N+R: Geert Lovink & Trebor Scholz @ The Thing

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Date/Time: 11/05/2003 12:00 am

A forum for visitors in the arts: making connections, supporting networks, setting up meetings
Nomads & Residents invites you to an afternoon of presentations by Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz
Sunday, May 11th, 4 PM
601 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
Tel: 212-937 0443
Email: info@thing.net
“Media Strategies for the Everyday”
Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion. Both are part of a group that collaborates on a collective weblog project DISCORDIA. Be prepared for a sneak preview.
Geert will talk about cheap consumer electronics and connectivity to the Internet is bringing a profound change in the ways in which (counter) information is being produced and distributed. ‘Tactical’ media makers switch from mainstream to underground, from analogue to digital and back, and practice a ‘hybrid’ strategy, mixing radio, video and text. Instead of just looking into technical possibilities, this lecture will go beyond functionality and will ask what happens once networks are in place and the tapes are rolling. What is the state-of-the-art of critical Internet culture?
Trebor will address current critical net art in relation to the current political moment. His web-based project “79 Days,” a networked hypermedia project is presented here in its English version (http://79days.net). Activated by the viewer the narrative thread of 79 Days links an extensive image database of media coverage of the Kosovo war with a live Google image search for current war reporting, and interviews with Kosovars and Serbs about their memories of the NATO bombing and the time since. Trebor also launched an open submission art activist e.card project that can be found at http://get-carded.net
Geert Lovink is a media theorist and Internet critic, based in Brisbane, Australia. He is the founder of numerous Internet projects such as the Nettime and Fibreculture mailing lists and co-organizer of conferences like Tulipomania and Next Five Minutes (Amsterdam) and Dark Markets (Vienna). The MIT Press recently published his writing on critical Internet culture ‘Dark Fiber’ and ‘Uncanny Networks,’ a collection of his interviews.
Trebor Scholz is an East Berlin-born Brooklyn-based cross-disciplinary artist and writer who links his political investments and artistic sensitivities with his commitment to emerging networked media. Past projects include “Carnival in the Eye of the Storm,” “Right2Fight,” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” A graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program Scholz is professor at the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo. He exhibits and lectures widely in the US and Europe. http://molodiez.org

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