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Free/Libre Technologies, Arts and the Commons Unconference

May 30, 2019 @ 18:00 - June 1, 2019 @ 18:00 EEST

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Free/Libre Technologies, Arts and the Commons
An Unconference about Art, Design, Technology, Making, Cities and their Communities.

Dates: Thursday, May 30th - Saturday June 1st, 2019
Location: University of Nicosia, Cyprus

The Unconference is organized by the University of Nicosia Research Foundation as part of project PHYGITAL, and co-organized in collaboration with the Fine Arts Programme, Department of Design and Multimedia, hack66, and the Municipality of Lakatamia. The implementation partner is Future Worlds Center.

Programme, Information and Registration

Participation is Free of Charge

Invited Speakers
• Richard Stallman
• Silvia Federici
• Gregory Sholette
• Luiz Guilherme Vergara
• Johan Soderberg
• Gabriele de Seta
• Lynn Jones & Harriet Poppy Speed
• Ruth Catlow

What kind of creativity comes after today’s digital cultures? After the smart city, post-surveillance, post-innovation, when social entrepreneurship discourse has ran its course?
In the last few years there has been a sharp momentum in the growth of groups and spaces that operate under collective and community-driven structures of collaboration and shared learning processes (onsite and online). This is happening in parallel to debates about the fate of the commons (physical, digital, and creative), and about openness and freedom of access. Our societies are at the same time, reeling from the effects of connectivity and social media just as we try to understand their potential and limitations for civic improvement, mobilization and/or abuse, and their extensions into socially and community orientated art and design. In our times of digital communalities, bringing together issues related to art, design, technology, governance, and the commons, also means to reflect on contemporary discourses of openness and freedom, and to redefine the ways we produce and share knowledge, not least about new possibilities of production and sharing in themselves. Considering our digital realisms and increasingly disparate lived realities, we wish to explore examples and approaches to activism in relation to social movements around making and sharing, critical artistic practices, and their related technological shifts. Especially as pockets of our cities are being transformed into creative and entrepreneurial hubs, and new setups of collective knowledge production blend into processes of urbanisation, regeneration and issues related to the smart city and its mechanisms of surveillance.

Unconference Format
This Unconference follows the momentum of a broader movement rethinking the academic conference format towards a more connected model of knowledge sharing, peer learning and collaboration. This allows presentations of research while it also allows participants to work together and set their own agenda in discussions, workshops, and co-working sessions, that respond to previous proposals as well as spontaneously emerging priorities. We will be hosting participants from a broad network of researchers and activists across fields, and connecting remotely with others.
Developing a publication is one of the unconference’s main aims.

Join our Art, Tech, and the Commons Mailing List by emailing

For queries please contact
Helene Josephides |

Or the Unconference Chairs
Evanthia Tselika |
Chrystalleni Loizidou |

Unconference Scientific Committee
Evanthia Tselika, University of Nicosia. (Chair)
Chrystalleni Loizidou, hack66/ Lakatamia Municipality. (Chair)
Helene Black,
Yiannis Colakides,
Maria Hadjimichael, University of Cyprus.
Marios Isaakidis, University College London.
Eva Korae, Cyprus University of Technology.
Thrasos Nerantzis, Future Worlds Center.
Leandros Savvides, Leicester University.
Gabriele de Seta, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.
Niki Sioki, University of Nicosia.

Phygital is an Interreg V 2014-2020 BalkanMed, EU-funded programme being implemented in Greece, Albania and Cyprus and involves the development of makerspaces – one in each country - that will work with the local community. In Cyprus, the project’s work is being carried out by the University of Nicosia Research Centre in collaboration with the Municipality of Lakatamia/hack66 and will focus on social art practices exploring the melding of open technology, art and design. The project operates on the basis of the ‘design global – manufacture local’ model which introduces innovative organisational and business patterns allowing an unprecedented booming of communities engaged in do-it-yourself (DIY) activities. It wishes to support and enhance these local capacities for innovation and utilise the opportunities the decentralised modes of production can create. The Cyprus section of the project examines the importance of makerspace culture in the advancement of contemporary social art and design practices. It delves into the principles of open source projects, software-hardware freedom and bottom-up collaborative structures to explore ways they can be utilised - in line with social art/design practices - to address the needs of the local community.

PHYGITAL- Catalysing innovation and entrepreneurship unlocking the potential of emerging production and business models
Lead Partner-GFOSS/ Greek Free Open Source Software Society
Peer to Peer Alternatives - Greece (a.k.a. “P2P Lab”)
Lakatamia Municipality/ hack66- Cyprus
Open Labs – Albania
Municipality of North Tzoumerka- Greece
University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF)- Cyprus
The National Center of Folklore Activities- Albania



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May 30, 2019 @ 18:00
June 1, 2019 @ 18:00
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