[artinfo] Geert Lovink: Uncanny Networks

David Weininger dgw@MIT.EDU
Mon, 27 Jan 2003 11:24:41 +0100


Uncanny Networks
Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia
Geert Lovink

=46or Lovink, interviews are imaginative texts that can help to create
global, networked discourses not only among different professions but
also among different cultures and social groups. Conducting
interviews online, over a period of weeks or months, allows the
participants to compose documents of depth and breadth, rather than
simply snapshots of timely references.

The interviews collected in this book are with artists, critics, and
theorists who are intimately involved in building the content,
interfaces, and architectures of new media. The topics discussed
include digital aesthetics, sound art, navigating deep audio space,
European media philosophy, the Internet in Eastern Europe, the mixing
of old and new in India, critical media studies in the Asia-Pacific
region, Japanese techno tribes, hybrid identities, the storage of
social movements, theory of the virtual class, virtual and urban
spaces, corporate takeover of the Internet, and the role of
cyberspace in the rise of nongovernmental organizations.

Geert Lovink is an independent media theorist and net critic. He is
the founder of nettime mailing lists, a member of Adilkno, and a
cofounder of the online community server Digital City.

Norbert Bolz, Paulina Borsook, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Kuan-Hsing Chen,
C=E3lin Dan, Mike Davis, Mark Dery, Kodwo Eshun, Susan George, Boris
Groys, Frank Hartmann, Michael Heim, Dietmar Kamper, Zina Kaye, Tom
Keenan, Arthur Kroker, Bruno Latour, Marita Liulia, Rafael
Lozano-Hemmer, Peter Lunenfeld, Lev Manovich, Mongrel, Edi Muka,
Jonathan Peizer, Saskia Sassen, Herbert Schiller, Gayatri Spivak,
J=E1nos Sug=E1r, Ravi Sundaram, Toshiya Ueno, Tjebbe van Tijen, McKenzie
Wark, Hartmut Winkler, Slavoj Zizek.

"More than a mere collection of interviews, Uncanny Networks is a
book of dialogues. Lovink has as much knowledge of and experience with
alternative media as any of his subjects. Rather than approach them
as a journalist or outsider might, he engages them as equals,
eliciting deep and thoughtful responses."
--Manuel de Landa, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and
Preservation, Columbia University

7 x 9, 392 pp., cloth, ISBN 0-262-12251-0

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