Internet & identity in the context of the history & future of life on earth

Date 22. Februar 2014
Start 20:00 Uhr
End 20:45 Uhr
Event Lecture and talk (in English)
Place Side stage
With Tao Lin (author), Nikola Richter (moderation)

Tao Lin is one of the most popular authors associated to alt lit (alternative literature), a social media based creative community, which empathizes popular and internet culture and experiments with the possibilities the web offers for the creation and publication of literature. Tao Lin is the author of the novels “Taipei” (2013), “Richard Yates” (2010), and “Eeeee Eee Eeee” (2007), the story-collection “Bed” (2007), the novella “Shoplifting from American Apparel” (2009), and the poetry-collections “you are a little bit happier than i am” (2006) and “cognitive-behavior therapy” (2008). He will give a talk that puts the internet in context of human history, from when its ancestors, the first life to exist on Earth, appeared ~3.5 billion years ago, to the advent of agriculture ~12,000 years ago, to the present and future, with a focus on time and dimensions. He will also look at the ways that one’s output on social media can differ from their artistic output, and what it means, with examples, diagrams and pictures.

Moderation: Nikola Richter

© Tao Lin
© Tao Lin

Tao Lin, born in 1983, is an American novelist, poet essayist and artist living in New York. He has published three novels, two books of poetry, one short story collection, and one novella in print as well as an extensive assortment of online content. His work has been published by “Granta”, “The New York Times” and he’s been a frequent contributor to “Thought Catalog” and “Vice Magazine”, where he carries on the infamous column “Drug-Related Photoshop Art”. In 2008 he founded Muumuu House, an independent publishing house. His latest novel, “Taipei”, was published in 2013. His Novels “Eeeee Eee Eeee” (Gute Laune, Dumont 2008), and, upcoming in May 2014, “Richard Yates” (luxbooks), were translated into German.
Twitter: @tao_lin


© Carsten Meltendorf
© Carsten Meltendorf

Nikola Richter, born in 1976 in Bremen, has lived in Berlin since 1999. She studied German, English and Comparative Literature in Tübingen, Norwich and Berlin before working for several years for the magazine “Kulturaustausch” and at Since 2009 she has developed web concepts as a freelance journalist; she also teaches on the Applied Literature Studies programme at the FU Berlin in the areas of literature and media. From 2009 to 2013 she ran the Theatertreffen-Blog (Berliner Festspiele). In 2013 she founded the epublishing company mikrotext, which was nominated in 2013 for the Berlin Innovation Consensus. She is the curator of the Netzkultur (Net Culture) event series at the Berliner Festspiele.
Twitter: @nikonee / @mkrtxt