The Politics and Aesthetics of Internet Revenue Models

Geert Lovink @ the unbound book conference

Foto: Sebastiaan ter Burg / Institute of Networked Cultures (Flickr)

On Wednesday, 18 April, starting at 20:00, Dutch-Australian media theorist, net critic and activist Geert Lovink will give a lecture entitled Digital Money for All!, in the great hall of Filodrammatica (Korzo 28/1, Rijeka).

  

MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, geeks and researchers established in 2013 by the Amsterdam-based Institute of Network Cultures. It asks a simple question: How are artists or content producers, which really includes everyone, going to make a living from their work in the 21st century? According to Silicon Valley, we aren’t – we are going to be forced to give all creative products away for free, in exchange for “attention” on social media (while Facebook and Google make billions through ads and selling your private data). In response to the 2008 global financial crisis, “crypto currencies” (such as Bitcoin) arose to bypass both banks and tech giants. Money is exchanged via mobile phones. We join crowdfunding campaigns and experiment (again) with subscription-based services.

What is the politics behind all these new services? How do artists relate to these new network architectures? How should we read the current hype? Are these services really decentralized as they claim? How many of us can read the rightwing libertarian values inside the digital money protocols? Who are the new power players? Let us join the debate. Money has been digital for decades. It is now becoming inseparable from the internet. If neither Wall St. nor Silicon Valley will be the winner of this game, then who will?

Institute of Network Cultures (INC) is a research group at the Stichting Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) at the faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries. The INC was founded by Geert Lovink in 2004 to investigate the cultural, artistic, and societal implications and context of digital technology. The INC analyses and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. The main research strands of the Institute are digital publishing, alternative revenue models, online video and design, and digital counter culture. Collaborating with a wide range of partners, from creative freelancers and artists to museums, labs, research centres, galleries and festivals, the INC facilitates discussion between diverse audiences and readerships consisting of hackers, academics, artists, students and activists. More: http://networkcultures.org/

Geert Lovink is a Dutch-Australian media theorist, net critic and activist. Lovink is one of the key theorists behind the concept of tactical media - the use of media technologies as a tool for critical theory to become artistic practice. He also was a founder of such projects as nettime, fibreculture, organised networks and virtual media. Lovink is a Research Professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and a Professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School. Among others his books were published by MIT Press, The University of Melbourne, Amsterdam University Press and Polity. More: http://networkcultures.org/geert/biography/
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