beyond technology - ASU2, Project Report
author Zeljko Blace with co-authors: Joanne Richardson, Teodor
Celakoski, Nenad Romic, Manu Luksch, M icz Flor, ASU participants
Increasing mediations of art and widespread commercialisation
of net space, have proven to be essential for culture workers
to become the curators of their own production and the distributors
of their own desires.
The Art Servers Unlimited, held in London in July 1998, was an
international meeting of non-commercial Web projects. ASU (http://asu.sil.at/)
sought to formulate an analysis of the experimental/non-commercial/critical
use of the net, and to promote the sharing of knowledge, skills,
bandwidth, hardware, alternative software.
In the context of the recent trend towards unconditional commercialisation
of Croatian net space, it has become increasingly important to
organize ASU2 in Croatia.
Organized by LABinary (http://www.LABinary.org/) and partners
in Slovenia (http://www.ljudmila.org/) and Bosnia&Herzegovina
(http://www.pro.ba/). Projects involved in ASU2 have proven to
be important for the emergence and development of internet specific
structures, organizational forms, hybrid-hyper-media and network
Net.radio stations founded by enthusiasts work on international
level via internet using it to produce and exchange programmes.
Collectives have started their own community based news/media
and highly profiled Web portals established by the content creators
evolve as juxtapoints, unreachable to mainstream portals.
Combination of workshop and festival form, meeting projects from
the non-commercial Web productions : net.art, alternative technologies
& independent media.