#rp20 Call for Participation: Topic “Music: <UN\FOLLOW Protocol>”

Copyright, infrastructure(s), algorithms and access to and in the music culture and industry—that's what our #rp20 topic "Music: <UN\FOLLOW Protocol>" is all about. Using the concept of "Protocol", we aim to analyze the effects of technological structures in music culture and industry and discuss potential courses of action.

Protocols serve to regulate and control processes—in advance, right now or retrospectively. The #rp20 topic "Music: <UN\FOLLOW Protocol>" questions those structures, interfaces and leeway with regard to music culture, the music industry and cultural policy. We're looking forward to your contributions to our Call for Participation—hand in your ideas  and become a part of re:publica 20!

Check out the following questions and aspects for inspiration:

  • Copyright: Is copyright in its current form a contemporary protocol for the protection and remuneration of music?
  • Distribution & Infrastructures: How is the streaming protocol currently organised and what does it mean for music culture?
  • DIY & Community: Do artists have to be solo entrepreneurs, simply because it is possible or because today's business protocol requires it?
  • Musical Collaborations & Terms of Use: Is the protocol for collaboration with groups of people who are structurally disadvantaged different from the protocol for people we meet at eye level?
  • Rhythm & Algorithm: Recommendation algorithms are protocols that mostly operate with historical data. Are we limiting ourselves and our creativity when we make decisions for our future music consumption based on historical data?
  • Protocol & Access: Which protocol really runs the doors of popular clubs?

Submit your talks, discussions, workshops or off-stage actions to the Call for Participation (CfP) until 15 December 2019, 11:59 pm (CET).

Check out this YouTube playlist “Music—Reality Check” for more inspiration.

Further information about our CfP can be found here.

The #rp20 topic “Music: <UN\FOLLOW Protocol>” is curated by Andrea Goetzke and Eric Eitel and presented by Music Pool Berlin.