Disclosures seeks to scrutinise the notion of openness across fields of cultural production at large. A first reading of openness refers to situations in which the viewer, reader, listener or internet user becomes emancipated through egalitarian participation, collaborative authorship and/or the breaking down of hierarchical and social boundaries. Such scenarios have recurred in the writing and practice of numerous avant-gardists throughout the 20th Century whose legacy, perhaps more so now than ever before, largely informs contemporary practitioners: from Bertolt Brecht’s early claims over media as a two-way communication apparatus (1932) (1), to Walter Benjamin’s The Author as Producer (1934); from Roland Barthes’ The Death of The Author (1967), to the Italian Autonomists’ use of the airwaves as a space for self-organisation and vehicle for popular participation (Radio Alice, 1976-1977 being one example); or from Peter Watkins’ participatory film-documentary La Commune (Paris, 1871) (2000) to the televised re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave orchestrated by Jeremy Deller (2001), to cite but a few.
Disclosures is part of NODE.London Spring ’08. NODE.L: (Networked, Open, Distributed, Events. London) is a voluntary gathering of people, organisations and projects that want to share and develop the infrastructure for media arts and related activities in London and beyond. Node.London Spring '08 has brought together many artists and organisers in an open, participatory season of media arts that aims to support and stimulate media arts in London, budding with fresh exhibitions, discussions, musical events and participatory projects.
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