[spectre] Digital Commoning Practices" Phase1: Open Source audio stream by Station of Commons/ Helsinki

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# Digital Commoning Practices by Station of Commons

The exhibition ”Digital Commoning Practices” departs from *Station of 
Commons* practice of re-appropriation of technology within public space. 
A practice that stands for radical alternative strategies to the 
neo-liberal system in terms of digital means of production, 
communication and distribution. "Digital Commoning Practices" starts 
with a question: How to think of a collaborative process embedded in 
technology that can find form into new knowledge and know-hows within, 
against and beyond capitalist modes of production?

"Digital commoning practices" intends to both elaborate a critical 
discourse on the economization process, and to reflect on digital tools 
development to resist, and rebel, against privatization of technological 
means. As activist and architect Stavros Stavrides insists commoning 
practices must welcome a multitude of knowledges, discourses, practices 
and know-hows for the emergence of commoning spaces. The dynamic at work 
operates as a collective and transformative effort *always in the 
making*. The exhibition invites artists, activists, urbanists, 
publishers, designers, programmers, feminists and educators to open, 
share their work in an Open Source way of doing and thinking.

The exhibition process produces a month long timelime to articulate 
different temporalities; live audio streams, lectures, discussion and 
workshops. This format imagines an exhbition as an intersection of 
eventfull temporalities more than a division of space in the traditional 
white cube practice. "Digital Commoning Practices" timeline develops 
over three phases.

The exhibition opens with the celebration of the first anniversary of 
the Open Source audio stream. Together with Helsinki based *N10 
collective*, Station of Commons will broadcast 5 sound artists whose 
work has developed in absence of concert situation.

The second phase aggregates a network of activists, theorists and 
artists involved in physical and technological spaces. This moment 
intends to intersect their knowledges and practices to examine and think 
together commoning practices in the current hybrid spaces. This phase 
interrogates how digital commoning practices can come to terms with old 
gender stereotype and how can all technology pirates work together.

The third phase entittled "Commoning Education/Educating the Commons" 
discusses how can digital practices and radical education can learn from 
each other. Learning together from the practices of the participants we 
will *deploy an edifice* to initiate an operative digital commoning 

Organised by:
Gregoire Rousseau, Juan Gomez, Constanios Miltiadis.

With artistic and discursive contributions by:
Heta Bilaletdin, Juan Gomez, Pahat Kengät, Tommi Keränen, Malin Kuht, 
Constantinos Miltiadis, Martino Morandi, Jara Rocha, Gregoire 
Rousseau,Alain Ryckelynck , Selena Savic, Dubrovka Sekulic, Femke 
Snelting, Cornelia Sollfrank, Stavros Stavrides, Nora Sternfeld, Samuli 
Tanner, Värvöttäjä.

Phase 1: Open Source audio stream

06.03.2021 N10 Open Source audio stream:

19:00 Pahat Kengät
Pahat Kengät is an electronic musician and composer from Finland. With 
their music Pahat Kengät seeks to recreate a variety of emotional states 
and experiences as electronic soundscapes, utilising a selection of 
electronic and acoustic instruments, and voice. The music itself ranges 
from soft drones to hectic noise, with focus always remaining on static 
and repetitive minimalism.t

20:00 Värvöttäjä:
Värvöttäjä is a Helsinki based ambient music project that collects 
sounds from the environments and pieces them together into new 

21:00 Tommi Keränen
Tommi Keränen is a noise maker from Helsinki. Active since the mid 
1990s, he performs and records as a solo artist, and is a member of 
Testicle Hazard, Large Unit, Köttskogen, Gentle Evil and The 
Truckfuckers. He uses mainly primitive electronics and non-standard 
digital synthesis to create slabs of vivid swirling noise. His 
discography consists of over two dozen entries ranging from cryptic 
tapes to some critically acclaimed releases like the Bats in the Attic 
CD (among The Wire's Rewind picks in 2010).

22:00 Samuli Tanner:
Samuli Tanner plays you some playful and drifting sci-fi music and beats 
with some kind of old and new machines. So it is a win-win show.

23:00 Heta Bilaletdin:
Utilizing samplers, vocals, field sounds, a computer, random items and 
dusty four-track tapes, Heta Bilaletdin creates music concrete, sludgy 
beats, sugary melodies, peculiar dub and disjointed disco. Expect the 
unexpected and humane feelings squeezed out of electronic instruments.

OFFREAL video installation by Malin Kuht
/Ground floor in gallery space.
Alexander Galloway writes in his book „The Interface Effect”, that „an 
interface is not a thing, an interface is always an effect. It is always 
a process or a translation.” This effect includes how humans are 
affected by an interface and the way they are able to engage with a 
machine. OFFREAL considers interfaces as conjunctions of possibilities, 
histories and power relations.
In OFFREAL, two virtual assistants, called Ashley and Allison, are given 
the ability to diffract their existence as interface(s) and their looks. 
In addition to the female-coded voice, many avatars are designed 
according to pop-cultural ideals of beauty, which raises political and 
representational questions. The categories race and gender remain 
contested in the discourse on virtual bodies. What does it mean to be 
human and to become human in this digital age? Human-ess and Machines 
meet somewhere OFF the REAL in a speculative space.

Information on upcoming phases:


Research project on digital commoning practices,
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