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Project :: DIY Conference

DIY Conference

Erwin Blom at DIY - the making of the #incu11 ebook
Incubate D.I.Y. Conference

The Incubate DIY Conference will take place on September 16, 2011 at Midi Theater Tilburg. The conference displays the development and ethics of DIY culture with lectures, interviews, film, panels and stands. Renowned speakers and artists within DIY culture, such as Michael Azerrad, Bill Drummond and Steve Ignorant will participate in the program. Through the Pay What You Want-principle, visitors can determine the value of the conference for themselves.

The DIY Conference is part of the extensive program of this years theme of Incubate Festival: We Are Incubate, a project around the artistic practice, curative strategies, Do-It-Yourself ethics and the new participative role of audiences in Independent Culture. The conference offers reflection on the comprehensive program of the festival and on the value of creation in society.

Our industrial society is changing to a networked society. The industrial society created an environment where goods and services were delivered to people, and a culture based on top-down decisions. The main goal was to define people’s wishes and needs and to deliver this to them. A symphony is being played for you, a exhibition curated for you. Art being done to people, instead of with them.

This movement is changing. Within the ethos of open source communities and from a DIY-perspective, people are used to cooperate. Everybody is constantly connected, without obvious hierarchy. Decisions are made bottom-up. Knowledge is created and shared within this cooperation.

Where does that leave DIY-ethics? And how do (cultural) organizations respond to this? Because a mixture of different value-judgements doesn’t automatically lead to a better value-proposition. How do artists, festivals, museums and other organizations respond to this and maybe even more important: what is the new, participative role of the audience within such processes? This project is about altered arts practices and about the changing perception on arts & culture within a changing society.

The program of the Incubate DIY Conference consists of:
- Michael Azerrad keynote speech, author of the book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991.
- Bill Drummond lecture and performance of The17, co-founder of late 1980s hit group The KLF and its 1990s "avant-art" media-manipulating successor, the K Foundation.
- Steve Ignorant Q&A with John Robb. Steve Ignorant is the frontman of legendary punk band Crass. BBC commentator John Robb will interview him on DIY and Crass'/Ignorant's ethics.
- The Dutch premiere of PressPausePlay. A film about Hope, Fear and Digital Culture. After the screening, we'll do a panel with (a.o.) the makers of the film, Arnold de Boer (Zea/The Ex) and hip-hop and electronica producer Daedelus.
- New York post-graffiti artist MOMO Q&A with Koen Delaere. MOMO is known for thoughtful urban-intervention in cities like New York, Barcelona, Toronto and Sao Paolo. Delaere will talk to him about the origins and ethics of his work.
- IndieGoGo's Slava Rubin crowdfunding presentation on DIY / DIWO Funding.
- DIY journalism & zines panel, with XLR8R, The Quietus, Wire, Gonzo (circus) and Terrorizer. The panel will be led by Atze de Vrieze (3voor12).
- The Generation Bass panel, focusing on the creation and sharing of non-western dance music and the value of this within the local communities.
- The DIY student debate.
- Incubate celebrates 20 years of Gonzo (circus). Come have a drink with us!

We want the event to be accessible for everyone. That’s why we choose to apply the Pay What You Want-pricing mechanism. This way, our visitors have the control to determine the value of the conference and the social topics involved.

For more detailed information on the program of the Incubate DIY Conference, see

Sorry, online ticket sales for the conference ended. Otherwise we might not receive the payment in time for the conference. You can still get tickets at the door on Friday September 16. We'd advise you to come early though! As always: first come, first serve. Of course, tickets at the door are also Pay What You Want.

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