A Handbook for Coding Cultures provides a lasting companion to the inspiring projects and topical currents of thought explored in the Coding Cultures Symposium and Concept Lab. Six invited writers and groups from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Italy and Hong Kong share their experiences of building imaginative digital tools, social networks, open labs and internet-based knowledge platforms for communication and creativity. Complementing these commissioned texts are contributions from our guest artists from Canada, England and Jamaica. Artist statements from Symposium speakers completes this snapshot of contemporary cultural practice.

Keeping true to the traditions of the free circulation of knowledge and culture, the Coding Cultures Handbook is available free of charge. A limited print edition of the Handbook was launched at the Coding Cultures Symposium on 9 March 2007.

The complete Handbook can be viewed or downloaded below. Alternatively, essays can also be downloaded individually (see List of Contents below) and where available, a link to the Author's online essay is also provided.

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List of Contents :

Lisa Havilah (AUS) - Foreword - PDF - 32 KB)

David Cranswick (AUS) - Preface - (PDF - 44 KB)

Francesca da Rimini (AUS)
Introduction: Archipelagos of open code and free culture
(PDF - 88 KB)

Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett, Furtherfield (England)
Do It With Others (DIWO): contributory media in the Furtherfield Neighbourhood (PDF - 208 KB)

Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney, (Belgium)
Open ended processes, open space technologies and open laboratories (PDF - 208 KB)

Andrew Lowenthal, (AUS)
Free Beer vs Free Media (PDF - 64 KB) (HTML)

Leandro Fossá, (Brazil) in collaboraton with Claudio Prado (Brazil)
Digital Culture: The jump from the 19th to the 21st Century
(PDF - 720 KB)

Lam Oi Wan, (Hong Kong)
What is that Star? Media cultural action in the claiming of space
(PDF - 248 KB)

Agnese Trocchi (Italy)
Shivers of sharing (PDF - 364 KB)

Alice Angus and Giles Lane, Proboscis (UK)
Cultures of Listening (PDF - 504 KB)

mervin Jarman (Jamaica) in collaboration with Sonia Mills
mongrelstreet: the culture of codes (PDF - 488 KB)

Camille Turner (Canada)
Representing in Digital Space (PDF - 72 KB)

David S. Vadiveloo (AUS)
A time for empowerment or a new digital divide? (PDF - 44 KB)

Tallstoreez Productionz (AUS)
Returning the Gaze: the hero-project, how to join politics, youth empowerment and entertainment (PDF - 164 KB)

Christopher Saunders (AUS)
Big hART - a model for social and cultural change (PDF - 320 KB)

Lena Nahlous, Ben Hoh and Trey Thomas (aka MC Trey) (AUS)
A presentation about why ICE exists and how it works
(PDF - 136 KB)