Mittwoch, 2. Mai 2012

Mail-exchange Boaz Kaizman - Richard Stallman



„The idea of this project is to replace the regular exhibition space by an internet based platform conducting the exhibition 71Gedichte. The technical challenge is to keep all the benefits of the real life exhibition space  and gain the advantages of the internet. These media art works are made for the internet mainly using internet material. They are accessible for everyone and for free.“


From: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Date: 31 May 2011 16:03:51 GMT+02:00
To: rms@gnu.org
Bcc: boaz kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: a request

Dear Mr. Stallman

I would first like to express my true admiration for you and for your way to work out your ideas. I am an Israeli video artist born in 1962 in Tel Aviv. I live and work for many years in Cologne/Germany. I am not a computer expert but I very often use the computer for my art work. I am going to start an internet project (see concept attached) - a video exhibition on real time that will take place only in the internet. This exhibition and it's artworks will be free for everyone and anyone could participate at the opening and at the exhibition without needing to register. With this project I wish to find out wether the internet can be a platform showing video art. 
Attached you can find my concept for this project and an information text about some of my videos.
With this mail I would like to inform you about my project and I will be very happy to hear your opinion about it.

Yours sincerely,
Boaz Kaizman

P.S. Please give me a sign that you have received my mail.



From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Date: 1 Jun 2011 17:12:59 GMT+02:00
To: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: Re: a request
Reply-To: rms@gnu.org

It is certainly possible to distribute video on the Internet, so I
guess the project is feasible.  I'm hardly competent to discuss the
idea in artistic terms.  But there are a couple of pertinent points I
can mention.

* Most Internet video distribution is done in formats that are
obstacles to users' freedom, one way or another.  For instance,
Flash, RealPlayer, MPEG2, MPEG4.  Some of these formats are
secret, some are patented.

If you don't want your exhibit to be a force against free software,
please use Webm or Ogg Theora.  Those are the formats that don't work
against freedom.

* The term "cloud computing" is marketing confusion.
See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html.
Can you possibly avoid granting it any legitimacy?

--
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
USA
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
Use free telephony http://directory.fsf.org/category/tel/


From: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Date: 6 Jun 2011 10:09:47 GMT+02:00
To: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Bcc: boaz kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: Re: a request

many thanks - it is wonderful to see something is working.
I am glad you mentioned users' freedom, this is also why I have contacted you.

I do not only mean to distribute videos on the internet - but having an exhibition's opening and later a 6 weeks long exhibition on the internet.

"cloud computing" - I did not find a better term to describe what I wish to do; to take use of existing platforms. For example, Facebook for showing the videos and for communicating, exploiting Google and Youtube for archiving the opening and the exhibition, and more.  The only software to be needed will be a Web-browser. Anyone will have the permission to use, copy, and/or distribute the artworks.

Therefore I contacted you - finding ideas and support realizing this idea following the ideas of  the free software movement.
Again, many thanks and sorry if I again have used  wrong terms,
Boaz Kaizman 


From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Date: 7 Jun 2011 01:55:10 GMT+02:00
To: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: Re: a request
Reply-To: rms@gnu.org

   "cloud computing" - I did not find a better term to describe what I wish =
   to do; to take use of existing platforms. For example, Facebook for =
   showing the videos and for communicating, exploiting Google and You Tube =
   for archiving the opening, the exhibition and more.

* These various services raise various different issues, which is why
using one term to talk about all of them is misleading.

For instance, you should not use Facebook to show video.  Not ever.
It uses Flash -- only!

However, YouTube provides the option of Webm format, which is friendly
to free software.  So use YouTube for that.

When you say "use Facebook for communicating", does that mean your
exhibit would push people to use Facebook?  I hope not, because that
is a very bad practice.  It would exclude me, for instance; I don't
have a facebook account as a matter of principle.  On stallman.org
you will find a button, "Not f'd", and a section which explains the
bad things about facebook.

   Therefore I contacted you - finding ideas and support realizing this idea following the ideas of the free software movement.

* The general idea of the free software movement is that you deserve to
should control your own computing.  If you do your computing in
someone else's server, you lose control of it, so that is a bad way.
See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/who-does-that-server-really-serve.html.

--
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
USA
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
Use free telephony http://directory.fsf.org/category/tel/


From: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Date: 4 Mar 2012 10:24:18 GMT+01:00
To: rms@gnu.org
Subject: Re: a request

Dear Mr. Stallman,

last May I wrote you about my wish to create an online video exhibition and asked for your advise. I thank you again for your answer.
Please have a look at the exhibition's preview / testing phase. This exhibition will start March 28th, 2012 and then will be accessible for everyone.
  
I will be very glad hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Boaz Kaizman


From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Date: 12 Mar 2012 09:46:58 GMT+01:00
To: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: Re: a request
Reply-To: rms@gnu.org

   last May I wrote to you about my wish to create an online video
   exhibition and asked for your advise. I thank you again for your
   answer.  Please have a look at the exhibition's preview / testing
   phase. This exhibition will start March 28th, 2012 and then will
   be accessible for everyone.

* It is not easy for me to do this. I will try to find a chance.


--
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
USA
www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
Use free telephony http://directory.fsf.org/category/tel/

From: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Date: 20 Apr 2012 10:59:23 GMT+02:00
To: rms@gnu.org
Subject: Re: a request

Dear Dr Richard Stallman,
I am very happy to inform you that the pilot project - the online-video exhibition is going well. Even more than I expected.

I was inspired by your personal page mainly by the strong and simple link between a word and its function. http://stallman.org/

Now people ask me - where could you find your profit, if you, as an artist,  give your work for free and for every one? I answer them that I have no idea yet.
What would you answer them?

Yours sincerely,
Boaz Kaizman


From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Date: 20 Apr 2012 22:41:45 GMT+02:00
To: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: Re: a request
Reply-To: rms@gnu.org

   Now people ask me - where could you find your profit, if you, as
   an artist, give your work for free and for every one?

* I smell a straw man.  I do not say artists (or programmers) should
"give" their work "for free".

I advocate certain freedoms for users.  In the case of art, I say that
people should _be free_ to share copies.  Sharing means
noncommercially redistributing exact copies.

I think it is fine for artists to sell copies, sell tickets to
performances, sell fan merchandise, as well as ask for donations.
Many musicians are already succeeding this way.  Meanwhile, I think it
is fine for painters to sell their paintings, which is what they have
done for a long time.

--
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
USA
www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call

From: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Date: 24 Apr 2012 14:30:29 GMT+02:00
To: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Subject: Re: a request

Dear Mr. Stallman,

many thanks for replying and for your answer!
May I quote your answers?
would be very thankful.

Yours sincerely,
Boaz Kaizman

From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
Date: 25 Apr 2012 11:45:13 GMT+02:00
To: Boaz Kaizman <kaizman@t-online.de>
Subject: Re: a request
Reply-To: rms@gnu.org

   May I quote your answers?

* Ok.

--
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
USA
www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call



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