Monday, May 14, 2007

Institute of Network Cultures Newsletter

Institute of Network Cultures Newsletter

Upcoming events

Media Archive
All audio and video documentation from our past events and conferences is currently available at the INC Media Archive. The November 06 MyCreativity documentation includes Video On Demand and podcasts of all sessions, and a PDF version of the newspaper. Also check the archive for audiovisual material on Urban Screens 05, The Art and Politics of Netporn, Incommunicado 05 and A Decade of Webdesign, at

New Network Theory
On June 28-30 2007, the Institute of Network Cultures, Media Studies (University of Amsterdam) and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) will organize the New Network Theory conference. Please see for the full program and additional information. Registration for the conference has opened at Due to limited capacity of the venue, we kindly advise you to register shortly.

The New Network Theory discussion list has been set up in preparation of the conference. The list is meant for all those interested in the topic, and will possibly continue after the event in June 2007. To subscribe to the list, go to

Network Notebook nr.1
Network Notebooks is a series of publications on recent new media theory. INC proudly presents: Network Notebooks nr.1 by Rosalind Gill: Technobohemians or the new Cybertariat? New media work in Amsterdam a decade after the web. To order printed copies, please send an email to info (at) For more information and a freely available pdf of thye book, visit http://

About the publication
Accounts of new media working draw heavily on two polarised stereotypes, veering between techno-utopianism on the one hand, and a vision of web-workers as the new ‘precariat’, victims of neoliberal economic policies and moves to flexibilisation and insecurity on the other. Heralded from both perspectives as representing the brave new world of work what is striking is the absence of research on new media workers own experiences, particularly in a European context. This report goes beyond the contemporary myths of new media work, to explore how people working in the field experience the pleasures, pressures and challenges of working on the web. Illustrated throughout with quotations from interviews, this research examines the different career biographies emerging for content-producers in web-based industries, questions the relevance of existing education and training, and highlights the different ways in which people manage and negotiate freelancing, job insecurity, and keeping up to date in a fast-moving field where software and expectations change rapidly.

The research is based on 35 interviews, held in Amsterdam in 2005, and contextually draws upon a further 60 interviews with web designers in London and Brighton. The interviews were carried out by Danielle van Diemen and Rosalind Gill.

(C)lick Me: 2nd International Netporn Festival
On Saturday June 2, Paradiso will host (C)lick Me, organized by Paradiso, Katrien Jacobs, Matteo Pasquinelli and the Institute of Network Cultures. (C)lick Me is an international manifestation where scholars, artists, producers and critics join to discuss the social, political, ethnic and artistic aspects of internet pornography. The event will be divided into a day program, an evening with dinner and screenings, and a performance night. For additional information and the full program, see

Recalling RFID
September 20-21 2007, in collaboration with De Balie, Rob van Kranenburg and Oliver Leistert. Seminar and workshops on the social, cultural and political implications of RFID (radio frequency identification). Speakers include people from the industry, researchers, artists, and programmers. They will address questions such as: What happens to privacy? How safe is a tag? What is the role of the designer in a smart environment? And is there something like RFID etiquette? More information:

Urban Screens Manchester
October 11-12 2007, in collaboration with BBC Public Space Broadcasting, Cornerhouse Manchester, MDDA. The next Urban Screens Conference focuses on the development of
non-commercial content for big urban displays such as LED, LCD, plasma screens, media fa├žades and projections onto buildings. What characterises these huge displays as media platforms in urban space and which particular spatial and social situations do they create? How are they perceived? How does creative content flow from this? At the two-day international conference media experts, designers, artists, architects and broadcasters will present and explore the vast spectrum of potential content. Conference homepage:

Video Vortex
On November 30 and December 1 2007 the INC, in collaboration with Seth Keen and Vera Tollmann, will organize the Video Vortex Conference at PostCS 11 in Amsterdam. The Video Vortex conference aims to contextualize these latest developments through presenting continuities and discontinuities in the artistic, activist and mainstream perspective of the last few decades. Unlike the way online video presents itself as the latest and greatest, there are long threads to be woven into the history of visual art, cinema and documentary production. The rise of the database as the dominant form of storing and accessing cultural artifacts has a rich tradition that still needs to be explored. The evening program will feature live performances under the banner of video slamming. We will trace the history from short film to one-minute videos to the first experiments with streaming media and online video, along with exploring the way VJs and media artists are accessing and using online archives.
For additional information, see

Institute of Network Cultures
Amsterdam Media Research Centre

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