geert lovink

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intro’d to Geert here (data):

Céline (@krustelkram) tweeted at 3:11 AM on Tue, Jun 20, 2017:
Bodiless Brains or “How can we move from data to Dada?”

What’s collapsing right now is the imagination of a better life.

a nother way

How can we move from data to *Dada and become a twenty-first-century avant-garde, one that truly understands the technological imperative and shows that “we are the social in social media”?


Dada (/ˈdɑːdɑː/) or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century, with early centers in Zürich, Switzerland at the Cabaret Voltaire (circa 1916); New York Dadabegan circa 1915, and after 1920 Dada flourished in Paris. Developed in reaction to World War I, the Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works. ..Dadaist artists expressed their discontent with violence, war, and nationalism, and maintained political affinities with the radical left

How do we develop, and then scale up, critical concepts and bring together politics and aesthetics in a way that speaks to the online millions?

let’s try this: short bp

Let’s identify the hurdles, knowing that it’s time to act. We know that making fun of the petty world of xenophobes isn’t working. What can we do other than coming together? Can we expect anything from the designer as lone wolf? How do we organize this type of political labor? Do we need even more tools that bring us together? Have you already used Meetup, Diaspora, DemocracyOS, and Loomio? Do we perhaps need a collective dating site for political activism? How can we design, and then mobilize, a collective networked desire that unites us in a “deep diversity”? Is the promise of open, distributed networks going to do the job or are you look for strong ties—with consequences?

mech simple enough et al

It’s time to reread Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism (in which we find David Rousset’s famous quote:

Normal men do not know that everything is possible).


This means that the overall narrative will have to be robust (while “agile”).

ginorm small deep

Memes are designed to be jammed, yet the core message stays the same no matter how radically the meme is altered.

fractal thinking ness

We can also call this condensed semiotic unit a symbol, although the symbolic aspect of a meme often remains invisible.

We need to blast lasting holes in the self-evident infrastructure of the everyday

rev of everyday life.. instigating utopia everyday

In preparation for things to come, I asked a few people the perennial question: what is to be done?

We need to get to the heart of the matter, rather than attempting to deal with symptoms.

deep enough

The challenge is creating bubble-breaking memes

zoom dance

Your content has to be so obscure and mysterious that it’s not working as a propaganda tool anymore.

idio jargon

self talk as data

My understanding is that memes are sort of a vessel or coordinating point for organization, but without themes they are largely lacking in ideological value. They are like a vocabulary, and need to be animated and organized by an imperative or narrative

According to Franco Berardi, *we need a new rhythm of elaboration; we need to **slow down sequentiality, heal from acceleration, and find a new tempo of movement. This cannot be realized through further acceleration. Real-time communication already ruins our bodies, our minds.

*listen to the rhythm

**rapid prototyping to slow


2016 (haven’t listened to all yet)

9 min – what does it mean that all these services are so profile centric

11 min – almost impossible to leave fb.. social suicide.. this is the perception

12 min – i would love to move away from sm topic.. but going to be w us for quite some time

unless we leap.. for (blank)’s sake

30 min – i cannot think of the selfie w/o thinking of snowden.. a way of looking at it before and after snowden.. 1\ naive 2\ detail.. what is going on

34 min – why are we not discussing electricity today.. web being like that.. a utility of sorts..

43 min – everyone forced to constantly update.. hi.. i’m still here.. still publishing.. force that we all feel.. we have to somehow participate in this… selfie is part of the like economy… shift from link econ to like econ

44 min – douglas rushkoffs doc on the like generation

douglas..thought maybe site

45 min – other approaches looking at selfie as image.. formal rep.. imagination..

47 mni – selfie – mask – one and many id’s one and the same

find/follow Geert:

link twitter

media theorist/net critic


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Geert Lovink (born 1959, Amsterdam) is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, whose goals are to explore, document and feed the potential for socio-economical change of the new media field through events, publications and open dialogue. As theorist, activist and net critic, Lovink has made an effort in helping to shape the development of the web.

Lovink is a Research Professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and a Professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School. From 2004-2013 he was an Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Lovink earned his master’s degree in political science at the University of Amsterdam, holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland.

Since the early eighties, Lovink has been involved in a range of different projects and initiatives in the field of new media.

  • 1982 Member of Adilkno
  • 1989–94 Editor for the media art magazine Mediamatic
  • 1993 Co-founder of the support campaign for independent media in South-East Europe Press Now
  • 1994 Co-founder of the Amsterdam-based free community network Digital City (DDS)
  • 1995 Co-founder (together with Pit Schultz) of the international nettime circle
  • 1996–99 Public researcher at the Society for Old and New Media, De Waag
  • 1996 Coordinating projects and teaching once a year at the IMI mediaschool in Osaka/Japan
  • 2000 organizer of the Tulipomania Dotcom conference
  • 2000–08 Consultant/editor to the exchange program of Waag Society and Sarai New Media Centre (Delhi)
  • 2001 Co-founder of FibreCulture, a forum for Australian Internet research and culture
  • 2002 Co-organizer of Dark Markets, on new media and democracy in times of crisis in Vienna
  • 2003 Co-organizer of Uncertain States of Reportage in Delhi
  • 2004 Co-organizer (together with Trebor Scholz) of the conference on the art of (online) collaboration Free Cooperation at SUNY Buffalo
  • 2012 Co-organizer of Unlike Us, Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives in Amsterdam

On 31 May 2010 Geert Lovink took part in Quit Facebook Day and deleted his Facebook account

Geert Lovink was one of the key theorists behind the concept of tactical media – the use of media technologies as a tool for critical theory to become artistic practice. As an Internet activist, he describes tactical media as a “deliberately slippery term, a tool for creating ‘temporary consensus zones’ based on unexpected alliances.

temp consensus zones.. rather than public consensus.. nice

A temporary alliance of hackers, artists, critics, journalists and activists.” In essence, he believes that these new resources of which audiences could become participants in actions against higher powers became an area in which many different types of people could unite. Lovink also was a founder of such projects as “nettime“, “organised networks”, “virtual media” and more.

perhaps we have the tech capabilities (io dance ness) to redefine decision making..

and if we do.. perhaps we shouldn’t perpetuate efficiency of a mode/medium/means we no longer need.

perhaps we be brave enough to disengage from what’s irrelevant. from all the manufactured consent ness. perhaps we reimagine our broken feedback loop.

the ability we now have to find our people… with the short lag time we all crave..
perhaps we quit chasing the puck.. pleasing others.. assuming supposed to’s..

These are some of the projects Lovink is or has been involved with:

  • MoneyLab

made up money et al

  • Unlike Us, Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

a nother way

  • Critical Point of View (CPoV): Wikipedia Research Initiative
  • Urban Screens: The City as Interface

city sketch up

  • Society of the Query: stop searching, start questioning, on the dominant role of search engines in our culture

cure ios city

  • Video Vortex: on independent production and distribution of online video content
  • New Network Theory: on smart mobs
  • MyCreativity: on creative industries
  • The Art and Politics of Netporn
  • Incommunicado: on information technology for development
  • A Decade of Webdesign