[Xchange] Out now! Rasa Smite, Creative Networks -- In the Rearview Mirror of Eastern European History

John Hopkins jhopkins at tech-no-mad.net
Fri Sep 28 19:01:01 EEST 2012

The Amsterdam Institute of Network Cultures presents:

Theory on Demand #11

Rasa Smite, Creative Networks, In the Rearview Mirror of Eastern
European History

This study explores the dawn of internet culture from an Eastern
European perspective. Starting with a theoretical angle several
networks are introduced and interpreted as complex socio-technical
systems. The author analyzes the development of self-organized
formations that started off as 'virtual communities', 'creative
networks' that emerged from the early days of internet culture during
the roaring mid 1990s until today's social media. Along with
translocal case studies of Nettime, Syndicate, Faces and Xchange, as
well as other important facets of early network culture in Europe, the
study looks into the local E-Lab initiative in Riga, Latvia.
Describing the pioneering network culture of 1990s, this study
reflects on the larger changes in the social structure of today's
society, 15 years later, that occur as follow-ups of these earlier
socio-technical transformations.

Rasa Smite is an artist, network researcher and cultural inventor,
working with emerging media since the mid-1990s. She holds a PhD in
sociology from the Riga Stradins University and currently is Associate
Professor and Researcher in the Art Research Lab at Liepaja
University. Rasa Smite is founding director of the Center for New
Media Culture RIXC in Riga (www.rixc.lv) and founder of Internet
culture and networked art projects such as Xchange, Acoustic Space Lab
and more recently the Renewable Network. Together with her centre she
organizes the annual festival Art+Communication (since 1996), curates
networked art exhibitions and publishes Acoustic Space journal series,
introducing novel themes such as internet radio (1997), locative media
(2003), electromagnetic waves as material and medium in art (2006),
art and renewable energy (2009), techno-ecologies (2009) and the art
of resilience (2012).

Translation (from Latvian): Linda Vebere. Copy editing: Miriam Rasch.
Design: Katja van Stiphout. DTP: Margreet Riphagen. Printer: ‘Print on
Demand’. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2012.
ISBN: 978-90-818575-0-5.

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