Open! is an Amsterdam-based publication platform that fosters and disseminates experimental knowledge on art, culture and the public domain. Open! explores the changing conditions of the public domain and new viewpoints on publicness from a variety of international and interdisciplinary perspectives. Open! addresses the commons and the community, ownership and power relationships, and it examines the consequences of current privatisation, mediatisation and globalisation processes on our social and artistic practices. Open! works with theorists, artists and designers who contribute to the creation of an experimental and critical body of thought. Open! is an independent organisation and the online continuation of Open. Cahier on Art & the Public Domain, the biannual print publication that existed from 2004–2012 and received support from SKOR | Foundation for Art & Public Domain in Amsterdam.

Since its launch in 2015, Open! offers a truly dynamic, discursive environment. It includes the almost complete contents of Open: Cahier on Art & the Public Domain (2004–2012) and everything that has been published since then. We request your patience, as we continue to revise and digitize the archived images and texts. The Open! archive is alive and well – indeed.

To optimize and enrich the online research and reading experiences, the new website allows the user to always retain a full overview of the volume of the archive, even while deeply immersed in the reading of an article. The content is presented next to three navigation columns that connect related pieces of texts via cross-links and hyperlinks, provide additional explanations via definitions and include footnotes and references to literature. The site can accommodate both desktop and tablet viewing experiences.

You can browse through our content by: Year, Content type, Theme and / or Tag; you can also use the Timeline interface, the search engine or find texts via Contributors. You can access the latest articles by simply clicking Newest and browse through these linearly with the previous / next button. Under Timeline, you can easily browse through the chapters of any article you are reading. If you still prefer reading in an analogue format, you can simply download texts as PDFs.


Stichting Open! 
Haarlemmermeerstraat 29-I
1058 JN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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DAI Art Praxis | ArtEZ (Open! COOP Academy)
PhDArts Leiden University, Leiden
Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Valiz, books and projects, Amsterdam
Lectorate for Art & Public Space, Amsterdam

DAI Art Praxis | ArtEZ (Open! COOP Academy)
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Commonist Aesthetics)

DAI, MA Art Praxis | ArtEZ (Open! COOP Academy)
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Commonist Aesthetics)
Lectorate for Art & Public Space, Amsterdam (Technology / Affect / Space #1)
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (Technology / Affect / Space #2)
PhDArts Leiden University, Leiden

DAIMA Art Praxis | ArtEZ (Open! COOP Academy) 
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Commonist Aesthetics) 
Stroom Den Haag (Culture of Control)
Lectorate for Art & Public Space, Amsterdam 
Lectorate Image in Context, Groningen
Lectorate Popular Culture, Sustainability and Innovation, Groningen
PhDArts Leiden University, Leiden


Jorinde Seijdel

Associate editor
Janine Armin

Editor book reviews section
Janine Armin

Editorial board
Pascal Gielen, Maaike Lauwaert, Sven Lütticken, Vesna Madzoski, Merijn Oudenampsen

Solange de Boer, Dirk Blikkendaal (treasurer), Joost de Bloois (secretary), Jorinde Seijdel (chair)

Copy editing / Proofreading
Janine Armin, Bart Plantenga

Image editor
Niels Schrader

Design / Code
Mind Design (Niels Schrader, MichaƂ Ejdys and Pascal de Man)

Ariane Seydel

Photography (cahiers)
Roel Backaert

Atlas Grotesk by Atelier Carvalho Bernau
Georgia by Matthew Carter

Financial support design website
Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Rotterdam


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