Commons Tense

Commons Tense
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Exhibitionwith:Bager AKBAY / Fatih AYDOGDU / Osman KOÇ /Nagehan KURALI & Selin ÖZÇELIK / Ali MIHARBI /Onur SÖNMEZ & Jaak KAEVATS / Candas SISMAN8.–21. OctoberGalerie der HBKsaar / SaarbrückenKepler str. 5 /D-66117 SaarbrückenOpening: 7. October 2012 / 19:00Workshops:4. October 201210:0012:00 h & 13:0017:00 h Osman Koç,“Processing for Arduino”,Digitale Produktionszentrum der HBKsaar5. October 201210:00-12:00 h & 13:00-17:00 hEkmel Ertan,“Paper Arduino”Digitale Produktionszentrum der HBKsaar“Commons Tense” exhibits the works of new media artists from Turkey. Being asub-theme of amberPlatform’s 2012 theme entitled “Paratactic Commons”. CommonsTense points out that it is now time to talk within a new category that embeds theCommons in.The decade that followed 9/11 witnessed a radical regression of communal energies,forcing us to live strictly in individual spheres; the fear and control society in theguise of a war on terror, the tendency of nation-states to impose their ideologicalagendas onto everyone and everything under their control and the conflicts andcollaborations of a global consumerist economy that urges the rapid privatization ofpublic goods have all taken a toll on the common values of human societies aroundthe Globe. The commons that we need to regain entail a broad spectrum. They rangefrom ecological unbalances, which result from the privatization of natural resources,to the ‘de facto’ privatization of judicial systems, which has led to the degradationof a justice that is common to all.Meanwhile, the ever-popularizing digital media, beginning with the Internet itselfas a common resource, has been a major source of inspiration in revitalizing theidea of the commons. More specifically, the capacities oered by new media havehelped to re-understand that information is a “common” as well as the right toaccess information.Can digital commons be an alternative platform to launch a political thought whosemain aim is sharing, transparency, and freedom to access information? What canwe learn from free software’s, copyleft movements, peer-2-peer systems, the logic ofopen source, and creative commons? Could the digital-commons help for the creationof another form of economy and ecology? Could humans share their commonresources rather than exploit them? What kind of paratactic artistic strategies coulddigital commons consist of?Realized in collaboration with TodaysArt Festival in Den Haag and Academy of FineArts Saar in Saarbrücken the artworkspresented at the exhibition will oer variousinterpretations of the theme. Theco-events, which consist of two workshops andartist’s presentations will be held in the week before the exhibition. One of theworkshops focuses on building Arduino Boards, an open-source, easy-to usehardware and software electronics platform for artist and designers.In the secondworkshop participants will experiment with Arduino Boards using python andprocessing programming languages.