Cyber Utopias - Touring Programme
Monday, 6 May 2002, 6 pm
C3 Center for Culture and Communication,
Budapest, 1014 Budapest, Országház u. 9
The international Cyber Utopias conference is part of a
larger series of events in Zagreb organised by Multimedia
Institute mi2 and Goethe Institute, Zagreb.
In an attempt to expand and strengthen network activity
and collaboration within the region, a concise version of
Cyber Utopias is to be toured in cooperation with C3 in
Budapest and with Idea Foundation in Cluj - currently establishing
the first independent new media center in Romania.
At the focus of the touring program is the introduction
of “a.network” - of emergent new media centers in South/Central
Europe, and the ‘immaterial’ production and exchange panel
of the Cyber Utopias conference, which focuses on the economic
and political implications of forms of intellectual production
that are specific to new technologies, from creative, open
source software development to socially progressive mailing
lists promoting the free flow of information (open source
intelligence), including the creation of shared web environments.
Presenting in Budapest are: Ricardo Dominguez, Sebastian
Luetgert, Joanne Richardson, Felix Stalder and McKenzie
Ricardo Dominguez Co-founder
of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), the group that
developed Virtual-Sit In technologies in 1998 in solidarity
with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is
Senior Editor of The Thing (bbs.thing.net). He is a former
member of Critical Art Ensemble (1987 to 1994), the originators
of the theory of Electronic Civil Disobedience). He recently
presented a 12 hour streaming media net.performance with
Coco Fusco, entitled "Dolores from 10h to 22h"
from Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, in Helsinki
2002. Ricardo was a Fake_Fakeshop Worker from 1997 to 2000
a hybrid performance group, that was one of the first net.art
projects presented at the Whitney Biennial 2000. Dominguez
has collaborated on a number of international net_art projects:
among them are Dollspace, produced with Francesca da Rimini
and the Somatic_Architecture Project with Diane Ludin (http://www.thing.net/~diane),
he is also an OS_slave for i_drunners (a Mistresses of Technology
Project) - (http://www.idrunners.net).
He has also collaborated with Jennifer and Kevin Mccoy (http://www.airworld.net)
on a number of projects, and participated in "The Warhol
Hijack" with the Verbal group(NYC). Ricardo is also
founding member of nettime latino (nettime.org).
He presented EDT's SWARM action at Ars Electronica's InfoWar
Festival in 1998 (Linz, Austria). His first digital zapatismo
project took place in 1996 - 97, a three month RealVideo/Audio
network project: The Zapatista/Port Action at (MIT) with
Ron Rocco. His essays have appeared at Ctheory (http://www.ctheory.org)
and in "Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas,"
(Routledge, 2000), edited by Coco Fusco. He edited EDT's
forthcoming book "Hacktivism: network_art_activism",
(Autonomedia Press, 2002).
Sebastian Luetgert · Co-moderator
of nettime, member of and mikro and bootlab, founder of
and project Gnutenberg, and "Last tuesday", where
people can "exchange mp3 files, beta-test new viruses
from Asia or vote for the most stupid new dot-com brand."
Author of "Introduction to a true history of the Internet"
and other publications on the contradictions of the network
society and the cult of new technology.
Joanne Richardson · Philosopher,
film and media theorist and freelance organizer working
and living between Croatia, Hungary and Romania for past
two years. Co-organizer of ASU2 and co-founder with Zeljko
Blace of “a.network.” Managing editor & designer of
a webzine with contributions from artists, activists, philosophers,
and organizers of autonomous spaces. Author of Twilight
of the Idols, and essays on sovereign media, experimental
film and video, net.art and activism.
Felix Stalder Post-doctoral
fellow with the Surveillance Project, a transdisciplinary
research initiative in Kingston, Canada. Director of Openflows
a project in participatory media and "open source intelligence."
Author of numerous publications on media studies, political
economy, and the social, political, and economic dynamics
of new communication technologies.
McKenzie Wark Co-moderator
of nettime and co-editor of the Nettime anthology Readme!
Author several books including, Virtual Geography, The Virtual
Republic, Celebrities, Culture and Cyberspace, and most
recently A Hacker Manifesto, which can be found online (http://www.feelergauge.com
With Brad Miller, he co-produced the multimedia work Planet
of Noise. Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature at