

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RomaEuropa Web Factory’s second edition is about to start up.

REFF attended the press conference held at the Opificio Telecom in Rome, on Wednsday September 16h 2009, to check out the informations that were being diffused on the web about the innovations of this year’s edition of the Fondazione Romaeuropa’s networked competition.

While watching the press conference, it seemed as if we were looking in the mirror. Because RomaEuropa WebFactory 2009/2010 edition is actually indistinguishable from last year’s RomaEuropa FakeFactory!

  • Open licenses.
  • The works are remixes of existing ones.
  • Democratic voting.
  • Experts and academics evaluating the submitted works through their reviews

All of these things are going to be included in this year’s RomaEuropa WebFactory, whose structure, thus, becomes indistinguishable from the FakeFactory!

And there’s more.

Beatpick. Beatpick is part of REFF, and they are the main partner form the music section (100Samples). Beatpick has been called to manage RomaEuropa WebFactory’s music section for this year’s competition.

Summing up: same rules, open lincenses adoption, same practices, and even our main music partner handling the music section.

:)

We think that this is a great victory.

RomaEuropa WebFactory adopted all of the instances suggested by REFF’s critique. And we’re happy about it.

And we even got proper credit for the effectiveness of our action: REFF was mentioned multiple times during the press conference as the main factor bringing on this year’s change.

It’s not over, yet.

REFF project goes on by producing about 3 minor events by the end of the year, with one to present the publication that includes the academic productions of our scientific committee.

And then, in 2010, we’ll have an enormous initiative. But we’ll leave it as a little suspence for the next few days. :)

Stay Tuned!

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REFF.erence romaeuropa fake factory conference and launch party

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[ ENGLISH ]

RomaeuropaFAKEFactory [REFF]

presents

[ REFF.erence ]

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, March 2009 @ Rome

The international competition RomaEuropaFAKEFactory re-lauches in Rome on March 20th and 21st with two dense days dedicated to the theme “Freedom to Remix“: at the Italian Senate, at the Libreria Flexi and at the Neo Club, with a triple event crossing the borders between different spaces and contexts of the metropolis, from institutional ones to the night clubbing scene of via Libetta.

The Italian Senate, it its “ex Hotel Bologna” (via di S.Chiara 4), hosts, on March 20th, 10:00 to 14:00

[ REFF.erence ]
“Cultural politics and management of intellectual property in the contemporary era” (*)

a coference-debate in which the competition becomes the trigger to start up a dialogue on the meanings of art, culture and creativity, on the management of cultural politics, on the relationships between new business models and the law for what concerns copyright, patents and intellectual property, starring REFF promoters, featuring video interventions by Derrick de Kerckhove, Massimo Canevacci, Carlo Infante, with senator Vincenzo Vita summing up and drawing conclusions and perspectives.

Among the others: councillor Giulia Rodano, councillor Cecilia D’Elia, Luca Neri, casaluce/geiger synusy@cyborg, Simona Lodi, Arturo Di Corinto, Francesco Monico, Stefano Coletto, Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri, Gianluca del Gobbo, Valeria “Jemma Temp” Guarcini, Alex Giordano, Davide D’Atri, Guido Scorza, Marco Scialdone, Valerio Mattioli, OtherehtO, Marco Fagotti, Rosella Ongaretto, Francesco Magnocavallo.

On March 21st starting at 18:00 let’s meet for a

[ REFF.ternoon ]

at the Flexi Cafè Library, in the heart of Rione Monti, for the presentation of the book “Assalto al Copyright” (Assaulting Copyright) (Edizioni Cooper), introduced by Arturo di Corinto; after that the author, Luca Neri, will meet the guests and host a meeting-debate. The evocative ex factory will be animated with the “Flight SynEp” new media art installation by OtherehtO.

Following up, starting at 23:00 and into the night,

[ REFF.jected ]
RomaEuropaFAKEFactory Launch Party

In the invisible space of the Neo Club, Rejected invites its rejects to the continuous pirate remix of identities, playing on the concept of inclusion/exclusion and on musical remix, digital, human, experiential, in a series of performances, installations, live VJ sets and DJ sets.

in the Red Room:

Empty Mirror“, live performance by Global Groove, a couple of visionary unfair artists that have been working on the idea of the noise of fragments for 20 years;

“Remixing People” by xDxD.vs.xDxD, the inventor of [A]rt is [O]pen [S]ource and creator of cyber bodies and robotic and software arts, and Kevin Pistone, historical figure of Rome’s independent photohraphy scene and founder of the MyJemmaTemp workshop, joining forces with an installation and a photographic set challenging each other disassembling and reassembling people’s bodies.

All in the frame of ATOMIC, the new qeer party that will instantiate its imaginaries built on indie disco and obscene pop with Bebop on the controls, the exhibits and performances by Martin Dee vs Industria Indipendente.

In the Caveau:

an environmental interzone running from Zanzibar to William Burroughs, with a 4 DJ squad, 3 VJs and a videoart installation:

Opening set with the tech house by Jason K, Neo Resident and promoter of the Bootleg and Fonia parties.

Following up, a part of the history to come of the subversive Rome penetrating the world thrugh the paths of D.I.Y. , party culture and the Queer imaginaries of the Phag Off project. Warbear connects plots and configures libertarian dancefloors with a set of Incredibly Strange Techno, mashing up spoken words and vocal samples to 4-quarters narrative structures.

Then Bit_Repeat, Rejected resident Djs, with a techno and minimal set.

The video setup is curated by LPM, the global meeting of live video performances, providing the best performers from the roster of Flyer Visual Agency.

Infidel (Phag Off, L-ektrika,Loaded, Anarchy in the Club), Nikky (Phag Off, Sick Marylin) and Aira (L-ektrika, Kitchen) will alternate at the video controls creating umoral un-pop visions.

The BEAT-ify installation will allow you to loose yourself in the extasy of the synesthesia created between berzerk generative cut-ups and the beats of the dancefloor, under the cures of the FLxER team and xDxD.vs.xDxD

Kanu, party shooter and Rejected promoter, will be the witness of the party.

And the news are not yet over.

RomaeuropaFAKEFactory adds two new sections and a new deadline (May 15th 2009)

100Flash, dedicated to GIF art

and

100Spaces, dedicated to design, architecture and landscape

Starting from March 20th, the new web site will be available: a brand new Open Source platform to manage competitions and a social network. By using it artists will be able to register their remix artworks to the literary (100Quotes), music (100Samples), video (100Cuts), LawArt (legal remix of legislative texts on copyright and patents), and to the two new sections: 100Flash and 100Spaces.

More information on the official website of the project

www.romaeuropa.org

RomaeuropaFAKEFactory is a project by

[A]rt is [O]pen [S]ource

in collaboration with

Torino Share Festival – DegradArte – Istituto per le Politiche dell’Innovazione – BeatPick – ComputerLaw 2.0 – LPM, Flyer Communication – PerformngMedia – FLxER – ShockArt.net – NeRVi – Digicult – Associazione Partito Pirata – Nephogram.net – Les Liens Invisible – A.H.A. – Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri – Superfluo – Deliriouniversale – My Jemma Temp – ArtsBlog.it – CodiceBinario – PEAM – Artificialia – Biodoll – Ninja Marketing – Arturo di Corinto – Linux-Club – Guido Vetere – The National Cynical Network – NoemaLab – Free Hardware Foundation – Collettivo Nove – Yesmoke – IPJustice – Rejected – casaluce/geiger synusy@cyborg – Fake – Liber Liber – Domenico Quaranta – ESpace paRtout – creActive commUnity – Metromorfosi – Descentro – Anomolo – Giovanni Ziccardi – Wilfied Agricola de Cologne – Isotype – aStronza – Ramallah Underground – Uqbar – Luisa Valeriani – SIFIR – m-node – muvideo – E32 – Leo Sorge – myMedia – Derrick de Kerckhove – OtherethO – netBehaviour – Milano in Digitale…

(*) to attend the coference write to:

info@romaeuropa.org

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Program Detail

.: Friday March 20th, 2009

REFF.erence – 10:00-14:30

conference-debate – Ex Hotel Bologna , Senato della Repubblica via di S. Chiara 4

“Freedom to Remix”. Cultural politics and intellectual property management in the contemporary era: presentation of the international competition RomaEuropaFAKEFactory

[ ore 10:00 – 10:30 ]

REFF Opening: “origins of RomaEuropaFAKEFactory”

Salvatore Iaconesi (aka xDxD) Art is Open Source

[ ore 10:20 – 11:20 ]

Panel 1 “art, culture and creativity in the contemporary era”

moderator: Rossella Ongaretto

video-intervention by Massimo Canevacci

introduction: Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri

roundtable: casaluce-geiger synusi@cyborg, OtherethO, Gennaro Francione, Valerio Mattioli

[ ore 11:20 – 12:40 ]

Panel 2 “the management of the politics of culture, art and creativity”

moderator: Valeria “Jemma Temp” Guarcini

introduction: Simona Lodi

roundtable: Francesco Monico, Gianluca del Gobbo, Stefano Coletto, Arturo Di Corinto, Ass. Giulia Rodano, ass. Cecilia D’Elia

Video-intevention by Carlo Infante

[ ore 12:40 – 13:00 ] coffee break

[ ore 13:00 – 14:00 ]

Panel 3 “economic models and innovation: business and management models for contemporary intellectualproperty”

moderator: Luca Neri

introduction: Alex Giordano

roundtable: Davide D’Atri, Guido Scorza, Marco Scialdone, Marco Fagotti, Francesco Magnocavallo

[ore 14:00 – 14:15 ]

REFF Perspectives

Oriana Persico (NeRVi)

video-intervention by Derrick De Kerkove

[ ore 14:15 – 14:30 ]

Conclusions/greetings

sen. Vincenzo Vita (vice president of the Cultural Commission of the Italian Senate)

.: Saturday March 21st, 2009

[ ore 18:00-21:00 ]

REFF.ternoon

Aperitif , presentations, installations

Flexi Libreria Caffè – via Clementina 9 Roma

presentation of the book “Assalto al Copyright” (Assaulting Copyright)

introduces: Arturo di Corinto

following up, meeting and debate with Luca Neri, author of the book

video-installation “Flight SynEp” by OtherehtO

[ Ore 23:00-4:30 ]

Rejected & Neo Club present REFF.jected Launch Party

Via degli Argonauti 18 (corner with Via di Libetta)

Red Room Live:

Live: Global Groove presenting “Empty Mirror”

Djs, Perfos & Exhibit : ATOMIC – Mashing the waste (bootlegs/Mash Ups/Nu Disco) – BeBop/Martin Dee/Sabine Jay & The Atomic Kids

Media Art: “Remixing People” by xDxD + Kevin Pistone

Foto: Kanu

Caveau:

Djs: Jason K – Phonia/Bootleg (Tech House) – WARBEAR (Incredibly Strange Techno) Bit_repeat (Minimal Techno)

Vjs: Infidel (FLxER/LPM) Nikky (FLxER/LPM) Aira (FLxER/LPM)

Media Art: “BEAT-ify” xDxD.vs.xDxD + FLxER Team

Foto: Kanu

[FREE ENTRY]

“I am Orson Welles.
I never really wanted to join Roma Europa Web Factory.
I understand the beauty and significance of a fake.
As for my style, for my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it’s the aspect.
Fake is as old as the Eden tree.
Today I believe that man cannot escape his destiny to create whatever it is we make:
jazz, a wooden spoon, or graffiti on the wall.
All of these are expressions of man’s creativity, proof that man has not yet been destroyed by technology.
But are we making things for the people of our epoch or repeating what has been done before?
And finally, is the question itself important?
We must ask ourselves that.
The most important thing is always to doubt the importance of the question.
I am Orson Welles.
I never really wanted to join Roma Europa Web Factory.”

Orson Welles is one of the most influential artists of the contemporary era, touching the domains of cinema, theatre, fiction, radio in a continuous research that trespasses the borders between art, communication, psychology, performance.
His works gave us the chance to perceive art’s transformation, in a form in which art and falsificaion are divided by boundaries that are ethereal and fluid, eventually overlaying and touching.

Orson Welles’ “the War of the Worlds” radio performance was rejected by the RomaWuropa Web Factory competition.

“This is not original work!” was the scream of the Jury.

Orson Welles now joined RomaEuropaFAKEFactory, here:

http://www.romaeuropa.org

Andy Warhol – rejected from the RomaEuropaWebFactory Prize

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http://www.romaeuropa.org

“I am Andy Warhol.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.
A fake, a fake, what is a fake, anyway?
Nothing is real, the only real things are the ones
that you can reproduce, and make millions of them.
Take a thing everybody knows, change it a bit, and claim it as yours.
This is what our world is about.
We can do it! This is what we should do.
I am Andy Warhol.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.
Noone cares about originality. Originality is just too hard to define.
Go to a supermarket, buy one of everything, and expose it in a gallery.
This is what we should do.
I am Andy Warhol.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.”

Andy Warhol’s appropriations of the images and of the media, performed by mechanically reproducing commercial products and celebrity images in silkscreens, smooth paintings and facsimiles, poetically expressed some of the most striking and relevant approaches to art of the 20th century. Andy Warhol’s video was rejected from the videoart section of the RomaEuropa Web Factory.

“This is not original work!” was the scream of the Jury.

Andy Warhol now joined RomaEuropaFAKEFactory, here:

http://www.romaeuropa.org

http://www.romaeuropa.org

“I am William Burroughs.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.
Damn those bloody suckers couldn’t tell art if it hit them in the forehead.
Deep shadows, close down over culture when culture is not able to catch up with the world it lives in.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.
I could not participate because I am an old man, cutting up pieces of paper, lookig for hidden poetry, forgotten literatures in things that have been thrown away, forgotten, put away, stashed in the trash.
I am William Burroughs.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.”

William Burroughs, famous for his cut-up technique, allowing for the creation of beautiful literature compositions by remixing pieces of existing works, was rejected from the literature section of the RomaEuropa Web Factory.

“This is not original work!” was the scream of the Jury.

William Burroughs now joined RomaEuropaFAKEFactory, here:

http://www.romaeuropa.org