What does Free and Open Source software (FLOSS) provide to artists and designers – beyond just free alternatives to established tools from Photoshop to Final Cut?

“FLOSS+Art” is the first book to answer this question. It shows how the value of Free Software lies in its differences and creative challenges, as opposed to out-of-the-box and off-the-shelf solutions; how it allows to work and collaborate differently with computers, and therefore enable different kinds of art and design.

The Internet – whose infrastructure is based on free software and open standards – is an obvious example of such an adaptable, collaborative artistic medium. “FLOSS+Art” also covers more traditional artistic domains such as graphic and audiovisual design, and how they shift from customer-centric to community-driven work. FLOSS+Art critically reflects on the growing relationship between Free Software philosophy, open content and digital art. It provides first-hand insight into its social, political and economic myths and realities.

With contributions by: Fabianne Balvedi, Florian Cramer, Sher Doruff, Nancy Mauro Flude, Olga Goriunova, Dave Griffiths, Ross Harley, Martin Howse, Shahee Ilyas, Ricardo Lafuente, Ivan Monroy Lopez, Thor Magnusson, Alex McLean, Rob Myers, Alejandra Maria Perez Nuñez, Eleonora Oreggia, oRx-qX, Julien Ottavi, Michael van Schaik, Femke Snelting, Pedro Soler, Hans Christoph Steiner, Prodromos Tsiavos, Simon Yuill.

Compiled and edited by Aymeric Mansoux and Marloes de Valk. With the support of the University of Huddersfield and the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University.





FLOSS+Art is triple licensed GNU GPL, GNU FDL and Free Art License. Rather than just providing a “free” PDF, FLOSS+Art.v1.1.eBook-GOTO10 is also available and contains all the Fonts, Images, PDF and Scribus source files that were used to make the book.


Feel free to branch a translation or fork the chapters! 😉


On the 11th of February, 19:30-21:30 the book will officially be launched with a public presentation in the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, one of the sponsors of the publication. This event is featured in the framework of the new research program “Communication in a Digital Age” of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University.

The editors Aymeric Mansoux and Marloes de Valk will give an overall presentation of the book, along with several of the contributing authors who will briefly introduce into its more specific subjects and chapters.

Full program and details to be announced later, stay tuned!



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