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[nettime] The Death of the Avant-garde in the Attention Economy

[Sculptor Abdulrahman Katanani is one example of the fact that Arab artists are ‘already among us’ (Al Jazeera)] On nettime, Prem Chandavarkar wrote:

These are some speculations that have been bouncing around in my head for some time, particularly with reference to architecture — the discipline I practice — but perhaps having wider implications: Ever since the early stages of the modernist movement (since the second half of the 19th century) artistic innovation has been underpinned by the idea of the avant-garde.

The avant-garde are (to use a term from Thomas Kuhn) paradigm shifters. Their work consists of two facets that operate simultaneously. One is a deep critique of current paradigms of cultural production. And the other is production of artistic work that demonstrates a new paradigm and a new set of possibilities. Continue reading

Jan 15, 17:39
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GLI.TC/H 20111

GLI.TC/H 20111: An International Noise && (Dirty) New Media Event – Conference – Festival – Gathering — works by over 100 participants from more than a dozen countries taking place in virtual-space at and in real-space Continue reading

Nov 2, 13:20
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Media, Migration and Diaspora [nl Utrecht]

Digital Crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a Transnational Perspective :: June 28-30, 2012 :: Utrecht University, the Netherlands :: Call for Papers and Panel Proposals — Deadline: January 10, 2012. Continue reading

Oct 1, 20:15
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Mark Marino on Critical Code Studies

How Can We Understand Code as a “Critical Artifact”?: USC’s Mark Marino on Critical Code Studies (Part One), by Henry Jenkins:

The Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab opened this summer at the University of Southern California with the specific goal of developing the field and fostering discussion between the Humanities and Computer Science. Current members include USC faculty and students and a host of affiliated scholars from other institutions, including and international advisory board. The HaCCS Lab sponsored its first conference this summer and will be sponsoring other get togethers both on campus and online. Central to its mission is to develop common vocabularies, methodologies, and case-studies of CCS, while promoting publications in the field. Continue reading

Sep 22, 10:24
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Live Stage: A Little Less Conversation [nl Amsterdam]

A Little Less Conversation: A conference about exhibiting contemporary performance :: October 1, 2011; 1:30 – 4:30 pm :: de Appel arts centre, Auditorium, Temporary Stedelijk 2, Amsterdam :: Reservations required through reservations [at]

A Little Less Conversation will question, in an unusual and dynamic fashion, how contemporary performance art is exhibited. Ephemeral and immaterial in its nature, performance becomes tangible the moment it is exhibited, whether experienced live or through documents. Although it is first and foremost an art of the here and now, the widest access we have to a performance, paradoxically enough, is still based on objects and residual elements such as text, photography, audio or video. Continue reading

Sep 19, 16:15
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Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity

Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity by Sacha Kagan:

What is the cultural dimension of sustainability? This book offers a thought-provoking answer, with a theoretical synthesis on »cultures of sustainability«. Describing how modernity degenerated into a culture of unsustainability, to which the arts are contributing, Sacha Kagan engages us in a fundamental rethinking of our ways of knowing and seeing the world. We must learn not to be afraid of complexity, and to re-awaken a sensibility to patterns that connect. With an overview of ecological art over the past 40 years, and a discussion of art and social change, the book assesses the potential role of art in a much needed transformation process. Continue reading

Aug 30, 12:12
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Brian Holmes’ Post-Fordisms and Culture

Networked Cultures (2008)

Networked Cultures provides a filmic archive of practitioners from the fields of art, architecture, theory and activism talking about their work in the light of global cultural transformation. Continue reading

Aug 5, 20:43
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A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites

A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites: Papacharissi, Zizi (Editor), Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo (Introduction by), Routledge:

A Networked Self examines self presentation and social connection in the digital age. This collection brings together new theory and research on online social networks by leading scholars from a variety of disciplines. Topics addressed include self presentation, behavioral norms, patterns and routines, social impact, privacy, class/ gender/ race divides, taste cultures online, uses of social networking sites within organizations, activism, civic engagement, and political impact.

“The complex and sometimes contradictory phenomena of social media are among the most discussed aspects of digital culture today, and A Networked Self examines these phenomena through a variety of perspectives and approaches from sociology and communication theory. Continue reading

Jul 1, 11:45
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Live Stage: Brian Holmes [us NYC]

Post-Fordisms and Culture by Brian Holmes, moderated by Yates McKee — Part of Living as Form :: June 30, 2011; 6:30 – 8:00 pm :: The Cooper Union – Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY.

Brian Holmes is an American Born (California) theorist, writer and translator living in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he teaches an intensive summer seminar. He has worked with the French Graphics collective Ne Pas Plier (Do Not Bend) and the French cartography collective Bureau d’Etudes. Continue reading

Jun 28, 12:03
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