lowtech access space
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In 1996 Sheffield arts group Redundant Technology Initiative financed their involvement with information communication technology with one simple decision: as a matter of policy they would only use technology that they could acquire for nothing.

Their next problem was to reanimate their growing stockpile of trash computers. Choosing Linux, the free operating system, enabled them to create exciting digital arts projects that drew in volunteers and attracted more donations of old equipment.

Redundant Technology Initiative has exhibited artworks across Europe, in venues as diverse as a cybersquat and an underground fortress, as well as in prestigious galleries like Tate Britain and Germany's ZKM. The group sees its exhibitions as part of a larger art process, in which the audience gets involved with recycling, participation and creativity.

In 2000 RTI opened "Access Space" the UK's first Free Media Lab - an open-access digital reuse centre where participants can learn, create and communicate online. Because the capital cost of the lab is next to nothing, the project is highly sustainable, and upgrades are free!