Info: Wednesday 27 August 2014, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 120, London
On Wednesday 27 August 2014, I will give a presentation about my curatorial methodology based on the concept of networking digital communities, describing the experience of the reSource transmedial culture berlin in the context of the Royal Geography Society Annual Conference 2014, at the Imperial College London. The workshop, with the title “Spatialities of Co-Creation, Collaboration and Peer Production in the Digital Age: Creative Networks”, is organised by Penny Travlou (University of Edinburgh), Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett (Furtherfield).
This session looks at novel models of creativity in reference to collaborative practices, co-creation and peer production focusing on their spatiality within a transglobal and digitally-fused environment. Within this context, creativity is understood as a synergy of spaces, practices and artifacts, interlinked in such a manner that their singularity(-ies) form an assemblage. We can consider creativity, and subsequent knowledge formation, as forms of social interaction rather than the outcomes of social activities. Whilst we commonly perceive creativity as the product of the individual artist, or creative ensemble, from this perspective creativity can also be considered an emergent phenomenon of communities, driving change and facilitating individual or ensemble creativity. Creativity can be a performative activity released when engaged through and by a community. Creativity, thus, can be also regarded as an emergent property of relations, of communities. As James Leach (2004), the British anthropologist, suggests creativity can be proposed as a collective becoming where the creation of new things, and the ritualized forms of exchange enacted around them, function to “create” individuals and bind them in social groups, thus “creating” the community they inhabit and generate new places in the landscape.
Following this theoretical framework, this session looks at the spatiality of novel forms of creativity presenting examples of creative landscapes. The selected papers focus and reflect on one of the following issues:
NECS Graduate Workshop: Contemporary Perspectives on the City: Screen Media & Dwelling
JUNE 17-18, 2014, Palazzo del Canonica, Via Sant’Agnese 2 » Room SA.112 Frassati, Milan, IT
The contemporary city represents a new context of experimentation in terms of languages of communication, aesthetics and media consumption. The most immediate result is a new sense of place, fed and inspired by a massive presence of screen media. Sentient city and Screencity are just some of the most recent formulations attempting to tackle the emerging trends taking place in the contemporary urban environment. Intercepting the research of media studies, (media) architecture, (post-)cinema studies, aesthetics, semiotics of space and philosophy, the workshop invites to focus on the multifaceted perspectives on the contemporary city. Moving images are presented quite ubiquitously by means of diverse devices, such as media-façades, media-buildings, mobile screen media, smartphones, etc. In this sense, the city is to be intended both as a text itself and as the place of the embodied experience. This highlights on the one hand the need of critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies; on the other hand, the crucial role of the individual in his/her phenomenological dimension is underscored. Read more here.
Berlin is a city that changes constantly, and constantly remains the same. As the fictional city of Eutropia described by Italo Calvino in the Invisible Cities (1972), it can be considered as a multiple city that is ‘not one city but many, of equal size and not unlike one another.’ For many, Berlin is the city of flows, of the precariousness and the temporary. In her keynote presentation, Tatiana Bazzichelli will describe her activity as networker, curator and researcher during the past ten years in the city of Berlin. In her recent experiences as Postdoc Researcher at the Centre for Digital Culture, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and as curator at transmediale festival, she worked by converging interdisciplinary fluxes—artistic, mediatic, political, economical, bodily. By running the reSource transmedial culture berlin (the initiative of transmediale that happens throughout the year in the city of Berlin: www.transmediale.de/resource), she has brought artists, cultural producers and activists into a dialogue crossing different practices and languages: from radio stations to exhibition spaces, from music venues to queer parties, from independent cinema projects to open source cultural spaces. By reflecting on the glocal character of a city of flows, this presentation focuses on the modalities of networking as a ‘montage method,’ interlinking hybrid disciplines, spaces, media and practices—applying an intermedia perspective, as previously artists and cultural producers from the Fluxus tradition have done.
The 11th NECS Graduates Workshop is organized with the support of ScreencityLab.
With William Binney, Alexa O’Brien, Annie Machon, moderated by Diani Barreto
transmediale festival “afterglow” 2014 – Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Hashes to Ashes conference thread. Chair: Tatiana Bazzichelli
Whistle-blowing is the new civil disobedience of our time. Bruce Schneier
The recent disclosures made by whistle-blower Edward J. Snowden encompass some of the most severe threats to Human Rights and to democracy in the modern age. We are experiencing a “chill” in the fields of investigative reporting while witnessing an unholy alliance between government agencies, Internet service providers and the media, that have caused a rupture of confidence in the security industry as well as in our civic institutions. The Snowden affair has also shed light on how journalism is being perceived in our time and how information contained piggyslots.com/feature/5-reels in the leaks is being handled by the media outlets of the 4th Estate, which have traditionally served as the “gatekeepers” for public accountability.
This panel seeks to illustrate how the virtue ethics of cypherpunk, whistle-blowing and investigative journalism are evolving into a hybrid form of civic resistance against the predations of the State. It will discuss the ascendancy of an information commons, a so-called 5th Estate, as a network of networks, that can serve to complement, if not surpass the 4th Estate and how it can serve to effectuate political change.