Artistic expression of Public Domain values?
- I wrote this letter to members of COMMUNIA http://www.communia-project.eu
the European Union's thematic network for the Public Domain. Do we know
who in Vienna, Austria or elsewhere might be interested in doing with us
such an art show of our dreams-in-life, as I describe below? Andrius
I share news about my recent work in the arts. I ask if other COMMUNIA
members might like to work together? Might we do that in a COMMUNIA
My laboratory, Minciu Sodas, is a business working in the Public Domain.
We encourage our participants to work for free, openly, in the Public
Domain, on their own projects, and we provide them with free service. We
help each other, get to know each other and then organize global teams for
paid work. Most recently we worked for a London advertising agency, The
Law Firm, on behalf of Mornflake cereal.
I want to develop an "economy of dreams", an internal economy where we
help each other. What are our dreams in life? Can we support each other
directly, instead of through money? Art is a helpful way of expressing
our dreams and integrating them. The Public Domain makes such integration
December is Human Rights Month. UNESCO is funding the Human Rights
Monitoring Institute (in Vilnius, Lithuania) to organize a series of
events. I'm leading one such event, an art project "May I dream?" at the
fourth floor of the shopping center at Gedimino 9, which recently was
dedicated as a "co-working hub". November 30 is the opening and for about
three weeks we'll be collecting people's dreams and creating artwork to
express them and integrate them. This includes life-size paintings of
"dreamers" flying about and participating in various scenarios. These
"dreamers" can be moved about and reorganized. Their faces can be removed
so people can show their own faces and make photographs. Adults and
children can add their own drawings. All the works will be stamped "My
creative work is everybody's treasure". Here are photos of the space and
We're already discussing how to extend and expand this exhibit. One
political party is interested to support this and I imagine that
businesses and other institutions might likewise. January 17-28 I and
others will be traveling to Vienna, Austria to participate in Franz
Nahrada's Grundtvig workshop on the use of video communications in the
rural areas, including the creation of content in the Public Domain. I'm
hoping that we might find a partner there with whom we might show part of
our exhibit and build it further and perhaps leave it there to travel
I invite COMMUNIA partners to consider, Would you like to join us?
Also, might the Istanbul or Torino meeting organizers like to include such
an art exhibit or link us with partners who might like to organize one
If there are other COMMUNIA partners who are interested, then perhaps we
could work through one of the working groups such as the Public Sector
working group (is it active?) or the Business working group (because of
the role that art can play in organizing an "economy of dreams" where we
help each other achieve our dreams directly).
Given interest, it would be great to organize a working group meeting in
Austria or Lithuania or elsewhere. One related output could be thinking
through (and illustrating) the various values that are relevant for a
thriving Public Domain, such as sharing, openness, sensitivity, good
judgment, respect, acknowledgment.
I'm writing from an EU Grundtvig (adult education) partnership meeting in
Tallinn, Estonia. Our group is working on a learning partnership proposal
on this topic "Adult Learning Starts With Dreaming" and it's going well,
so I'm encouraged. The Public Domain is key as we'll be organizing such
art exhibits in each of our countries and sharing works so that they
integrate, reintegrate and travel further. This is for all kinds of
creative people, whether "professionally trained artist" or "naive artist"
or child or adult.
I am very excited if others might be interested to work together!
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