Call for Artists, Technologists + Curators: Mozfest 2014, London

Exciting news today — we’ve just launched a Public Call to bring artists, curators and creatives together in London for the first-ever “Art & Culture of the Web" track at the Mozilla Festival this October — and you are invited!

Each year, MozFest is built around a set of core tracks featuring topics that have the greatest potential for innovation and empowerment with the Web, bringing in 1,000+ innovators to the shores of the Thames to build and make together. And this year, my co-conspirator Paula le Dieu and I will be bringing together a brand new topic, “Art & Culture of the Web”, to explore the ways millions of users around the world are making the transition from consumers to creators, merging art, technology and networks to build new forms with unprecedented results.

We are especially interested in finding out what the combination of these experiments in theory, code and creativity — a practice we refer to as "networked art" — might mean for cultural heritage organizations, artists, technologists and curators? And how might creative works inform our understandings of the open web’s key challenges, from privacy to ownership, and from identity to governance?

From the launch of OPEN STUDIO, a groundbreaking site where participatory artworks will be created live, to a youth-led gallery curated by Hive Learning Networks, and from a global GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum) skill-shares, this track is already shaping up to be the most creative experiment Mozfest has ever seen. And as you may have seen from my experience wrangling the Build and Teach the Web track at last year’s Mozfest, it will also be a massive — and very inspiring — party.

Come and make with us by submitting an idea to the Call for Artists, Technologists + Curators by August 22, 2014. We welcome your craziest and most audacious dreams and brainstorms. In return, we’ll leave you with hands covered in electronic paint. Already excited for the creative moments yet to come.

#Mozfest 2013: Teaching and making a DIY web, together.

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A few weeks ago, after 6 months of planning and late-night Skype conversations, 2,100 technologists from 50 nations descended on the checkered monolith of Ravensbourne College along the Thames in London, facilitating 250 sessions, drinking 7,650 cups of coffee and spawning an infinite number of new ideas. Weeks later, I’m still reeling!

The reason for such a multicoloured flurry of activity around the e-globe, you ask? Mozfest, the world’s most “fiercely unconventional” 2-day open technology festival. Focused on learning, making and co-creation, Mozfest is the open web geek’s utopia, resulting each year in a vast and impressive list of insane new projects. This year was our biggest yet, with 12 themed tracks ranging from Open Privacy to Open Badges to Open Games. And this year, the equally insane Laura Hilliger and I decided to jump in and wrangle an entire floor of crazy at the event entitled Build and Teach the Web

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hello, i'm kat braybrooke. i am a maker and researcher whose work explores the socioeconomic tensions between [open] technologies, cultures and creativity - and the potentials for liberation in between. current projects include mozilla's webmaker initiative and open design + hardware. portfolio here.

UPCOMING TALKS + LECTURES:


+ GUEST LECTURE: UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
"art of the web #makerparty"
+ LIBRE GRAPHICS 2013 / 12 april / madrid
"keynote: the future of open design"
+ NEXTGEN WEB BROADBAND / 9 oct / london
"panel: transparency & inclusion"
+ CAMPUS PARTY / 23 august / berlin
"panel: role of women in EU politics"
+ FAB*MANCH / 19 may / manchester, uk
"the open design definition"
+ RE:PUBLICA / 2 may / berlin, germany
"hacking open data for communities"
+ FREE CITY / 26 april / tallinn, estonia
"open knowledge & OKFestival"
+ PUBLIC MEETUP / 6 april / thessaloniki
"open data and OKFN chapters"

PROJECTS, INITIATIVES, IDEAS


find my online portfolio and more details about the things i am working on at codekat.net.

MAKING, HACKING, i-TROLLING


in 2011, i published a postgraduate thesis in digital anthropology for UCL (university of london) about my ethnographic identity study of female F/LOSS hackers across europe. find it here.

DESIGNS, EMOJIS, DOGES


i also keep a jumbled assortment of design inspirations + web crazy on neon lobsters. comments, ideas, trolling? find me on twitter ;)