This focus discussion explores the processes of subjectivation as field of resistance and power asymmetry. How can we organize movements of resistance to immaterial and material forms of biopower without necessarily becoming the other of power?
‘Free’ and ‘open’ – it sounds so idealistic and limitless. The so-called Open Culture has produced many alternative approaches in dealing with knowledge and information, but, on the other hand, the utopias of free access constantly breed confusion. This discussion focuses on the future agenda of the Free Culture movement and provides guidance for all those who are confused by too much ‘freedom’.
With software processes entering broadcasting culture, a young generation of hands-on thinkers and producers has become attracted to radio as a medium for community projects and artistic endeavours alike. This global panel of broadcast pioneers and radio artists looks at the unique qualities of radiophonic practice and explores the future of experimental transmission.
The new quality of live media and networks, that is, the hybridisation and increasing biologisation of communication technologies, create a biomedial environment in which the body no longer seems to be the basis of perception.
Tim Etchells (uk), Adrian Heathfield (uk)
In the context of an increasingly mobile culture, participants discuss key development processes and the paradigm of physical co-presence as a common space of mutual experience.
For some time now, an increasing conjecture of play and playfulness has been unfolding in media art and digital culture. Ludic Interfaces invites the public to partake in a playful and interactive discussion in which the meta-reflective potential of ludology for contemporary media art will be tested.
In this keynote conversation (Track 2) the philosophers Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Maurizio Lazzarato, investigate the new dimension of bioeconomy, that is the economy of life in the realm of digital networks.
We are currently witnessing an increasing biologisation of the media. Our action and reaction patterns in this environment of biomedia have sensory, tactile and emotional integration – computer and brain as a synthesis.
The participants in this debate on the one hand the impact of such processes on our biological and social body, and on the other hand, the kinds of artistic-experimental self-empowerment strategies such re-modelling has already brought about.
The decision of Hans Flesch to transmit recorded vinyl instead of live music on the radio sparked heated discussion among many of his famous contemporaries in 1930’s. In the 1950s, ‘liveness’ was discovered by the mass-media as an artistic material for an aesthetic of ‘Indetermancy’. In the 1960s, both Nam June Paik and Umberto Eco were devoted to the ‘liveness’ of television. “Today media-based live performances or online services (such as Second Life) mix ‘liveness’ with pre-generated and real-time elements. This gives the question ‘What is Live?’ a new relevance.”