[csaa-forum] Call for Postgraduate Applications: Geert Lovink Masterclass - The University of QLD, March 4-5

Fergus Grealy f.grealy at uq.edu.au
Tue Jan 12 11:28:57 CST 2010


A Masterclass with Professor Geert Lovink

Critique of Web 2.0: The Art and Politics of Internet Culture

Thursday March 4 and Friday March 5, 2010



The Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, UQ, in collaboration with
the ARC Cultural Research Network, is seeking applications from
postgraduates who wish to take part in a masterclass with Professor
Geert Lovink. This class will be limited to 15 participants who are
engaged in a programme of research relating to the theme of 'The Art and
Politics of Internet Culture'. Participants will be chosen based on a
competitive application process. The masterclass will include a
discussion of the work of Professor Geert Lovink, followed by
presentations from postgraduates in later stages of their candidature. 

Theme: The first wave of net.art in the 1990s experimented with
manually-written HTML code of the then brand new World Wide Web with the
aim to reverse and deconstruct the utopian communication design of the
dotcom era. A decade later, the so-called Web 2.0 is democratised,
corporatised, and even more controlled. Artists are no longer the
"antenna of the human race", as Ezra Pound once described it. Why is
this the case? New technologies are changing at such a fast pace, and
with such a fast and deep impact in society, that today's cultural
workers have great difficulties adapting the latest trends. Instead of
first adaptors, we can, at best, define ourselves as ordinary


In this master class, Professor Lovink will present the work of his
Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(www.networkcultures.org). He will show a number of videos and websites
and discuss projects that illustrate the inverse avant-garde thesis that
society is ahead of its activists and artists in terms of both creative
and subversive Web 2.0 use. How do artists, critics and creative workers
respond to the rise of blogs, social networking sites such as Facebook
and MySpace? How did artists lose their innovative competitive edge and
find themselves outsiders when it comes to the 'Twitter revolution'? How
we can re-invent, and redesign, spaces for creative intervention in
digital culture? What is at stake when we interact with social networks
on the internet who owns our searches and how do they manage us? How do
we curate the abundance of material that is now floating on the Net?
What does it mean in this context that we are more and more moving away
from an archive-focussed Web to a 'news river' that is happening in

Location: Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies Seminar Room, The
University of Queensland, Brisbane. 

Cost: The masterclass is free of charge to successful applicants, and
includes lunch and morning / afternoon teas. Participants travelling
from interstate may be eligible for travel and accommodation subsidies.

How to apply: Please send a short (two page) CV accompanied by a 300
word statement explaining your current research and how it links to the
masterclass theme. Applications must be received by Friday January 29,
2010. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday February 5, 2010.

Email applications and any questions to Fergus Grealy at crn at uq.edu.au
<mailto:jonathon.dale at unisa.edu.au>  

Geert Lovink, founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, is
a Dutch-Australian media theorist and critic. He holds a PhD from the
University of Melbourne and in 2003 was at the Centre for Critical and
Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. In 2004 Lovink was appointed
as Research Professor at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and Associate
Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He is the founder of internet
projects such as nettime and fibreculture. In Dark Fiber (2002) he
mapped the cultural politics of the exuberant dotcom years from 1993 to
2001. My First Recession (2003) covered the dotcom crash and further
investigated the social dynamics of online communities. The next
so-called Web 2.0 wave of blogs and social networking sites was dealt
with in The Principle of Notworking (2005). In 2005-06 he was a fellow
at the Wissenschaftskolleg - the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study
where he finished his third volume on critical internet culture, Zero
Comments (2007) in which a theory of blogging was developed.


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