Queer Rocker (2012-2016) open source file, text, plywood, hardware. Photo by Martyna Szczesna.



APRIL 18 - APRIL 22, 2016



Gallery Talk with Caroline Woolard
Wednesday, April 20 @ 5:30 PM
Olive Tjaden Hall Galleries (First Floor)

Join artist Caroline Woolard for an informal gallery walk-through and conversation about her work. Woolard will briefly explain why she co-creates art, furniture, and institutions for the new economy and open the floor for discussion.

Rocker Critique with Caroline Woolard
Thursday, April 21 @ 10 AM
Olive Tjaden Hall Galleries (First Floor)

Join artist Caroline Woolard and the CCA for an informal critique and open conversation around the collaborative works throughout both galleries.

Friday, April 22 @ 4:30 PM

Roundtable Conversation with Medium Design Collective: The Socratic Method X Musical Chairs
Olive Tjaden Hall Experimental Gallery
This event will engage faculty and students from across Cornell's colleges and majors in a discussion about the role of empathy as a mediator of communication in interdisciplinary practices and collaborative making. The table created by the Medium team will serve as both a site for the conversation as well as a prototype supply chain, bringing together three students from different disciplines to collaborate remotely with Caroline on the design and production of the piece. 

Closing Reception
Friday, April 22 @ 5:30 PM
Olive Tjaden Hall Galleries (First Floor)
Following Medium Design Collective’s event, join the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) for a celebration of the closing of the exhibition, as well as the beginning of the 2016 CCA Biennial: Abject/Object Empathies.


An exhibition by artist and organizer Caroline Woolard, entitled, Free, Libre, Open Source Systems and Art (FLOSSA) will occupy both galleries of AAP's Olive Tjaden Hall in a special one week-long exhibition that transforms the gallery space into an active site of production, discourse and exchange.

Woolard will create a series of large sculptural objects with Cornell students in March 2016 which will be on display for the Free, Libre, Open Source Systems and Art (FLOSSA) exhibition in April. The co-created sculptures will then be exhibited this September 2016 as part of a larger, campus-wide exhibition.

In her 2012 “Proposal for a Free/Libre/Open Art,” Woolard suggests that freedom in art comes from the viewer’s freedom and provides four essential freedoms that a make a work of art free:

The freedom to use the art, for any purpose (freedom 0).

The freedom to study how the art works, and change it so it does your work as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the materials, tools, and documentation of the production process is a precondition for this.

The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the materials, tools, and documentation of the production process is a precondition for this.


Download and read  Caroline Woolard's “Proposal for a Free/Libre/Open Art” (published in Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, CAA, Special ISEA 2012 Machine Wilderness Edition).

Woolard's artworks reflect the conditions of their own production. As a founding member of BFAMFAPhD.com and resource-sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop, Woolard focuses on collaboration and cooperative exchange in her conceptual and productive processes, extending the viewer's understanding of authorship and arts practice in the 21st century.

Woolard has had a visible impact on current discussions around the value of art education in an age of exorbitant student debt, and has contributed to new models of socially-engaged art practice through her hosting of on-going programs with peer artists and non-artists that unite policy-makers, educators, curators, gallerists, laborers, housing developers, and government officials among others to expose the interdependent relationships necessary to sustaining a life as an artist.



Please email Mariko Azis, CCA Curatorial Staff, at cca_staff@cornell.edu with any questions or suggestions.


All art work shown by Caroline Woolard and other artists where noted.