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::::'fibreinfrastructures: collaboration, affect, control'::::

MELBOURNE, SUNDAY 5 DECEMBER - MONDAY 6 DECEMBER

Conference Convenors: Esther Milne, Lisa Gye, Adrian Miles, Ned Rossiter

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Introduction

As we move from a media of interpretation and consumption towards one of configuration and participation what do we need to know and do to exist in these networks? How do we 'make' a network? What should it include? What should it exclude? What tools are needed? How are criticism, community and conversation enabled? How might content and control be distributed? Where and what is the 'work' in network?

FC invites members to participate in a workshop exploring these problems by developing a new Fibreculture web site. The aim of the
workshop is to discuss, debate and design the nitty gritty of online community, networks and cultures and to develop practical literacies in
making, managing and designing content. Participants will have 'hands on' experience in learning to use an Open Source Content Management System (see http://www.plone.org) to determine the features and content that the fc community wants from their network.

This workshop assumes no prior experience of content management systems, and allows participants as much design and content control as they wish. As well as developing participant's skills in a growing area of web publishing, the workshop will aim to stimulate critical
discussion about new modes of distributed authorship online. We are also running an open meeting about the governance of Fibreculture. We invite all interested list members to participate in a discussion about the institutional frameworks, systems of affect, and modes of articulation which regulate both the list and the network more generally.


Program

**Sunday 5 December**: FC WORKSHOP - RMIT Building 24, Level 2, Room 6 (LaTrobe Street, City)

10.00am: introduction & welcome from Fibreculture convenors

10.30: workshop begins

The workshop will begin with an open discussion about all the things that people wish a fc site could or would do. This will include a
general introduction to Plone and its capabilities. This list will be used by participants to identify those smaller tasks or projects with
which they would like to be involved. Small project teams will work on common areas of interest and develop content as appropriate.

For example, you may propose that the fc site should have an annotated bibliography. This might mean that a section of the site needs to be named, possibly some guidelines considered for how it could be managed, posting or authoring suggestions, design ideas or drafts, etc. The activities that will be done are open, and will complement what you already know (if you're a designer and want to design, then that's what you can do; if you want a blog, then you can start blogging, and so on).

12.30: LUNCH

1.30: workshop re-convenes

3.00: afternoon tea

5.00: Workshop ends: presentation of outcomes Work will not be finished, but by the end of the day a general shape for what should be on the fc site will be known, and the parts of the site will have started to be developed.

7.00pm: Drinks/Dinner @ Federation Square/ACMI


**Monday 6 December**: FC OPEN MEETING : Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, Research Building, AR103

9.30am: introduction, outline the form of meeting

10.30: presentation of position papers and discussion

1.00: finish with lunch

 

Call for Position Statements

The Open Meeting of Fibreculture is a chance to debate the institutional frameworks, systems of affect and modes of articulation which regulate the governance of distributed network culture.

We invite interested members of Fibreculture to contribute to the debate by posting short position statements. These will be collated by the
organisers and will form the basis of three panels focussed around the conference themes of infrastructure, collaboration, affect and control.

You do not need to be attending the meeting to contribute a statement. Indeed, we anticipate many of the issues will emerge from the list's
discussion of these position statements.

The panels will operate around three broad themes and participants are asked to nominate the panel best suited for their paper. The questions posed under these are provocations only: we welcome further interpretations of these themes:

****Models of Distributed Authorship****

How do networks manage IP?

What does collaboration mean in a networked environment?

Who takes responsibility for distributed culture?

****Organised Networks****

How should networks such as Fibreculture be organised?

What systems of governance operate in the network?

Is 'democracy' the most appropriate conceptual framework for understanding the network?

****Economies of Affect****

How is affect imagined, experienced, regulated and articulated in the network?

What cultural, subjective and institutional trajectories shape list culture?

How do we map the relation between intimacy and technology?


HOW TO SEND A POSITION STATEMENT TO THE LIST:

Length: 500 words max

Subject Line: POS followed by the panel title. Eg POS: Economies of Affect

Add your name/email address to the end and indicate whether you will be attending the open meeting.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

The conference organisers will liaise with posters about the structure of panels; posters may be asked to develop their statements if certain
discussion points need further clarification.

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