The FREE?! project consisted of three interconnected parts:

1 A workshop to explore the concept of free culture at the heart of the whole project;

2 An extensive campaign leading up to the final event developed by and with students of the Graphic Design Department of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, for which a series of campaign proposals was developed by students, and two winning proposals, selected by the audience at a public pitch, were developed into full-fledged campains;

3 The final public event at the New Institute in Rotterdam on Friday 29 November 2013.

The concept free culture refers to all forms of cultural expressions that have been deliberately ‘freed’ by their legitimate authors from the limitations that current intellectual property law, such as copyright, impose on them. Free culture promotes the free distribution of works and tools to create the lowest threshold possible for the access and transformation of culture for an audience as broad as possible.
To do so, free culture operates as a nested territory, in which different forms of cooperation and collaboration establish working environments and modes of production that are based on sharing and exchanging knowledge. This requires a new approach to the production, financing, distribution, and appreciation of culture. It is in this particular context that FREE?! explores the potential and limits of this alternative.


Institute: WdKA, PZI Contributor: Aymeric Mansoux Colleborators: Kennisland, WORM, WdKA, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Culture Programme of the European Union, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie en Hello Mickey!