Felix Stalder’s extended essay, Digital Solidarity, responds to the wave of new forms of networked organisation emerging from and colliding with the global economic crisis of 2008. Across the globe, voluntary association, participatory decision-making and the sharing of resources, all widely adopted online, are being translated into new forms of social space. This movement operates in the breach between accelerating technical innovation, on the one hand, and the crises of institutions which organise, or increasingly restrain society on the other. Through an inventory of social forms – commons, assemblies, swarms and weak networks – the essay outlines how far we have already left McLuhan’s ‘Gutenberg Galaxy’ behind. In his cautiously optimistic account, Stalder reminds us that the struggles over where we will arrive are only just beginning.
This publication, available in print and as free web download, is part of a small series of books, published by Mute (London) and Post-Media Lab (Leuphana University)
“A planet is the cradle of mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.” K.E.Tsiolkovsky
The Out of the Craddle Symposium at KSEVT Slovenia rethinks the human position within the technological, social and natural processes, the position which enables understanding of the deep and close surroundings – Space and Earth.
Konrad Becker on: “Strategic Space Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence” more
Fr. 22. November 2013 - 19:30, IG Architektur, Gumpendorferstraße 63b, 1060 Vienna
The Drift Towards Universal Surveillance:
Steve Wright (UK) on the new age of truly global surveillance and tracking with state capability sets that even the Stasi and George Orwell did not imagine. What are the long term, social and political ramifications of such capabilities and how can we successfully resist when they go beyond the limits of the law?
We Should Take Nothing for Granted:
On the building of alert and knowledgeable citizenry. Dr. Bruno Taut (RU) will explore the depths, perils, challenges and the bliss of the decrypted century.
Screening: Marko Peljhan (SI/US) presents documents from the SPEKTR! Vaults
Presentations with Felix Stalder on “The War of Data against Communication” and Konrad Becker on “Cultural Intelligence: Tactics-Strategy-Operations” at the Embros Theater Athens.
The poster shows the historical cover of Otto Neurath’s magazine “Kulturwille” with a 1927 issue on the subject of “Statistics and Class War”.
WII on the panel “Contemporary Practices in Art: Technology, Digital Media and Social Creativity” at the conference on “Innovative, Open and Economically Sustainable Models of Creative Production” in Athens: Felix Stalder on “New Models for Creativity in the Cultural Sector” and Konrad Becker on “Critical Strategies in Digital Art and Media”. Organized by our European project partners EKT at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF).
Uschi Reiter: With the Snowden affair the Internet as space for surveillance has reached a wider public. This incident and the excitement it caused hasn’t brought about any major withdrawal from the social network Facebook, for example. What impact does this knowledge of control have on the way we culturally act and communicate on the net?
Felix Stalder: As long as there is no real alternative to the ever expanding parts of the Internet, that act as surveillance spaces, the current discussion about the way we should act on the net will remain quite limited. Cryptoparties and such are more symbolic acts. As long as the infrastructure of surveillance is optimised, creating individualised private spheres later will remain a highly complex matter. So it will always be a minority activity.
NPK Netzpolitischer Konvent der Österreichischen Zivilgesellschaft / Netpolitical Convent of Austrian Civil Society – online (in German)