technologies of the common
Munich, February 26-29, 2004
From February 26th
to 29th young artists, filmmakers, musicians, theorists and activists
from all over Europe and many other parts of the world will meet
at the Muffathalle in Munich for a number of events, speeches, discussions,
presentations, performances, concerts and actions reflecting the
pulse of the age.
NEURO is not only
a conference, nor is it just a fair or a conventional festival.
Rather it is a place for collaboration and common production. It's
about a critical, connected practice and a practical critique of
networking. It will host debates, presentations and reports on the
results of ongoing projects and provide an opportunity to discuss
new ideas, plan and start common projects.
First of all, NEURO
stands for "Networking Europe". Only few weeks before
the official eastern enlargement of the European Union, it ill promote
the networking of new media initiatives and projects from within
Europe; in and outside of the new borders. The central question
will concern, at what point young people in Europe join together
with one another, where the traces of this association runs and
how they can be bundled into creative alliances.
Though not an end
in itself, networking is now raising more than ever questions that
cannot be answered at straightaway: What does networking actually
mean nowadays? What does networking have to do with freedom of movement?
How do social movements network? How can technologies be used in
ways that create social change on a broader level than the self?
How do we conceptualise the common that is created in and through
networks whilst not being reducible to them.
Ten years after
the start of the internet boom, the crisis of the idea of networks
is long overdue. Alongside the collapse of the new markets, the
bombastic constructions about media art, media theory and media
activism have fallen like a house of cards. Nevertheless, in the
ensuing impasse, a new generation of media and networking initiatives
have formed and taken onboard the discussion and reflection on everyday
life, and new tasks, methods, functions, challenges and perspectives.
About two years
after the first make-world festival, NEURO will again interface
with current debates around migration and mobility, racism and nationalism,
civil society and global mobilisation, networking and new technologies,
informatisation and precarious labour, education and control society,
common organising, and digital culture.
None of the initiatives
present at neuro will offer a one-size-fits-all solution to global
wrongs. However when taken together it is imagined that they will
exhibit the power of generating communicable ideas out of small,
laboratory contexts that are embedded within different environments
and in dialogue with one another.
NEURO will be a
major opportunity for forming creative alliances - within a coherent
discursive field - between all those that share the aspiration to
raise theory and activity to a level adequate to the practice of
and more: neuro.kein.org
NEURO is organized
around seven major topics, that each constitute an area for debates
on different levels and in different formats. Various input and
output devices will be attached to these topics.
SPECTACLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY
Scaling the summits: esf, wsf, wsis - Multi-stakeholder ideology
and global governance scenarios - Snares of inclusion, pitfalls
of political mediation and the development discourse
TRANSITIONS OF LABOR
Outsourcing and lean production - The becoming migrant of labor
- Cognitive labor and industries of affect - Division and recomposition:
the biopolitical network of immaterial labor
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
Third generation wall and wireless lager - Management, mobility
and post-human rights - Local and remote control
CRISIS OF REPRESENTATION AND POLITICS OF SPACE
Mapping, mobile devices, games - Resisting virtual regimes - Protest
in the non-protest SOCIAL ONTOLOGIES OF OPEN SOURCE
The collapse of techno-idealism - Hyper-alienation and property
out of control - Ethics of open images and imagination
FORMATION AND INFORMATION
Educational projects in networking environments - Knowledge production,
general intellect and the crisis of learning - Strategies of self-valorization
from do-it-yourself to everyone-is-an-expert CONSTITUTIVE PRACTICES
Ad-hoc-networking and virtual organizing - Escape, exodus and refusal
- Hijacking speech: multilingualism beyond identity and unity
The center of NEURO will be a collective installation of more than
50 groups, initiatives and projects in the Muffathalle, which will
be transformed through presentations, performances and Ad-hoc-productions
into a collaborative workspace.
Parallel to this a conference, sheltered in the Cafe of the Muffathalle,
will hold lectures, dialogues and discussions on the constitutive
practices of civil society, immaterial labour, migration, Open Source,
and educational strategies.
In conjunction with the conference tracks and grouped by topics
a number of projects will present their specific approaches and
experiences on a small stage in the center of the main hall. NEURO_LOUNGE
At night, NEURO will host concerts, electronic music performances,
local and remote DJ'ing and radio programs of participating artists.
NEURO will be accompanied by photo exhibitions, film screenings,
live streams, video-jam-sessions, as well as near-to-realtime-encoding
and audiovisual archiving.
NEURO offers many spaces for meetings taking place in a planned
or ad-hoc fashion, in secure or unsecure, conform or informal ways,
product- or process oriented, as training or strategy meetings.
[Text and images on this site are taken from neuro.kein.org]