2018 - Art Meets Radical Openness (#AMRO18)

Unmapping Infrastructures

AMRO - Art Meets Radical Openness 2016, Linz
Festival Dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture
Unmapping Infrastructures


The current issue “Unmapping Infrastructures” deals with the idea of “mapping” as a process of becoming aware and then acquiring a critical position about the current landscape of technological infrastructures.

This conglomerate of machines, human and non-human actors, nation-states and borderless companies is increasingly complex to observe and describe. Nevertheless, we believe that there is more to be seen than a hyper-commercialized structure of interlaced technological layers. Cartographic mapping consists of a series of practices of observing, analyzing and representing a territory to be able to move through it. How can art and activism appropriate the methods of cartographic mapping to produce new, critical and alternative views of the current landscape shaped by different players?

The festival aims at deepening the thematic areas of digital geopolitics, alternative design methods, activist practices and autonomous infrastructures, themes that offer directions for localizing areas of intervention. Throughout the festival, these topics will be further explored through discussion panels, workshops, and performances.

Abelardo Gil-Fournier, Adnan Hadzi, Alina Krobok / Sea-Watch e.V. – Zivile Seenotrettung von Flüchtenden, Alison Killing, Antti Pussinen, beepblip, BridA/Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica, César Escudero Andaluz, Christina Gruber, Christo Petkov, Cristina Cochior, Davide Bevilacqua, Emily Buzzo, Felipe Castelblanco, Fieke Jansen, Florian Voggeneder, Franc González, Franz Xaver, Giulia de Giovanelli, Hansi Raber, IOhannes m zmölnig, Jakub Pišek, Jens Vetter, Joana Chicau, Joana Moll, Julia del Río, Julia Nüßlein, Katalin Hausel, Marloes de Valk, Martín Nadal, Martina Schönbauer, Martina_K, Martino Morandi, Nicolas Maigret / DISNOVATION.ORG, Nicolas Zemke / Sea-Watch e.V. – Zivile Seenotrettung von Flüchtenden, Pablo DeSoto, Patrice Riemens, Roelof Roscam Abbing, Sabina Hyoju Ahn, Sam Bunn, States of Clay, Stefan Tiefengraber, Taro Knopp, The AMROgraphers / Art Education Department - University of Art and Design, Linz, TinTin Patrone, Us(c)hi Reiter, Varvara & Mar, Vuk Ćosić, Waiwai (Hiuwai Chan), Wolfgang Spahn, Yoshinari Nishiki.

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2016 - Art Meets Radical Openness (#AMRO16)


AMRO - Art Meets Radical Openness 2016, Linz
Festival Dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture

The four days lasting festival under the topic “Waste(d)!” was devoted to aspects of the conditions of our digital infosphere that are increasingly perceived as complex. The act of saving, deleting, or resurfacing data and information has taken on a life of its own, is monitored, monetized and waste valuable natural resources.

What is the cultural, social, philosophical, ecological, and economic significance of producing, saving, deleting, and resurfacing data?

Artists, hacktivists, cultural producers, journalists, F/LOSS developers, idealists, and others contributed to the edition of the festival within an exhibition, workshop, lectures and performances.

AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that probes and engages with new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics, and taking action.

Audrey Samson, Emilio Vavarella, Fabian Kühfuß, Fictilis, Ivar Veermäe, Joakim Blattmann, Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle (KairUs), Martin Reiche, Michael Wirthig, Michaela Lakova, Owen Mundy, Raphael Perret, Shu Lea Cheang, Simon Krenn, Matthias Urban, Times of Waste, Wolfgang Spahn

César Escudero Andaluz, Sabina Hyoju Ahn, Manetta Berends, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Alessio Chierico, Christina Cochior, Richie Cyngler, Vincenzo Estremo, Marina Gržinić, Adnan Hadzi,  Charles Céleste Hutchins, MissData & Israeli Pirates, Fieke Jansen, Joseph Knierzinger, Taro Knopp, Anne Laforet, Evan Light, Ling Luther,  Manu Luksch, Roman Lauko, Joana Moll, Daniel Neyland, Martín Nadal, Jakub Pišek, Anne Roth, Byron Rich, Matthew Rice, Aneta Stojnić, Felix Stalder, Malte Steiner, Przemyslaw Sanecki, Martina Schönbauer, Mary Tsang, Stefan Tiefengraber, Christian Voigt, Marloes de Valk, Ruben van de Ven

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2015 - Art Meets Radical Openness Research Lab

Behind the Smart World

For most of us consumers electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, printers or microwaves are a fundamental and indispensable parts of our daily lives. As a result of rapid growth and constant innovation the electronic industry is the world’s fastest growing industry. The “Internet of things” is increasingly adding electronic devices onto our shopping list. Devices that are adding up to a 24h surveillance system that are tracking every aspect of our life and are containers for private data. The life cycle of these products are considerably short and when they break we do not know how to fix them. When it is cheaper to buy a new one than to repair the old one we move on to a upgraded model. But where do these electronic devices go to die? Some of them end up in regulated e-waste centrals in Europe, yet lot of them are dumped illegally on electronic-wastelands in developing countries where they become a serious environmental threat. A privacy issue is that these devices still contain personal data that can be reanimated and abused when falling into wrong hands. In the ‘Behind the smart world’ – research lab we question what happens to our electronic waste? What environmental and privacy threats exists? And how can we become more responsible users of technology.

In 2014 KairUs visited the biggest e-waste dump in the world, Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana. There we bought 22 hard drives. As a hads-on part of this research lab we will try to reanimate the the hard drives and explore what kind of data traces are revealed of their prior owners.  We will also make a number of excursions and meet some experts to understand how electronic waste is taken care of in Austria.
In May we will organize a combined symposium and art-lab inviting experts to discuss the thematics of this research lab and to work with other artist to tell the story of the 22 hard drives.

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Organized in collaboration with
KairUs is an artist collaboration platform founded in 2010 by Linda Kronman and Andreas Zingerle. The platform takes interest in Human-Computer and Human-Human Interaction with a focus on media art and interactive storytelling. Through events like workshops, exhibitions, talks, presentations and guided tours KairUs invites people to participate and share opportune moments for art collaborations.

2014 - Art Meets Radical Openness (#AMRO14)

Autonomy (im)possible?

Date: 28.05 – 31.05.2014
Location: afo architekturforum oberösterreich

Uncovering new truths and making them public as a disruption and criticism of the dominant system has consequences.

Threat scenarios of the digital surveillance state inevitably have palpable effects on our lives and actions. Access to information, infrastructure and technology, which is especially important for activists in repressive regimes up to the present, has become a widely discussed issue since Snowden’s disclosures at the latest, because now a broad mass of people in democratically governed states see their “privacy” endangered. Independence, confidence and freedom are massively put to the test.

Artists, hacktivists, cultural producers, journalists, software developers and idealists, in short creative actors with a desire for change increasingly find themselves in uncertain territory. Which methods and alternative tools can be used to generate new views of everyday life, work, money, politics and the environment, and to instigate a new cultural practice, to impel civil society processes, without them being nipped in the bud?

How do creative actors contribute to the process of change and which new forms of cooperation do they enter into?
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Klau Kinki/ES; !Mediengruppe Bitnik/CH; Adnan Hadzi/CH/UK; Aleš Hieng, SLO; André Castro/ES; Andreas Zingerle/A; Anne Roth/DE; Dennis de Bel/NL; Roelof Roscam Abbing/NL; Dominik Leitner/A; Donna Metzlar/NL; Femke Snelting/NL; Franz Xaver/A; Heath Bunting/UK; Inari Wishiki/UK; Jakub Pišek/CZ; James Bridle/UK; James Stevens/UK; Jonathan Kemp/UK; Karlessi/IT; Konrad Becker/A; Larisa Blazic/SRB/UK; Linda Kronman/FIN/A; Lizvlx/A; Lonneke van der Velden/NL; Marc Garrett/UK; Marek Tuszynski/ Margarita Köhl/A; Martino Morandi/IT; Marie Polakova/CZ/A; Michael Schweiger/A; Nathaniel Tkacz; Niek Hilkmann/NL; Renfah/A; Robertina Šebjanič/SLO; Roelof Roscam Abbing/NL; Selena Savić/CH; Taro the cook/A; Tatiana Bazzichelli/IT; Valie Djordjevic/DE; Veronika Krenn/A; Vesela Mihaylova; Victor Diaz/ES; waiwai; Wolfgang Spahn/DE; Yoana Buzova/NL; Reni Hofmüller/A, Jogi Hofmüller/A; u.v.a

LiWoLi 2013 - canceled

As a result of a 43% funding cut by the Austrian federal government for, this years LiWoLi festival has had to be canceled.

With the great support and interest of the Art University, developed "LiWoLi - Art Meets Radical Openness" into a bustling art festival over the past five years.

Reaching the tipping point, where international attention for the festival became noticeable, - the main host - is surprised by a dramatic cut in funding and has to cancel the event for 2013. The future is uncertain, but of course we hope for LiWoLi 2014.

The LiWoLi festival has its roots in the successful Free Software Events from early 2000s, which had been held yearly by local linux user groups, supported by

As the success of Linux made that kind of events obsolete, -being an artist run data and competence center - re-created the event for artists and cultural producers while keeping focused on the spirit of the free software movements: Art meets radical openness.

Over the past five years over 300 active contributors, from all over the world, visited Linz for the purpose of sharing skills, code, visions and experience. Artists, developers and educators worked together and discussed the benefits and challenges of openness. This year we take the opportunity to rethink our exhausted structure caused by constant budget cuts. A common decision is to keep things alive and so of course we will work to make LiWoLi 2014 happen. We hope to meet you soon again!

Uschi Reiter for

2012 - Art meets radical openness (AMRO12)

swarm, perform, explore - How to sense the City?

Open Design by Christoph Haag

Wed, 23th of MAY

24-26 May 2012
LiWoLi is a community festival, open lab and annual meeting spot for artists, educators and developers using and creating Free Software (FLOSS), Open Hardware and Open Design in the artistic and cultural context. This event is all about sharing artistic skills, code and knowledge within the public domain and discussing the challenges of an open practice.

This year's edition had a special focus on artworks that can be created, performed or exhibited outdoors and in public space. Like every year, numerous activities such as lectures, workshops and audiovisual performances took place during the course of this three-day festival.

guests: open Design: Ronen Kadushin (IL/DE); Greg Saul (NZ/GB); Peter Kirn (USA/DE); Beste Nazilli (GB/DE); LiWoLi: Heath Bunting (GB/~); Eleanor Greenhalgh(GB/NL); Theremini Orchestra (SLO): Tina Dolinšek, Luka Frelih, Ida Hiršenfelder, Borut Savski, Saša Spačal, Robertina Šebjanič, Matic Urbanija, Dušan Zidar; Jakub Pisek (SK) & Roman Lauko (SK) & Erik Bartos (SK), Augsut Black (USA), Dmytri Kleiner (USSR/CAN/DE); Felix Stalder (CH/A), David Young (IRL/NL), Victor Mazon (ES/DE), Cimbalab (Chile): Constanza Piña Pardo (CHI), Claudia Gonzalez (CHI); EXPANDERR (A/~), Michael Schweiger (A); Awkward Family Photos: Orestis Plakias (GR), Niko Palamares(GR), Kyriakos Tsoukalas(GR), Linda Hilfling (DK/D); Malte Steiner (DE); Servando Barreiro (ES/DE); Mey Lean Kronemann (DE), Andreas Strauss (A/~); VALUG (A); Reinhard Gupfinger (A);

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LiWoLi 2011 - Art Meets Radical Openness

Observing, comparing, reflecting, imitating, testing, combining

12th - 14th of May 2011 LiWoLi is an open lab and meeting spot for artists, developers and educators using and creating FLOSS (free/libre open source software) and Open Hardware in the artistic and cultural context. LiWoLi is all about sharing skills, code and knowledge within the public domain and discussing the challenges of open practice. This year's event offers an exhibition, artists' workshops and – like every year – lectures, presentations and sound-performances. # Program # Exhibition # Speakers # Gallery # Videos

LiWoLi 2010

The Art of „doing it together“ (DIT)

With the development and the use of free and Open Source Software and Hardware the cultural practice of DIY (Do it yourself) emerges. DIY often means to those who practice it to see one’s self-believe and the own strength as a driving force for changes. LiWoLi raises the question of whether a practice of "doing it together" (DIT) might be a more successful formula for developing free tools (FLOSS tools) for art & culture, learning & teaching. This also implies examining the motivation of active producers and making room for the aspect of "unpaid work". # Program # Speakers # Gallery

LiWoLi 2009

"Art Meets Radical Openness" - hacklab for art and open source

23rd - 25th of April 2009 Liwoli 2009 is a three day long Hacklab and an open invitation to all who would like to discover more about and participate in an active process of learning, producing and sharing around the areas of Free/Libre Open Source Software. FLOSS-developers, artists and programmers such as the collective GOTO10 or activists from HAIP (Hack Act Interact Progress) and many others form the basis for the event and share their knowledge in the form of workshops, hacklabs, presentations, installations and performances. # Pogram # Speakers # Files # Organizers Doku-Video