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The Production of Difference and Commensurability Between Regimes of Value in Open Source Cultural Production
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper 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. By an ethnographic exploration of two cases ofopen-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 generate values and relationships which trigger the move 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 romanticisation of the commons.

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Keyword [en]
open-source cultural production, commons, value, regimes of value, animation, Blender, Synfig, moral economies, cultural biographies, de-commodification
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27413OAI: diva2:844565
ICA 65th Annual Conference, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015
Available from: 2015-08-06 Created: 2015-05-10 Last updated: 2015-08-10Bibliographically approved

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