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In collaboration with Critical Practice at Chelsea College of Arts, NODE.L, Wireless London + Mute Magazine.

Tate Britain 7th-8th October 2005


"Inspired by Free Software, software that challenges conventional practices of authorship, ownership and distribution, our innovative congress explored the implications of those developments for art, visual culture and cultural production in general."

Open Congress took place at Tate Britain over the 7th and 8th October 2005, it was structured through three themes of Governance, Creativity and Knowledge. Participants shaped the Congress through simultaneous presentations, discussion, workshops and events.

These included... Cory Doctorow- from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Johanna Gibson, David Berry & Giles Moss -The Libre Society, McKenzie Wark, Trebor Scholz, Toni Prug of Open Organizations, Bronac Ferran with John Bywater, David Heath and Luke Nicholson, Richard Barbrook, Ben White with Eileen Simpson, Locarecords, Kelli Dipple, Monica Ross, Tiziana Terranova, Julian Priest, Christian Ahlert – Open Business, Neil Cummings, smsTroika. David Goldenberg, Jamie King, Saul Albert - Wireless London, Pete Maloney, Armin Medosch and Shu lea Cheang - Kingdom of Piracy, Paul B Davies, Max - Seeds for Change, Joasia Krysa with Grzesiek Sedek, Manuela Zechner, Corrado Morgana, Ilze Black, Mary Anne Francis - Part Art, Constant VZW, Linda Drew, Felix Stalder, Simon Yuill, Simon Pope, Ian IanDrysdale, Trevor Giles, Carles Guerra, Tom Neill, Wei-Ho Ng and Darrel Stadlen among many, many others."

Neil Cummings, 2005 from Critical Practice WIKI

The Analogue Visual Communication Centre
was part of my contribution for the day, offered as a site to generate activity through the facilitation of communication between the participants and interactions of thoughts and ideas in and between the spaces provided for the congress. (It's a notice board!)

It was a very valuable event and at the time I was very interested in how this open approach could affect design. Now, just a few years later and the Open Design movement is of course thriving. The move towards a collaborative, cross diciplinary, shared approach to design activity, research and process is happening at great speed. This alongside new technlogies such as rapid prototyping and digital printing are further democratising design and as a result new landscapes for practice are continuing to appear.

The Critical Practice Research Group is here


+ Analogue Communications Centre, Open Congress Tate Britain 2005 [Photograph Pete Maloney]


+ 'No more spider diagrams' and 'Chips £1.20' were two of the contributions. [Photograph Pete Maloney]