The Dissolving Fortress, Jamie King


Jamie King ([email protected] ) is a writer and musician living and working in East London. He is Information Politics Editor at Mute Magazine ( and currently a Fellow of the University of Minnesota's Design Institute researching intellectual property and the politics of creativity. Jamie has recently completed a PhD studying the history of the Internet [], and is currently working on a novel. He is also a member of the Geneva03 collective ( who together have organised 2003's Live Stream from the G8 Summit and the WSIS? WE SEIZE! events around the World Summit On Information Society. Jamie writes and publishes extensively on the subjects of IP, communication and radical politics. He is a member of the infamous Free Audio collective ANTIFAMILY ( whose recent release Prima Luce is out soon on Difficult Fun Records.

Jamie King, London

“How the idea of the constituted western subject is breaking down under concerted network attack -- we are linked to others, our works are not separate from the others, all cultural production is inherently co-operative and now, for the first time in four hundred years or so, that is becoming clear again” – Jamie King

Jamie will also present London based MUTE Magazine Mute magazine was founded in 1994 to discuss the interrelationship of art and new technologies. Together with the web platform Metamute, it now contributes more broadly to debates on culture, politics and globalisation. In 2001, Mute initiated sister projects OpenMute and YouAreHere to share the internet tools and knowledge associated with its own development (OpenMute), and to support local networking initiatives in the East End of London (YouAreHere). At this point, Mute also committed itself over the longer term to a participative working model, the principles of open organisations, and free software.

Also, Jamie King held workshop in named "Shivers of sharing - SoS". What Is Shivers Of Sharing? Person to Person Sharing. With SoS, the idea is to meet up person to person, in a public place, bring the stuff we’ve got, and share it. There are a few good reasons for doing this. It’s good to meet people who like the stuff you like, as well as just share files with them.
Jamie King has 1/2 tera films + some infrastructure. Bring what you have, share media, digital give and take, bring hard disks, laptops, CD’s, DVD’s, USB’s. SoS is also efficient in terms of bandwidth. A 400mbit/sec firewire connection is a nice way to share files.

An Ad-Hoc Network
With all the bittorrent sites going up and down, it’s easy to see that P2P is going to stay contested for the next few years. No one can say for sure how things will turn out, though we could make a good bet. What will remain pretty much ungovernable, though, are the networks we create ourselves outside the ‘official’ internet structure. In London, people spent some time trying to do this with Wireless Free Networks, with the Consume network. SoS is basically a concept for small scale, temporary p2p, heterogenous networks with a focus on filesharing, networked distribution, new compensation models, new ways of sharing.