What are the OXcars
Above all, the OXcars are a question of attitude, a way of being in the world.
The kind of attitude that recognises the fact that things have changed through the efforts of all the pioneers who have spent years proposing a new paradigm for the production and diffusion of knowledge and those who defend it as a right, and thanks to the natural way in which society is using new technology. As well as defending this right.
The idea of the OXcars is puting the spotlight on this situation, and breaks some of the taboos surrounding it. To act as a bridge between all of the hard background work and the general public who don’t always get to find out about it. And to do it using all available channels, even the mainstream.
This is our job, it’s what we do. Create tools for empowerment. This is our contribution to the movement in general, which is made possible by the mix of different perspectives – “nerd”, legal defence, software development, blogs, everyday creative work, platforms for action – and different habits and attitudes that come together to cultivate this philosophy and to share it so that it can grow bigger and bigger and continue to belong to everyone – to those who invent it and those who discover it.
We work from a strategic belief that there is a need to draw attention to these practices, and give them value within society. The OXcars make an effort to include very different realities side by side, because we think it is important t it recognises talent and the contributions of each individual. Only then can we provide a dense response, one that comes in so many forms and is so ubiquitous that it is beyond the reach of any attack.
The OXcars are another experience of collective creation that began with a network of people with similar ideas who have been working together for some time. They emerge from our everyday practices, in which we see how fundamental rights are under threat every day. They emerge as a practical tool, as a way to claim seven urgent measures reflected in the charter for innovation, creativity and access to knowledge, citizens’ and artists’ rights in the digital age.
The OXcars involved the following inputs and tried to make them reach people’s minds and imaginations:
The ironic definition of the OXcars as “The first non-competitive awards in the history of culture” drew attention to the fact that applying competitive criteria to the cultural sphere distorts its very essence. By highlighting different aspects of artistic creation, the “gala ceremony” shows that culture exists thanks to all of these complementary approaches that exist side by side.
Infinite ways of doing things
With the participation of over 100 projects, the OXcars reaffirm that there are infinite possible ways to build a shared culture.
It is a great show. Right now, it is possible to produce high-quality culture without the involvement of the cultural industry, and to reach as many or more people as you would if you were working inside the industry.
Dismantling of myths
The way sampling works in the dj culture shows that copying is natural. Digital information is the memory of our time.
They say it protects artists, but it’s repression
The OXcars gala wanted to show that, just like in other periods in history, new research developments for the benefit of the community are being held back by powerful lobby groups that defend their own interests. It’s important to keep in mind that these defamatory and repressive practices aren’t a historical exception (we don’t have to wait centuries to realise they are an aberration!). Copyright is usually used as the “weapon” of digital inquisition. The inquisition persecuted main discoveries, as the printing press, that allowed people to think on their own because they put in danger it’s monopoly over “truth”. The legislation of the copyright and the defense tooth and nail over it in no more than the digital inquisition.
There is no reason to fear
Cultural industry lobbies instil fear in hearts and minds through threats that they create by distorting morality and the law. There is no reason. The legitimacy of these lobbies is a bluff. It must be known. Because calling their bluff empowers people, at the OXcars we disobey glamorously. It must be done. (Note: the tools for legal disobedience that were launched at the OXcars are available on the x.net web page so that they can be use and spread). note: the tools for legal disobedience that were launched at the OXcars are available on the Xnet web page so that they can be use and spread.
Another philosophy of authorship
The net produces a culture for and by the net. The net thanks thoe who dedicate their time and knowledge to creating online phenomena that produce a new shared culture in which each person’s talent is appreciated and acknowledged within the total sum of shared talent.
We request lost profit for everything that has been stolen from the public domain, with a grand karaoke symphony.
A non-profit event
People tend to confuse free, open culture and free-of-charge culture. Seeing as we live in a capitalist society whether we like it or not, we believe that it is not strategically smart to go with the pauperist idea that creators of free culture can’t make a living from their work, if they choose to do so. This is why everybody who participats in or worked to put together the OXcars receives fair compensation, like any “artisan” who gets paid for his or her work. We don’t need to wait until capitalism is overthrown in order for shared culture to work. The groups or organisations that are part of Xnet receive public funding or are funded through membership fees. The OXcars were a non-profit event because all funds were invested in it, and no surplus value was generated. The current financial crisis has shown that we are living in a system in which we are all supposed to protect the interests of the banks and the big multinationals, in the hope that one day they’ll let us work for them in return for the crumbs of their profits. The philosophy of free culture, inherited from the free software movement, is the best empirical proof that a new kind of ethics and a new way of doing businesevidens are possible. It has already created an operational new form of production based on crafts or trades, where the author-producer doesn’t lose control of production and doesn’t need the mediation of big monopolies. And based on autonomous initiative in solidarity with others, on exchange according to each person’s abilities and opportunities, on the democratisation of knowledge, education and the means of production and on a fair distribution of earnings according to the work carried out. In times of crisis, creativity is the answer… The OXcars, something you can trust.
The OXcars, it’s evident
We’ve reach a consensus of points and concrete demands which to question constantly, from all the different fields, the powers that be. These points are the continuation of the work from where the OXcars, on july 2008, emerged. Fondational manifesto of the OXcars, greed breaks the sack, July 2008.