Monday, November 05, 2012

Creative Commons and the Arts

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The Creative Commons within the Arts, round table discussion with Ele Carpenter (Embroidered Digital Commons), and Eileen Simpson & Ben White (Open Music Archive).

9 November | 5-7pm | Free to attend RVSP
Women’s Art Library
Women's Art Library/Make  Special Collections Reading Room,
Goldsmiths Library,
Goldsmiths University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6AF 
A roundtable discussion about the creative commons and the arts based on the projects Open Music Archive, initiated by artists Ben White & Eileen Simpson and the Embroidered Digital Commons (2007-2013).

Ele Carpenter is a curator, artist and writer, and lecturer in the MFA Curating program at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the facilitator of the 'Embroidered Digital Commons' an internationally distributed embroidery of the text 'A Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons' written by the Raqs Media Collective (2003).

Eileen Simpson and Ben White work at the intersection of art, music and information networks, and seek to challenge conventional mechanisms for the authorship, ownership and distribution of culture. Their ongoing project Open Music Archive is an initiative to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings and is a vehicle for collaborative projects exploring the material’s potential for reuse. Recent projects include include The Brilliant and the Dark at VBKÖ Vienna (2012) and The Women's Library London (2010), Song Division at Camden Arts Centre (2011), Struggle in Jerash at Gasworks London / Makan Amman (2010), Parallel Anthology at the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010), Free-to-air at ICA London (2008) and Cornerhouse Manchester (2007).

Interested in understanding and supporting feminist modes of production and circulation of artists’ practices that deal with issues around gender, this project marks the coming together of three important archives: the Women’s Art Library/Make, the Open Music Archive, and the AMIW Video Lounge. The programme combines a series of talks, workshops, round table discussions, and viewings hosted at Goldsmiths University of London over a three months period, and two music commissions to be premiered on the 16 November at Cafe OTO.

With: Miguel Bonneville, Genève Brossard, Ele Carpenter, Catarina Carneiro de Sousa, Hyun Jin Cho, Carla Cruz, Beatrice Dillon, Mónica Faria, Althea Greenan, Karen Gwyer, Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Risk Hazekamp, Nina Hoechtl, Anna Jonsson, Alex Martinis Roe, Cristina Mateus, Susana Mendes Silva, Sameiro Oliveira Martins, Lara Perry, Rita Rainho, Flávio Rodrigues, Eileen Simpson, Evelin Stermitz, Francesco Ventrella, Lenka Vráblíková, Ben White.

Exploring the different forms of distribution, promotion, and preservation performed by these archives that were once living networks, All My Independent Women 2012 searches for new modes of accountability and circulation within the arts that are based on dialogue with a potential for re-invention.


At Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University of London

27 September – 14 December | AMIW Video Lounge | Collection of video art by feminist artists belonging to All My Independent Women’s network

28 September 5-7pm | Practicing Sexual Difference | Workshop by Alex Martinis Roe

10 October 5-7pm | Archival Materials, Practices, Politics and Poetics | Workshop by Hyun Jin Cho and Nina Hoechtl

2 November 5-7pm | Feminist Curatorial Practices | Talk by Lara Perry and Francesco Ventrella

9 November 5-7pm | The Creative Commons within the Arts | Round table discussion with Ele Carpenter (Embroider Digital Commons), and Eileen Simpson & Ben White (Open Music Archive)

5 December 5-7pm | Re-engaging Archived Art Practices | Guided exploration of the Women’s Art Library and the Women’s Revolutions Per Minute archives by Althea Greenan and Mika Hayashi Ebbesen

Women’s Art Library/Make
Goldsmiths University of London
Special Collections Reading Room – Rutherford Building (Library)
New Cross, London, SE14 6AF
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm (Wednesdays until 7pm)

Cafe OTO
16 November 8pm | The Brilliant and the Dark – B Side Samples for Remix | An Open Music Archive Project | Performances by Karen Gwyer, Beatrice Dillon, and the Open Music Archive
Cafe OTO, 18 - 22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
Advance tickets available via

More information can be found at

All My Independent Women 2012 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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