OPEN SCORES. How to program the Commons

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This exhibition brings together 16 practices through which artists articulate their own forms of (digital) commons. From online archives, to digital tools/infrastructure and educational formats, the projects envision a (post-)digital culture in which notions of collaboration, free access to knowledge, sustainable use of shared resources and data privacy are central.

21 September 2019 – 12 October 2019 | Wed – Sat from 15:00 – 19:00 and for special events | Vernissage: Sat, 21 September 2019 from 20:00


This exhibtion is part of the SNF-funded research project “Creating Commons” and supported by the Institute for Contemporary Art Research, (IFCAR), Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK).

For the exhibition, artists have developed a SCORE relating to their practice. A SCORE can have different meanings: It can be a general instruction, a working instruction, a performance instruction or an operating instruction. In any case, it is meant to lead to a realization of an intended action and as such is an interface between a human actor and an object/material/machine. And a SCORE can also be linked to a technical HOWTO document, in that it contains information on how to perform a specific task.

Bitcore Momentum

Within the exhibition, the newly developed SCORES add an aesthetic layer while pointing to the socio/political impact of the presented projects. The exhibition will also feature the interviews conducted as part of the research project as well as a temporary library on the subject of digital commons. Furthermore, there will be a program of talks, screenings, and workshops.


Dušan Barok (, Marcell Mars & Tomislav Medak (, Sebastian Lütgert & Jan Gerber (, Sean Dockray (, Ruth Catlow & Marc Garrett (, Constant (Michael Murtaugh, Femke Snelting & Peter Westenberg), Laurence Rassel (, Stefanie Wuschitz (Mz* Baltazar’s Lab), Panayotis Antoniadis (, Mario Purakthofer (, Alessandro Ludovico ( KairUs Art+Research (Linda Kronman, Andreas Zingerle), Eva Weinmayr (, Kenneth Goldsmith (, Zeljko Blace (#QUEERingNETWORKing), Sakrowski (, Spideralex, Tactical Tech, Creating Commons, Alison Knowles.

Curated by Creating Commons (Shusha Niederberger, Cornelia Sollfrank, Felix Stalder)