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What does Free and Open Source software (FLOSS) provide to artists and
designers – beyond just free alternatives to established tools from
Photoshop to Final Cut?

"FLOSS+Art" is the first book to answer this question. It shows how the
value of Free Software lies in its differences and creative challenges,
as opposed to out-of-the-box and off-the-shelf solutions; how it allows
to work and collaborate differently with computers, and therefore enable
different kinds of art and design.

The Internet – whose infrastructure is based on free software and open
standards – is an obvious example of such an adaptable, collaborative
artistic medium. "FLOSS+Art" also covers more traditional artistic
domains such as graphic and audiovisual design, and how they shift from
customer-centric to community-driven work.

FLOSS+Art critically reflects on the growing relationship between Free
Software philosophy, open content and digital art. It provides
first-hand insight into its social, political and economic myths and

With contributions by: Fabianne Balvedi, Florian Cramer, Sher Doruff,
Nancy Mauro Flude, Olga Goriunova, Dave Griffiths, Ross Harley, Martin
Howse, Shahee Ilyas, Ricardo Lafuente, Ivan Monroy Lopez, Thor
Magnusson, Alex McLean, Rob Myers, Alejandra Maria Perez Nuñez, Eleonora
Oreggia, oRx-qX, Julien Ottavi, Michael van Schaik, Femke Snelting,
Pedro Soler, Hans Christoph Steiner, Prodromos Tsiavos, Simon Yuill.

Compiled and edited by Aymeric Mansoux and Marloes de Valk.
With the support of the University of Huddersfield and the Willem de
Kooning Academy Rotterdam University.


FLOSS+Art is triple licensed GNU GPL, GNU FDL and Free Art License.
Rather than just providing a "free" PDF, FLOSS+Art.v1.1.eBook-GOTO10
is also available and contains all the Fonts, Images, PDF and Scribus
source files that were used to make the book.

Feel free to branch a translation or fork the chapters! 😉


On the 11th of February, 19:30-21:30 the book will officially be
launched with a public presentation in the Willem de Kooning Academy
Rotterdam, one of the sponsors of the publication. This event is
featured in the framework of the new research program "Communication in
a Digital Age" of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy
Rotterdam University.

The editors Aymeric Mansoux and Marloes de Valk will give an overall
presentation of the book, along with several of the contributing authors
who will briefly introduce into its more specific subjects and chapters.

Full program and details to be announced later, stay tuned!

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