Kyd Campbell (CA / DE)
Open source, DIY, Grassroots and the sharing of fundamental living knowledge.

Collective knowledge loss, such as forgetting to cook traditional meals or how to farm occurs repeatedly throughout history and globally. For example, in the western world's revolutionary 1960s and 70s a large number of artists worked alongside grassroots activists and scientists and developed countless sustainability tactics. When we neared the change of millennium, much of this sharing turned to an urgent survivalist mood and then finally subsided along with general hope for the future.

Today, looking at the large number of art projects promoting DIY and ecological knowledge exchange, one could assume we have regained a bit of vision of our futures. Many ideas are only now reappearing, again in their beginning phases.

How can we use the networking tools we have today, our own art practices and a practice of open source sharing to help maintain collective knowledge and share it globally? Alongside this, what are the problematics for the individual makers, artists, and activists in open information sharing and how can these problems be relieved? In our current age of communication ease, what role can open networks and open source knowledge exchange have for furthering fundamental knowledge exchange so that historical knowledge loss will not be repeated?

relevant links:
http://windowfarms.org
http://fungutopia.org
http://frontierlab.org

Kyd Campbell works as an independent curator, exhibition designer and researcher specialized in media and audio art and also as a digital creator of video and public interactive situations. She contributes to digital communities and research groups focused on observing mobility, network capacities and the emotional aspects of human-machine relationships. Remaining independent allows her some freedom to speculate and experiment, to welcome all forms of collaboration and information exchange.