General Information :
STATION is a mobile copying station which - as it travels through
suburban spaces - supports the free distribution music and audio. It
is software as well as a local network. But above all BURN STATION is
a social event which congregates people together to listen, select and
copy net label and net radio audio files with a Copyleft Licence. BURN
STATION is an open source and a non-commercial project involving the
new means of free networked distribution. It is based on the BURN STATION
software which was developed by Platoniq and Rama as a 100% Free software.
BURN STATION aims to establish links between the media space and the
physical space of the city.
STATION is an open source, copyleft model project, an experiment
in practical gift economics aiming to reflect on the understandings,
sensibilities and entry of `Open Source' ideas into other social, cultural,
and artistic practices. The starting point is the development of a system
of distribution as a mobile self-service. This system
has been running and evolving throughout the first 2 on-going years
of Burn station actions by Platoniq. It is designed as a local data
base for audio that automatizes the process of selection, listening
and recording of files. The mobile distribution unit consists of 4 computers
connected to a local server. The system is managed by free software
which has been programmed for the project and is published and distributed
under the GNU GPL Licence.
THE TOUR : THE CITY AS A CO-OPERATIVE SYSTEM
From ‘Peer to Peer' to ‘Face to Face'
The setup is transported in a van and is maintained by the Platoniq
team. Other groups (music net-labels, producers, artists, activists…)
working on similar topics as the Platoniq team intervene as we met them
during the tour.
With “bringing netculture to the street” as its main
slogan, BURN STATION is both a practical and an investigative project
on involving new voices, media and practices in a discourse about the
use of public space and processes for public engagement. BURN STATION
aims to establish links between the media space and the physical space
of the city. The exchange in public space is often accompanied by free
concerts, actions, workshops, debates, chats and radio broadcasts streamed
and aired on local Fm and Internet.
KEY WORDS :
- Distribution, diffusion and exchange of free content.
- Social application of technology.
- Tactical Mobility.
- Techno culture as a new pop paradigm.
- From ‘Peer to Peer' to ‘Face to Face'.
- Mapping the digital culture from a local perspective.
- Free culture and self-organization.
- D.I.Y (Do It Yourself)
- Producing a piece of software released under an open license (including
a data base and a copy station) to share audiovisual contents.
- Exchanging and releasing free licenses and content between different
- Documenting the independent media culture scene.
- Studying the new underground cultural context of Eastern and Southern
Europe and latin america.
- Bringing the Internet in the streets.
- Making a network of different community groups that may share resources,
knowledge and even create common projects and activities.
The project has been supported by F30kms and AVAM