Dan Paluska


How do you add value by giving stuff away? Edlab Residency
from the halls of knowledge to the world...

they look happy to be let out...

This Monday, I am starting a two month residency at Columbia Teacher’s College and their EdLab.
This is my statement of work and deliverables as snipped from the contract:

“How do you add value through sharing?,” will explore and develop new communication channels with the goal of identifying realizable steps that libraries can take toward providing free and open access to information. Relevant research will include the practical limitations of copyright laws and university policies and interviews with members of the Teachers College community. Your project will consist of experiments that will enhance our understanding of data flow and access to information in both the virtual and physical world. We are particularly interested in your solutions for the development and execution of realizable steps that libraries can take toward increasing access to their holdings. The resulting investigations and findings will be displayed physically in Gottesman Libraries, as well as online. You will document the project’s development process and outcomes online.

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Upcoming Show: The Odysseus Project: Finding Home. June 12 – 27, 2009
June 10, 2009, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I have a new video piece in this show. You can preview the piece at http://blip.tv/file/2201239.

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Show info:
The Odysseus Project: Finding Home
Work by artists focusing on issues of war and the experience of veterans returning home

Art @ 12 Farnsworth Street, June 12 – 27, 2009
M-F 11-6, Sat 11-4

ARTISTS
JEREMY STAINTHORP BERGREN, ETHAN BERRY, KAITLYN BOUCHER, NELSON CURRY, STUART DIAMOND, LAUREN GILLETTE, KEN HRUBY, AARON HUGHES, JO ISRAELSON, GABRIELLE KELLER, DEBORAH LAUGHLIN, JIM LOMMASSON, MARILYN NELSON, DAN OSTERMAN, JAMES O’NEIL, JON ORLANDO, DAN PALUSKA, JOSE SANTOS, ROBIN SHORES, BEVERLY SKY, CHRIS VONGSAWAT, CHRIS WATTS, COMBAT PAPER

EVENTS
Opening Reception
The Odysseus Project: Finding Home
Friday June 12, 2009 at Art @ 12 Farnsworth Street
5pm to 7pm

Artist Panel Discussion
with Ken Hruby, Associate Professor of Sculpture, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday June 18th at the Art @ 12 Farnsworth Street
7pm

Reading
In conjunction with the art exhibit, The Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences will host a reading by faculty of their 21st annual Writers Workshop, led by award winning poet Brian Turner Thursday June 25th at the PIERRE MENARD GALLERY, 10 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA
7pm

These events and exhibit are made possible by the Fort Point Artists Community and the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

For more information, visit: http://www.nervegarden.com/odysseusproject



the free market and the informational commons
June 8, 2009, 5:09 pm
Filed under: information, opensource

the free market and the informational commons

more on the ying and yang between capitalism and communism, the market and the commons, mutation and replication, etc.

where do we have something like a real free market in action today? the economy as a whole of any nation doesn’t really fit this mold but there are a few areas where a small market is very free. Youtube is an example. Anyone can upload, anyone can make it to the top. You can get a takedown notice so it’s not totally free. But lots of people make a living because of having a channel on youtube. How many is another question….

Linux is another example. Anyone can get it. Anyone can modify. Anyone can redistribute. It can be big or small, easy to use or really hard. Plenty of independent people can make their living off of this common resource.

Pizza, bicycles, the english language, and lots of other examples of common cultural knowledge that allows an individual to create a store of some sort. To take part in commerce on a small and independent scale.

This is as opposed to something owned like Coke or Pepsi. Plenty of people also make money off of Coke and Pepsi but a cut always goes back to the company, whereas in the above examples, there is no cut going back to a company.

Will we someday live in a world with no residuals on information? I currently believe this would be a major advantage to individuals, sustainability, the stability of the economy, etc. What would make me change my mind?