my name is Alex.


PIIN Photography is a project of digitised analogue photography that I started in 2021. The collection includes a selection from the image archive of the last decade.  New photos are added monthly and I’m happy if you find images for your projects on my site. 

Yours in grainy goodness,
Alexander Hecht


Detailed Manifesto for Applying the Open-Source Principle in Art

1. Collective Creation as the Norm

The notion that art is merely the product of an individual is challenged in the open-source model. Here, a structure is provided that encourages collective creativity and reevaluates the role of the individual within a broader collaborative context.

2. Democratization of Art Ownership

The traditional model of museums and galleries acting as custodians of art is questioned. Instead, the viewing, interpretation, and even modification of artworks are made accessible to a broader audience, akin to the social structures in an open-source community.

3. Fluid Knowledge Capital

In line with anthropological principles of knowledge distribution, this movement advocates the idea that creative contents should not be monopolized. Rather, they should be considered as a commonly shared asset contributing to the expansion of collective intelligence.

4. Transparency of Method

Artistic practice gains significance by openly disclosing the processes and techniques involved. This transparency is reminiscent of documentation in open-source software development and promotes a deeper understanding of the artworks as well as possibilities for their further development.

5. Transformation as Creative Act

The open-source principle favors the modification, adaptation, and further development of existing works. In this context, creative “rearrangement” is recognized as a legitimate and essential element of artistic production.

6. Art as a Social Fabric

Beyond the material object or digital file, art in the open-source model is viewed as an interactive and communal endeavor. This aligns with the anthropological viewpoint that cultural products should always be understood within a social context.

7. Diverse Perspectives as Enrichment

In a decentralized model, diverse voices contribute to the complexity and richness of the artistic landscape. This diversity is not just an ethical necessity but also a mechanism for creative innovation.

8. Autonomy within Community

The open-source model reconciles individual autonomy with collective collaboration. Artists maintain their individual creativity but are embedded in a network of exchange and mutual support.

9. Sustainable Creative Practices

The principles of open source promote sustainability through reuse and further development. This stands in contrast to a capitalist art world, which often places uniqueness and exclusivity above all else.

10. Openness as a System

The movement for an open art practice aims to create an ecosystem free from hierarchical barriers. This ideal is inspired by open-source communities, where hierarchies are often defined by the quality of contributions rather than institutional power.

This manifesto serves as a structured yet flexible framework for the ongoing discussion and practice of art in the open-source model. It calls for critical examination of existing structures and active participation in a creative transformation.

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