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Institute of Network Cultures News

The Institute of Network Cultures wishes you a great summer! We are  
closed from the 26th of July and back on the 16th of August.

In this newsletter you can read more about:

- 2nd Video Vortex Reader
- Culture Vortex, public participation in online collections
- Conference the Economies of Open Content | 10 till 12 November
- Society of the Query weblog expands into a collaborative venture
- Conference CPOV Wikipedia Research Initiative in Leipzig | 25 – 26  
- Web Aesthetics: How Digital Media Affect Culture and Society, by  
Vito Campanelli
- Video Vortex Conference in Amsterdam | 11 – 12 March 2011
- Conference E-Publishing | May/June 2011
- Create-IT applied research centre


Second Video Vortex Reader
Following the success of the first Video Vortex Reader, The Institute  
of Network Cultures is buzzing with activity preparing for the second  
Video Vortex Reader, a publication dedicated to examining significant  
issues that are surfacing around the production and distribution of  
online video content. An open call for contributions went out in early  
March, with selections being made early June. Currently we are drawing  
together other inspiring authors to add insightful contributions to  
the reader and thinking through the organization of the texts, with  
works by scholars, artists and curators.

Sub-topics and themes: video activism, ethics and politics of online  
video, curatorial environments, artistic practice with online video,  
open video, open content and open source, online video and aesthetics,  
online video in asia, and video art, institutional collections and  
online access. Expect another creative, critical, insightful and  
intelligent intervention into various aspects of online video.

If you have ideas about possible contributors and exciting essays,  
written by you or others, please contact Rachel Miles  
(rachel[at]networkcultures[dot]org). The deadline of the final  
versions will be in September)

The first reader, Video Vortex Reader: Responses to Youtube, is  
available as a free pdf on the INC website:http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/portal/publications/inc-readers/videovortex/

More information:


Culture Vortex, public participation in online collections
In the public and cultural sectors, collection holders have raised  
questions concerning the online distribution of creative material.  
Until the present moment, research and funding programs have focused  
mainly on the digitalization and licensing of large collections. On  
the side of the institution, the professional is wondering: How do I  
involve the audience in my online collections? And how do I inform the  
artists about the possibilities of sharing their works online? On the  
other side, artists are unsure about the added value of offering their  
works online.

The main question this Culture Vortex study (RAAK publiek program)  
seeks to answer are:
How can an active audience be involved in online cultural material?  
How can an elaborate network culture be facilitated, in which  
participants will share, describe, review, tag, reuse or otherwise  
interact with the cultural works?

The Netherlands Media Art Institute in collaboration with MediaLAB  
Amsterdam and INC organized an expert meeting within one of the three  
program lines; Public 2.0.
A selected group of experts from various domains: artists, lecturers/ 
educators, researchers, curators got together to answer questions  
like: What needs do users have in relation to the collection? Is there  
need for active user participation and how can this be fulfilled?

Research that has been initiated in order to answer some vital  
questions related to the media art collections of NIMk and the groups  
of users that use this collection, can be found here:
  (credits: Janneke Kamp and Lorena Zevedei)

Partners in this two year program are: INC, MediaLAB Amsterdam, The  
Netherlands Media Art Institute, The Netherlands Institute for Sound  
and Vision, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Amsterdam Stadsarchief,  
Virtueel Platform, VPRO, Urban Screens Association and IDFA.

All the outcomes of this meeting can be found on:

More information:


Economies of Open Content conference | 11 till 13 November 2010
The Economies of Open Content conference critically examines the  
economics of access to and preservation of on-line public domain and  
open access cultural resources, also known as the digital commons.  
While these resources are often acclaimed for their low-cost barriers,  
accessibility and collaborative structures, critics decry that they  
undermine established cultural (proprietary) production without  
offering a viable business strategy of their own. Because the  
sustainability of these open content resources remains so unclear,  
this conference explores alternative revenue models and novel  
institutional structures that can fund and safeguard access to commons- 
based resources. What new hybrid solutions for archiving, preserving  
and granting access can create both viable markets and serve the  
public interest? How should we restructure the economic frameworks in  
which content producers and cultural archives operate? How can we open  
up innovative markets that serve the public interests in a competitive  
global 21st century information economy? This event seeks to connect  
researchers, theorists, economists and activists in order to analyze  
the political economy of Open Content and its consequences for the  
cultural sector.

On the 11th of November there is pre-conference seminar: OVC Europe at  
Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum. Subjects are; open  
standards and their importance, video on Wikipedia and open video  
within education. On the 12th and 13th of November the conference will  
take at the Balie, Amsterdam. Conference themes are; Future of the  
Public Domain, Critique of the Free, Alternative Revenue Models,  
Materiality and Sustainability, Beyond the Starving Creatives and Open  
Access Resources.
Participating institutions include the Netherlands Institute for Sound  
and Vision, De Balie, Knowlegdeland, University of Amsterdam, New  
Media department and Institute of Network Cultures


Society of the Query weblog expands into a collaborative venture
The Society of the Query blog is looking forward to expanding its  
dialogic space to become a collaborative blog, in order to increase  
questioning and critical thinking around Web Searching. The  
collaborative research blog will include any content linked to the  
idea of search and research surrounding the topic of search. The  
research thread will be put out to everyone, hence anyone willing to  
contribute to the blog will be able to do so. Gathering the dispersed  
research on the topic will be a starting point to discover emerging  
themes, new and useful collaborations and critical areas that may  
result in a forthcoming event themes or other ventures. The targeted  
launch for the blog is 1 July 2010. For more information on the blog,  
and to start participating in the blog, contact srividya at  


CPOV conference Leipzig | 25 – 26 September 2010
The Critical Point of View (CPOV), a Wikipedia research initiative  
organized in partnership with the Centre of Internet and Society  
(Bangalore, India), has so far successfully produced two conferences:  
One in Bangalore in January 2010 and one in Amsterdam in March of the  
same year. Reports, videos, the mailing list and further resources can  
be accessed at www.networkcultures.org/cpov. A reader based on the  
conferences is currently being produced and is planned to be released  
by January 2011 as a part of the INC reader series. A next conference  
is foreseen to take place in Leipzig (Germany) 25-26 September 2010  
and will be a German speaking CPOV event. For news and updates check  
the project’s websitehttp://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/leipzig/


Web Aesthetics: How Digital Media Affect Culture and Society, by Vito  
Publication forthcoming: November 2010

The Institute of Network Cultures proudly presents the fourth  
publication in the Studies in Network Cultures series. This book  
series is a collaboration between the Institute of Network Cultures  
(INC) and NAi Publishers.

About the book: We live in a world of rapidly evolving digital  
networks, but within the domain of media theory, which studies the  
influence of these cultural forms, the implications of aesthetical  
philosophy have been sorely neglected. Vito Campanelli explores  
network forms through the prism of aesthetics and thus presents an  
open invitation to transcend the inherent limitations of the current  
debate about digital culture. The web is the medium that stands  
between the new media and society and, more than any other, is  
stimulating the worldwide dissemination of ideas and behaviour,  
framing aesthetic forms and moulding contemporary culture and society.  
Campanelli observes a few important phenomena of today, such as social  
networks, peer-to-peer networks and ‘remix culture’, and reduces them  
to their historical premises, thus laying the foundations for an  
organic aesthetic theory of digital media.

About the author: Vito Campanelli is a new media theorist and lectures  
on the theory and technology of mass communication at the University  
of Naples – L’Orientale. His essays about media art are regularly  
published in international periodicals such as Neural. He works as a  
freelance curator and as a promoter of events in the domain of digital  
culture. He was also co-founder of the non-profit organization MAO –  
Media & Arts Office.

Earlier editions in the series Studies in Network Cultures:
Ned Rossiter, Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New  
Institutions (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute for  
Network Cultures, 2006).
Eric Kluitenberg, Delusive Spaces: Essays on Culture, Media and  
Technology (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute for  
Network Cultures, 2008).
Matteo Pasquinelli, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons  
(Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute of Network  
Cultures, 2009).

More information:


Video Vortex Conference in Amsterdam | 11-12 March 2011
On the 11th and 12th of March 2011 the next Video Vortex conference  
will be held in TrouwAmsterdam. Conference themes are: open everything  
(platforms, software and video), living database vs. dead collection,  
censorship and YouTube, critique of the amateur (aesthetics +  
technology), video activism, ethics of online, artist presentations,  
interaction vs. online video and tactics of online video users.


E-Publishing Conference in Amsterdam | May/June 2011
Amsterdam E-boekenstad is a SIA-RAAK research project initiated by the  
Electronic Publishing program of the HvA Media Information and  
Communication, where all elements of the digital learning and reading  
in higher education are examined and described. Together with the  
industry (publishers, distributors, e-reader manufacturers, etc.),  
students and teachers, the program E-Publishing explores the  
usefulness of e-readers, compares e-readers with print and screen and  
determines what their advantages are for e-learning. In addition, the  
implications for the current development chain of e-readers will be  
mapped, such as repercussions for copyright, publishers and  
distribution. All these outcomes will be shared and discussed at the E- 
Publishing conference foreseen in May/June 2011.

More information


Create-IT applied research centre
CREATE-IT applied research is the knowledge centre of the HvA’s Media,  
Creation and Information (Media, Creatie en Informatie) domain. The  
INC is part of this knowledge centre as well as other ‘lectoren’ and  
the MediaLAB Amsterdam.
At this knowledge centre, lecturers, students and researchers carry  
out applied research commissioned by the creative industry and the IT  
sector. We collaborate with universities and other knowledge  
institutes. Research results are used by the professional sector as  
well as adapted for educational purposes. Applied research provides  
solutions to urgent practical issues, ensures that educational  
programs are kept up to date, promotes knowledge circulation and  
contributes to the professionalization of students and lecturers.

More information:


Institute of Network Cultures Blog

Overview INC Publications

Institute of Network Cultures Media Archive

Geert Lovink’s Net critique blog

Institute of Network Cultures
Amsterdam New Media Research Centre

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