Report from Andrew Paterson, who did a incredible job of organizing this more than excellent festival:
The ‘Alternative Economy Cultures’ (alt.econ.cult) programme on April 3rd & 5th, brought together leading international and Finnish thinkers, cultural practitioners and activists, to present alternative economic visions, during Pixelache Helsinki Festival 2009.
The seminar aimed to tackle not just the financial, but the social, cultural, institutional, human, material, emotional and intellectual forms of capital. Not just about individual gain, boosting, balancing or bail-outs, but common good, peer-to-peer, shared wealth and appropriate reward for effort involved.
The discussion-based workshop about peer-fundraising brought together artists, researchers and business representatives interested in P2P funding models. Focusing upon emerging practices and related topics, it also raised the topic: Can the crowd-sourcing phenomena be applied to support alternative cultural events in Finland?
The programme was initiated and organised by artist-researcher Andrew Gryf Paterson (independent / www.agryfp.info / Medialab TaiK), in cooperation with Marita Muukkonen & Ivor Stodolsky of Perpetuum Mobilε (www.perpetualmobile.org) and Roope Mokka of Demos Helsinki (www.demos.fi). We aimed to offer a new strand to the Pixelache Network discourse.
Not claiming to be any expert in the topic, the programme of speakers in the seminar emerged from a combination of direct invitations, and peer nominations from the social network of the organiser and associates. The audience for the event had to be constructed also. Hence in different ways, it was an exercise in exploring connections and developing new associations.
A cultural festival and organisation, like Pixelache, is an organised network (www.pixelache.ac). It brings together people interested in topics such as electronic arts; participatory cultures (and subcultures, including the exploration of grassroot organising and networks); politics and economics of media/technology; media literacy and engaging environmental issues. Social, intellectual and institutional capital has gathered over the years, but it is still based mostly on volunteer or underpaid work. If we were to pay everyone, nothing would have happened to begin. That is a very-much unresolved problematic, but also strength where we support our dreams.
In organising and cooperation, the alt.econ.cult programme aimed to highlight peer-to-peer practice in relation to theories. Unusually, in the Nordic cultural festival context, the event was funded by a 'bottom-up' mix of institutional and seed/peer-funding, where the support grew over time, rather than being determined in advance. For example, via small personal donations, cultural organisations, government ministries, non-profit political think-tanks, activist media and business companies. We also experimented with an online volunteer donation system, instead of seminar tickets, and used an offline micro-donation system (Piñata).
For more info: http://2009.pixelache.ac/festival/programme/alternative-economy-cultures/
All the documentations (including video, audio most slides, & supporting materials) from the Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th April events are now available *online*.
The videos documenting the friday event are hosted on Vimeo platform, and the whole day is split into 7 parts. (In all cases, except the first 2 clips, speakers are bundled together in groups)
However, audio files of each presenter are also available in both .ogg and .mp3 format,
with creative commons licenses (by-sa/by-nc-sa) applied to them.
Lastly, for those who wish to dip 'under-the-money-covers' of the the 'Alt.Econ.Cult' seminar..
Or learn something about the funding methodology/practicalities (and hopefully repeat/adapt/etc)..
Or wonder who gave to & benefited from it.. The budget is made public, released with a creative commons license (by-nc-nd).
or view online: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pcJi_Y1JrRioGw54PXtgWcQ