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<nettime> The Community Complex, A Post-Media Lab conference

Dear nettimers,

Herzlich Wilkommen to the second Post-Media Lab event. PML is a two year
research lab into post-media based at Leuphana University, co-directed by
Mute magazine, and part of the Lüneburg Innovation Incubator. This event
will bring together some key debates and perspectives around network
assembled communities, the crisis of privacy and the commodification of
affect within biopower. All are welcome to join us, and the event is free.

Hope to see you there,


The Community Complex, A Post-Media Lab conference

Friday, 22 June 2012, 13:00-20:00
Venue: Denkerei, Oranienplatz 2, 10999 Berlin

Whether you want to have something to do with the ‘community industry’ or
not, it has something to do with you. Through its burgeoning expansion,
our forms of relating, caring, communicating and collaborating, are being
transformed, enclosed, templated and put to work. The most affective
components of network culture are rapidly being engineered into ‘product’.
Just as virtual space is augmented, real space becomes ever more
virtualised, securitised and impoverished. The rise of the
network-assembled community has coincided with a radical disinvestment of
national and municipal communities in the age of austerity. As services
are withdrawn, the ‘community’ itself is enjoined to step into the breach.
‘Community’, in the era of networked neoliberalism, has become both a
target of governance as well as of business.

Beyond the commercial drive which is ‘connecting people apart’,
communities of difference are also flourishing in the post-internet age.
Reimagining community is not just the preserve of belligerent nationalisms
and Web 2.0 but also a long-standing activity of alternative, artistic and
political cultures’ responses to commercialisation and industrialisation,
from the 17th century puritans and diggers, the artist communes of the
19th century, through to the political squatter scenes of post-68
generation, the hacklabs of the past years and new movements such as
Anonymous. The Community Complex will ask how normative forms of sociality
and identification are not only produced but also challenged in today’s
mashup of the virtual and real, free and waged labour, computational and
affectual, real-time and bio-time, as well as minor and molar imaginings
of connection. To achieve this we bring together different perspectives
and experiences of critically engaging with the new realities of
mediatised ‘community’ and its reimagination.

Participants: Johannes Paul Raether (Basso), McKenzie Wark (The New
School, New York), Nishant Shah (Centre for Internet & Society,
Bangalore), Marcell Mars (MaMa, Zagreb), Tatiana Bazzichelli
(transmediale/reSource), Clemens Caspar Mierau (Spackeria/c-base), Pod
(CiTiZEN KiNO/XLterrestrials, Berlin/San Francisco), Graswurzel TV
(Lüneburg), foebud e.v. (Bielefeld), Tactical Technology Collective
(Berlin and Bangalore), Freifunk (Berlin).

13:00-15:00 / Workshop I: Practice
15:00-15:30 / Pause
15:30-17:30 / Workshop II: Privacy
18:00-20:00 / Evening Panel

After conference event: Performative screening - XLterrestrials and
PML-present: CiTiZEN KiNO (#16): Technotopia / Dystopia : A Social
Garden-i-fication Is Elsewhere!

Venue: c-base, Rungestrasse 20, 10179 Berlin
23 June

Live Stream/Media Lounge: ‘From Waste to Resource. Recovering Sustainable

Venue: Kulinarisches Kollektiv, Berlin. 17:00-20:00

Event booking (free) –

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