The power of authenticity: social media as an artistic intervention

Date 18. Januar 2014
Start 19:30 Uhr
End 20:30 Uhr
Event Lecture (in German)
Place Side stage
With Geert Lovink (internet theorist)

Geert Lovink is sure of one thing: “The internet is not going away, it’s here to stay.” The well-known Dutch media theorist has explored the function of organised online groups. He sees social media as a defining condition for exchange and communication in modern societies. In his lecture, he derives our modern-day understanding of digital community from traditional concepts of community as well as the virtual communities of the 1990s, explaining to what extent connections that are made can be artistic interventions. In addition, he will give examples of artistic reactions to real-time networks.

© HvA
© HvA

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of “Zero Comments” (2008) and “Das Halbwegs Soziale” (2012). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. From 2004 to 2013 he taught in the new media master’s program at Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. His institute recently organized conferences and research networks around topics such as the politics and aesthetics of online video, urban screens, Wikipedia, the culture of search, internet revenue models, digital publishing strategies and alternatives in social media. He is a media theory professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee) and associated member of the Centre for Digital Cultures at the Leuphana University (Lüneburg).
Twitter: @glovink