ACTION SHARING by [epidemiC] crew
As it has evolved,
[epidemiC] has always believed that the risk of the system ”adminstering”
the aesthetics of art would be deeply harmful to the ethics fundamental to
working as an artist. Indeed, Beuys has already spoken out at length
against this – ”Artists are the most reactionary class. Classes don’t
really exist any more but artists are so reactionary that they almost form
a new class”. The question thus arises of how to continue as a ”virus” –
meaning no demobilization of an ethical sort – and lay the groundwork for
direct action involving widespread collective creativity. The answer is
AntiMafia, a social virus which has come about as a result of previous
ideas on source code aesthestics.
Within a shared area, you let me
take what I want and I let you take what you want: thus is peer-to-peer
philosophy so far. This technology is natural to the net and its impact on
the general social and economic system has always caused trouble with
matters related to copyright and property. If you let me take something
which is not yours but which is in your possession, I shall do likewise:
this is an inevitable process but is also considered to be outside the
law. What is new about it is that more and more people can give away
something which is not considered their property. In doing so, they
deprive themselves of nothing, they simply allow a copy or duplication to
be made. This availability produces ”wealth”. The more I give, the more
opportunities I have to take. The next step in this line of thought has
profoundly innovative implications for established rules concerning
”property” and ”legality”.
Castoriadis says: "For an
individual, making his own laws - when and where this is possible -
requires the ability and courage to stand up to all the conventions,
beliefs, fashions and bigheads that continue to maintain absurd notions on
the media, on public silence and so forth."
This drive towards
individual independence is growing in parallel with a drive towards social
independence. Individuals want their independence socially and
When two people exchange audio mp3 documents on the
net, they are saying in unison, ”this law preventing it is not mine”, and
hence are making a political statement.
[epidemiC] is now turning
its attention to how to coordinate and synchronize these emerging forms of
individual independence and turn them into social independence and
creativity. So far, equality has been created through the practice of file
sharing. To the question of whether that could lead to a sharing of
collective events – in other words action sharing – the anwer is:
AntiMafia enables coordination yet has no coordinators.
It enables synchronization yet has no timekeepers beating out the rhythm
from on high. It thus has no place for the classic figure of the
The events which AntiMafia generates
emerge from the community of participants (knots).
Each AntiMafia knot
acts fully independently, does not delegate and decides personally what is
right or not, what to take part in and what to dissent from. The
expression of personal ”law” of each knot (auto-nomos) leads to social
independence in which each individual feels – and so agrees with everyone
else – that the ”laws of society” are his own ”laws” as an individual.
AntiMafia favours a democratic process which avoids the surrender of
responsibility which comes when one delegates.
The more disagreement
coincides with one’s “own personal law” the more powerful it is. The rules
of society are the rules of the direct majority of individuals.