Hyperpolis 3.0: Really Useful Media

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Date/Time: 19/10/2006 12:00 am

Hyperpolis 3.0: Really Useful Media
Conference and Celebration
October 19th and 20th of 2006
The Production of Politics
Thursday October 19th 11am to 2pm
Richard Rogers
Director, govcom.org, University of Amsterdam
Tom Keenan
Director, the Human Rights Project, Bard College
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Co-editor, Old Media New Media, Brown University
Juha Uitto
Senior Evaluation Advisor, United Nations Development Program
Karen J. Hall
Humanities postdoctoral fellow, Syracuse University
Atopia (Jane Harrison and David Turnbull)
Urban research and design office, New York
The Art of Work in the Age of Post-production
Thursday October 19th 3pm to 6pm
Rev. Luke Murphy
Artist, VP of Technology, MTV Networks
Greg Van Alstyne
Senior research associate, Beal Centre for Strategic Creativity, Ontario College of Art & Design
Ruth Ron
Architect and new media artist, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida
We know too much
about media communications technologies as instruments of social control.
We don’t know enough
about media technologies as instruments of civil society and cultural development.
We know too much
about media discourses as, on the one hand, “popular culture”: alienated and commodified cultural forms; and on the other, “cultural theory”: paranoid cosmologies of hyper-rhetoric, and the ubiquitous inevitability of evil…
We don’t know enough
about digital media as something other than a means to an end, as “instrumental culture”, where culture itself —mainstream, alternative, underground, or otherwise— is degraded to the status of tools (some hard, some soft, all ware).
Hyperpolis: Really Useful Media
will provide a forum for the discussion and presentation of some positive contributions to the field, in light of these chronic imbalances.
1 Media practices whose product is an improvement in the integrity and vitality of the culture and society in which they are embedded.
2 Media practices whose processes are in and of themselves desirable.