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    August 28th, 2012BarryConference

    The Incubate DIY Conference 2012 will take place on Friday September 14 & 15 at De NWE Vorst in Tilburg. Besides providing a lot of kicks during the festival, Incubate also offers contemplation with our DIY Conference. Speakers include Simon Reynolds (Retromania), Mark Fisher (Capitalist Realism), Robert Levine (Free Ride), Chris Jones (The Guerilla Filmmakers Guide) and Damo Suzuki (ex-Can).

    The time schedule for these two days is available now and downloadable below as pdf. A more expansive explanation of the different talks, panels, masterclasses and presentations can be found here. if you want to be sure to get in during the conference, we would advise you to buy a ticket in pre-sale. Tickets are available on this page. We want the event to be accessible for everyone. That’s why we chose to make use of the Pay What You Want-pricing mechanism. This way, our visitors have the control to determine the value of the conference and the discussion involved.

    Download the full time schedule for the Incubate DIY Conference here. See you in September!

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    August 13th, 2012BarryConference

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    img class=” wp-image-1142″ title=”Hanny Sprangers – Madonna met lelie” src=”http://incubate-innovation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Hanny-Sprangers-Madonna-met-lelie-630×477.jpg” alt=”" width=”400″ height=”302″ /> One of the works for the Open Source Expo – by Hanny Sprangers

    With the additions of Robert Levine, author of Free Ride and Mark Fisher (Capitalist Realism) for the speakers program and masterclasses by the Center for Artistic Activism and Santiago Sierra, we now have the final additions for the program of the Incubate DIY Conference on September 14 and 15. Three additional panels have been confirmed, plus the exact program for ‘It’s The End of the Web As We Know It; Speakersprogram hosted by Freshheads’ is now also confirmed. Read about the confirmations below. Full program for the conference is here.

    Tickets for the DIY Conference are on sale as of now. If you want to be sure to get in on these days, we can only advise to get your ticket in pre-sale here. Tickets are Pay What You Want, so you can determine the value of the conference and program yourself. Here are the final panel-additions:

    The amateur vs. the professional: visual arts, Open Source and the curator’s role in 2012 (panel)
    The conventional structure of ‘gatekeepers’, who determine what the public gets to see seems to shift to that of synergy between the artists and their audience. With this idea Incubate organized the Open Source Expo. The concept is simple: artists apply with two to five artworks, the curator chooses one artwork and composes an exhibition with all these works. Everyone joins in, nobody gets excluded. Why would an artist send in work for free? Why would a professional artist want to exhibit their work next to an amateur? What is the role of the curator in an exhibition without a strict contextual framework?

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    August 8th, 2012BarryConference

    We’re very honored to have the Center for Artistic Activism (photo), Santiago Sierra and Christian Falsnaes within the visual arts program for Incubate 2012. They will also give masterclasses for professional artists during Incubate Festival:

    - Friday, September 14, 12:00 – 16:00: Masterclass Center for Artistic Activism at De NWE Vorst (during DIY Conference)
    - Saturday, September 15, 12:00 – 16:00: Masterclass Santiago Sierra at De NWE Vorst (during DIY Conference)
    - Thursday, September 13 & Friday, September 14, 12:00 – 16:00: Masterclass Christian Falsnaes at City Centre (Stadhuisplein)

    Masterclass Center for Artistic Activism
    Friday, September 14, 12:00 – 16:00: at De NWE Vorst (during DIY Conference)

    The Center for Artistic Activism is Steve Lambert and Stephen Duncombe. You might know Steve Lambert from ‘The New York Times Special Edition’, where he recreated an edition of NY Times, but containing only good news. Sociologist Stephen Dumcombe teaches the history and politics of media in New York.

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    August 6th, 2012BarryConference

    (Illustration: Wouter Medaer) On Friday, September 14, Mark Fisher will give a keynote during the Incubate DIY Conference. Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? and is a blogger under the name of k-punk. You can also find him on Twitter here. During his talk, he'll speak about the topics of his book. In Capitalist Realism, Fisher surveys the symptoms of our current cultural malaise. After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system. We live in a world in which we have been told, again and again, that There Is No Alternative. Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, he argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience, while even holding out the prospect of an antidote.

    As a preview for the conference, Mark Fisher wrote an exclusive article for the independent music & culture magazine Gonzo (circus). The article, called Time Wars is about our constant struggle with time, in relation with work, capitalism, our attention span and our relations and communications with others. The article appeared in Gonzo (circus) issue #110, but has now also been made available to read online. Click here for the English version, Dutch readers can read the translated version here. Make sure to attend Mark Fisher's keynote on the DIY Conference as well. Pay What You Want-tickets for the event are available here.

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    July 10th, 2012BarryConference

    For the first time the successful conference at Incubate festival will take place on two days. In Theater De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (The Netherlands), an extensive program about Do It Yourself culture will be hosted on Friday September 14th and Saturday September 15th. With the addition of Robert Levine (who was executive editor of entertainment magazine Billboard) and Mark Fisher (author of Capitalist Realism), besides speakers like Simon Reynolds and Roy Wilkinson, the speakers program has been completed. Tickets are already available and the visitor can name his or her own price.

    Robert Levine about culture and digital parasites
    Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” Levine has been covering pop culture, technology and the awkward dance between them for 15 years. He has been the executive editor of Billboard and has contributed to Wired, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, amongst others.

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    Simon Reynolds became famous for his books ‘Retromania’ and ‘Rip It Up and Start Again’, in which he reflects on contemporary pop culture. At Viagra canada without prescription the DIY Conference Reynolds will not rehash these widely discussed books but will speak about Do It Yourself within pop culture. This will be the first time that Reynolds speaks about this topic. Furthermore, author Mark Fisher will talk about an alternative for capitalism, Roy Wilkinson discusses the influence of bird spotting on music and the end of rock, Chis Jones explains everything about guerilla film making, based on low budget successes like Saw and The Blair Witch Project, and Damo Suzuki of the legendary krautrock band Can gets interviewed live during the conference. Jasper Visser will talk about the museum of the future and Annette Dölle of Keep It Clean Day will give an inspiring lecture about the organization of the biggest clean-up day The Netherlands has ever seen.

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    May 7th, 2012BarryConference

    On September 14, author and music critic Simon Reynolds will do a keynote speech on the topic of Do It Yourself in pop culture, looking at the history as well as current times and even to the future. Earlier this year, the author of a.o. Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania did an extensive interview for a profile in The Guardian with another heavyweight in music journalism: Greil Marcus, or, as Reynolds writes: widely considered the greatest living rock writer. Marcus wrote such classics as Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century and Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession.

    The lengthy talk, Reynolds talked to Marcus during the course an entire afternoon about his entire career, has now been made available as a transcript on The Los Angeles Review of Books. Greil talks about his childhood and his father, about how & when he started as a music writer and that his wife has 'an absolute bullshit detector'. An interesting part about his book Mystery Train: “[The book] grew out of my dropping out of graduate school in 1973 and realizing that I wasn't going to write my dissertation and deciding, “Well, I'll write a book about rock 'n' roll.” I wrote a book proposal and it wasn't a whole lot more than “I will answer all your questions about rock 'n' roll.” It was totally incoherent! But at the end of the book proposal it said that — after I had gone all over the map, and got totally lost probably — there would be a chapter consisting of five- to ten-page essays on a few performers, as a demonstration of how you could write in depth about specific performers. And of course that became the whole book, once I got the rest of the garbage out of my system. Mystery Train is a group of essays on a few performers who seemed to me linked, to be struggling with the same kind of storytelling challenge.”

    The full interview will be posted in four parts on the website of the LA Review of Books. Find

    Part 1 can be found here, part 2 is here.

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    October 24th, 2011BarryConference

    At the Incubate DIY conference 2011, English punk legend Steve Ignorant was interviewed by writer and BBC commentator John Robb. John Robb writes for The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent and will interview Ignorant about DIY, Crass’ and Ignorant’s aesthetic and his autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.

    In 1977 Ignorant co-founded, together with Penny Rimbaud, the anarcho-punk band Crass. With Crass, Steve Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the Do-it-yourself movement, and therefore a major influence on the punk movement. Crass was one of the first bands to arrange their own concerts and record sales without interference from the music industry and asked fans to make their own merchandise.

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    October 24th, 2011BarryConference

    The third videoof the DIY conference can be seen and it”s a presentation from Slava Rubin. He is the CEO and co-founder of IndieGoGo, a funding platform, which provides anyone with passion the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and fund creative, entrepreneurial, or cause campaigns. Their services has been used for over 35,000 campaigns and distributed millions of dollars in 200 countries, even millions of dollars every month! 2011 was a great year for IndieGoGo because online casinos they were named one of the partner companies for Startup America, President Obama”s initiative to stimulate entrepreneurship in America.

    Slava Rubin discussed topics like “Crowdfunding as Market Validation”, “The tips and tricks of raising money on the internet” and “how to fund your business, project, or cause” in his presentation. An interesting presentation filled with tips, tricks and full of DIY stimulance!

    Slava Rubin also gave a masterclass at the BKKC, Tilburg. You can watch it here.

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    October 24th, 2011BarryConference

    The DIY conference had the Dutch premiere of the PressPausePlay documentary, a film about hope, fear and digital culture. A while back we that the documentary was downloadable at their in two versions, the normal one and the interactive version. It has interviews with Moby, Seth Godin, Andrew Keen and Bill Drummond (who also gave a lecture and performance at the DIY conference).

    During the DIY conference we first showed the documentary and afterwards there was a panel. The members of the panel were Philip Marthinsen (producer of PressPausePlay), Dwight Witherspoon of Ericsson Sweden, who made the film possible, hip-hop and electronica producer Daedelus (a.o. Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Brainfeeder and Warp) and Arnold de Boer, since long the guy behind Zea and since two and a half years singer and guitarist in The Ex. The panel was moderated by Erwin Blom.

    The discussion involves the digital revolution of the last decade, which has unleashed unlimited creative opportunities. Main questions of this panel are: Does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature? Is it cultural democracy or medicrity? Watch the panel below and give us your opinion about it!

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    September 7th, 2011BarryConference

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    Michael Azerrad“s Our Band Could Be Your Life was issued ten years ago, and it”s an account of American indie- and underground bands mainly during the eighties. The bands described in the book (the likes of Black Flag, Minor Threat, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.) never really found mainstream success, but did have a very important role in the foundations of American indie rock.

    Next week, Michael Azerrad will share the insights he gained while writing the book in his keynote at the Incubate DIY Conference. We”ll also have (amongst others) the Dutch premiere of the documentary PressPausePlay, a film on hope, fear and digital culture, an interview with DIY- and punk legend Steve Ignorant and a lecture and performance by artist Bill Drummond. Check out the full program here. Tickets are Pay What You Want and are available here.

    The Village Voice has a great article on young, contemporary bands and the influence the book had on them. In

    the article, Dan Deacon (who did an amazing show at Incubate last year), Ted Leo and Wye Oak”s Jenn Wasner describe when they read the book and the effect it had on them. Here”s a great account Dan Deacon told The Village Voice:

    “I had $450 to my name and I used it to buy a 30 day bus ticket to finish the last 25 shows of the tour. That book kept me going through some really rough times and helped to keep me grounded. Every time I started to freak out about being alone in a part of the country I had never been–with no cell phone, no email, no credit card, no money and no ID–reading that book helped to remind me of pioneers of the scene and the shit they went through.”

    “I had pre-bought all my food for the tour to save money–one can or corn, one can of beans, two rice cakes and two servings of peanut butter for each day–and that”s what I lived on. I had to carry that shit on my back

    while lugging my 150 pounds of gear with me from bus station to bus station, and I did it with a smile on my face thinking about the rotten and moldy apples Black Flag, a band I had never even knowingly heard, ate while they were on tour. The book means a lot to me. I think if I hadn”t been reading that book when the car broke down I would of just taken a bus straight home and might not of toured again.”

    Read the full story here. We”ll see you next week at the DIY Conference!

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