Public Money = Public Culture
The film ALL CREATURES WELCOME sketches a utopian image of society in the digital era. Accompanied by the appeal to “use hacking as a mindset”, the viewers immerse themselves in a documentary adventure game together with the filmmaker and explore the world of digital communities at the events held by the Chaos Computer Club; a real- world reflection of the virtual spectrum.
That’s why we also want to break new ground when it comes to the issues of financing and distribution. Following a festival and cinema exploitation phase, ALL CREATURES WELCOME will be posted on the Internet and freely available under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA), tentatively at the end of the year. This only became possible in the first place by making do without state funding subject to film subsidy legislation or money provided by public-law broadcasting institutions.
The film was completely financed through crowdfunding in which approximately 1000 people and a considerable proportion of the VPN providers at www.ipredator.se were involved, all of whom are committed to free access to culture, knowledge and education. The subject matter and general direction of this film enabled it to be realized via alternative means and then consequently be made freely available – but not everyone manages to achieve this.
The time has come to launch a debate about the status that culture and knowledge have in a digital society and whether we want to leave the definition of digital space up to what are primarily business-oriented interests. What might new, future-capable problem-solving approaches toward disseminating and financing artistic and scientific work be? Shouldn’t public money be used to make these achievements accessible to everyone without any obstacles and barriers?