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At the intersection of commons and market: Negotiations of value in open-sourced cultural production
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies. Beckmans College of Design.
2015 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356X, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article explores the way in which producers of digital cultural commons use new production models based on openness and sharing to interact with and adapt to existing structures such as the capitalist market and the economies of public cultural funding. Through an ethnographic exploration of two cases of open-source animation film production – Gooseberry and Morevna, formed around the 3D graphics Blender and the 2D graphics Synfig communities – we explore how sharing and production of commons generates values and relationships which trigger the movement of producers, software and films between different fields of cultural production and different moral economies – those of the capitalist market, the institutions of public funding and the commons. Our theoretical approach expands the concept of ‘moral economies’ from critical political economy with ‘regimes of value’ from anthropological work on value production, which, we argue, is useful to overcome dichotomous representations of exploitation or romanticization of the commons.

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2015. 1-17 p.
Keyword [en]
animation, Blender, commons, cultural biographies, de-commodification, moral economies, open-source cultural production, regimes of value, Synfig, value
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Media and Communications
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Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28044DOI: 10.1177/1367877915598705OAI: diva2:844790
Swedish InstituteThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2015-08-09 Created: 2015-08-09 Last updated: 2015-09-03Bibliographically approved

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