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Opening the Field



What’s to come during the Open Field’s summer-long experiment? Join us for a social hour, followed by a chance to share ideas and pose questions about the cultural commons. What constitutes a community of shared ideas, artworks, and other resources? How do age-old ideas about the commons translate to today’s digital world? Guests for this conversation present ideas from an array of fields, including new media, philosophy, education, law, and history. Afterward, head outdoors for drinks and a “collective DJ” mixed playlist at the Open Lounge.

Speakers include:
Michael Edson is the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution and is leading an initiative called the Smithsonian Commons.

Sumanth Gopinath, musicologist interested in the intersections of race, ethnicity, music and the ringtone industry.

Jon Ippolito, artist, writer and curator interested in building and sustaining networks and breaking down hierarchical media and culture.

Laura Musacchio, landscape design educator and researcher interested in human-nature interactions in metropolitan, cultural and bioregional landscapes.

Caroline Woolard, artist and co-founder of OurGoods, a barter network for independent projects.