Last fall in Amsterdam took place the second Economies of the Commons Economies of the Commons Paying the cost of making things free – conference. In the panels they discussed the political economy of open content and its consequences for the cultural sector and analyzed critically the economies taking place in the “digital commons.. In that context Jaromil e Marco Sachy introduced their project Dyndy.net, an online lab providing “Tools, practices and experiences for the conceptualization, development and deployment of currency”, following the ethics of the Free Software Movement and Transition town. Their main aim is to improve the self-organization of wealthy communities avoiding the centralized structures of the bank-debt monopoly and to experimenting alternative banking systems and local currencies. Continua su Digicult in italiano/ Continue on Digicult in english
(segue in italiano) It’s been quiet on Openwear blog recently as we’ve been really busy working on our platform, surviving the hot peaks of euro summer, and also because some of us had the chance to visit Bangkok and take a deeper look on what’s going on in the creative sector in Thailand. Thanx to our thai friends studying in Milan and some good connections Michel Bauwens gently provided us, we were able to meet and discuss with different interesting people keeping the creative scene alive in the city. From the institutionalized and western inspired structure of the TDCD, founded in 2005 with the aim of monitoring and fostering the relationships between creative projects and businesses, to the sprawling activity of the biggest market of Bangkok Jatujak or the shops of Siam Square satisfying the need of self expression at low prices, Thai fashion has given us a lot of interesting highlights to framework Openwear model in the right direction.
(segue in italiano) Julian Roberts is a british fashion designer is the inventor of a garment pattern cutting method called ‘Subtraction Cutting’ and goes around the world on tour to demonstrate his technique. He became Professor at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) in July 2004 at the age of 33 becoming the youngest professor in the UK and now lectures at MA Mixed Media Textile at the Royal College of Art in London. Subtraction Cutting is about designing with patterns, rather than creating patterns for designs and its basic premise is that the patterns cut do not represent the garments outward shape, but rather the negative spaces within the garment that make them hollow. I interviewed him some days ago to discover a bit more about his approach and explore his point of view on some other topics. Here’s the first part of the interview. Zoe Romano – How would you describe Subtraction Cutting to someone who doesn’t know much