Common Ends

Fostering creative culture in the commons.

Free Culture at The DCA

Having previously had the pleasure of talking to Clive Gillman (Director of the DCA) I recently approached him with the aim of potentially getting the DCA and the wider arts community in Dundee involved in a variety of Free Culture projects. I suspected that Clive would already have been aware of the potential for such movements, but it still came as a timely surprise when I learned that the DCA was already organising a public research group to actively involve itself in this space.

Thursday 9th November

6pm – 8:30pm

Free just come along on the night.

It needn’t cost the earth to get hold of powerful, creative, digital tools. This meeting is aimed at bringing together a group to experiment with art and technology, and self-teach tools such as Korsakow, Pure Data, and Audacity. We’ll look at developments which allow for new ways of making and experiencing art: Open Source software, distributed creativity and interactive artworks.

Guests from Glasgow’s Openlab will share their approach to creative dialogue. Everyone welcome. [The DCA Guide, October – December 2006]

Simon Yuill, a programmer and artist involved in various Free Culture activities such as Glasgow’s Electron Club and Your Machines will be giving a talk. Given the quality of a previous presentation of his that I saw, it’s lining up to be an interesting meeting. Simon is also exhibiting spring-alpha, a Free Culture inspired art project at the Abertay University gallery, spring-alpha is a gaming/simulation project that makes links between the Free Culture ethos and allotments and old-fashioned self-sufficiency.

Needless to say we’ll be attending the event at the DCA, as we hope to involve ourselves with these exciting initiatives and hopefully develop a broader interest in Free Culture. I’d also urge anyone else who’s interested to attend.


October 15, 2006 Posted by | activities, events, free culture, Free Software | Leave a comment

Commons Culture Is Coming to Scotland…

This Blog is the beginnings of a much bigger project to advocate the Creative Commons and open participatory culture.

We are based in Dundee, Scotland, but our plans are global in scope. Our initial aims are broadly:

  1. To support individuals and communities; assisting them in collaborating freely with others in open, democratic ways.
  2. To support individuals and communities wishing to allow others to share and build upon their works (artistic or otherwise)
  3. To support cultures of openness, participation and transparency for the betterment of humanity.
  4. To better articulate our goals and refine our organisational aims.

To get things off the ground we plan to collaborate, join and support other initiatives that aim to democratise media, further enable commons based peer production and change the world for the better. We do not believe in reinventing the wheel unless it means developing a better wheel, so we view collaboration as a key principle in fullfilling our mission.

We have strong sympathies with the philosophies behind participatory and free culture, Creative Commons, and the Free and Libre Open Source Software movement. Technology and the Internet in particular will play a significant part in freeing people and empowering them to change culture and the world for the better. It is our belief however that to influence significant change technology is only part of the solution. True change can only come if people understand the array of tools they can use, of which technology is just one.

One of our initial plans is to assist in establishing a locally based community in Dundee & Scotland based around the transparent sharing of information and artistic works through Creative Commons and FLOSS licenses.

As you can no doubt see we are at the start of our journey, we have lots of ideas and plans and are in need of assistance. If you’re interested in what we’re trying to do and want to help then you can contact us at common.ends [at] We plan to assemble some online community forums and mailing lists in the near future to help get our ideas off the ground. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.

July 24, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, Creative Commons, free culture, Free Software, mission, Organisation | Leave a comment