Hyperpolis 3.0: Really Useful Media

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Date/Time: 20/10/2006 12:00 am

Hyperpolis 3.0: Really Useful Media
Conference and Celebration
October 19th and 20th of 2006
Blogging: around the table
Friday October 20th 11am to 2pm
Jodi Dean
Teaches political theory at Hobart-William Smith colleges and maintains jdeanicite.typepad.com
Geert Lovink
Media theorist and activist, University of Amsterdam
McKenzie Wark
Author of the Hacker Manifesto and teaches media studies at Lang College, the New School
Steven Shaviro
DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University
The Politics of Production
Friday October 20th 3pm to 6pm
Michael Liegl
Ethnographer, University of Munich
Eric Redlinger
Musician, network administrator, member of Share collective, New York-Montreal-San Diego-Wiesbaden
Michael J. Schumacher
Composer, performer, director of Diapason sound gallery, New York
Katherine Carl
Co-director, the School of Missing Studies, New York-Sarajevo
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.