The first Creative Commons Audiovisual Festival in Colombia takes a fresh stance on art by encouraging artists, organizations and all other free thinkers to copy creative work.
According the festival’s creators, ideas cannot be owned, and the law shouldn’t try to protect them.
Creative Commons ensures that the festival, broadcast last week from Barranquilla and scheduled next week in Medellin, can be downloaded to “copy, remix, distribute, and project for free anywhere in the world.”
“Free culture is an opportunity to leverage the knowledge of art, academics, community, the ancient, the practical and the abstract … in short, all knowledge that can be useful, you can share, think and transform into other knowledge, to build subjectivities from areas of participation and exchange ideas,” explained Creative Commons.
“Creative Commons Audiovisual Festival is an opportunity to promote this kind of thinking through the image to reflect on how citizens can appropriate their problems and generate alternative solutions arising from the community innovation.”
The festival therefore has two purposes: to screen audiovisual artwork, and to generally promote the free circulation of creative work.
The Medellin program begins on Tuesday, October 18 and runs until Saturday, October 22. Venues across the city, such the Museum of Modern Art, will screen local films, including Medellin artist Francisco Cardenas’ “Impossible Man,” and international short films and documentaries by filmmakers from the USA, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, France and Spain.
The festival will also feature presentations about free culture, such as “Workshop: To play with copyrights and not die trying,” “Conversation: Brainstorm- Dynamics of production alternatives,” and “Talk: How creativity is limited by the law.”
For more information, visit the Creative Commons Audiovisual Festival event website.