Ego Updates: The internet and the asymmetry in us and outside of us

On the internet, people are finally themselves. But the web’s new openness and transparency only shows the surface while the important mechanisms of our lives are becoming less visible and manoeuvrable for many. Individuality and tenacity are falling by the wayside. Are our egos becoming an application of techno-modernisation? Or a commodity? If invisible changes […]

Selfie publishing. Filter identities, self-emoticons, non-sense

“Every man for himselfie .” Culture critics regard selfies as the death rattle of a declining Western world. Others consider them as the most accessible and effective current means of performative self-conviction. Depending on your perspective, selfies are the next big thing in art – or they make the term art obsolete. Christiane Frohmann talks […]

What’s mine is yours: New copyright laws in digital culture production

Thanks to digitalisation, culture production is in a period of radical change. The paths which creative professionals, companies and cultural institutions can follow today are becoming more manifold and at the same time – both consciously and unconsciously – more dependent on copyright. We will be looking at concrete examples of various developments. Presenter: Rabea […]

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

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), […]

The man who am: Basic English performance

“Basic English” is a performative lecture in which Momus tells a story of frustration, jealousy and revenge using the basic (and completely inadequate) language endorsed by Australian educator Fred Schonell. As well as being very funny, the performance raises questions about how social power is expressed in linguistic framings, and how we might escape that. […]

Do you click me? E-campaigns in the area of culture

Paula Hannemann is Campaigns Director at Change.org Germany. Change.org is one of the largest e-campaigning platforms worldwide and in December 2013, it sent out an appeal from “Writers against Surveillance” with the participation of over 500 writers from 82 countries, among them Nobel Laureates. It advises public bodies and organisations on strategies for success and […]