[artinfo] Eric Kluitenberg, Legacies of Tactical Media
geert at xs4all.nl
Fri Dec 16 13:40:38 CET 2011
Tactical Media employ the 'tactics of the weak'
to operate on the terrain of strategic power by
means of 'any media necessary'. Once the rather
exclusive practice of politically engaged artists
and activists, the tactical appropriations of
media tools and distribution infrastructures by
the disenfranchised and the disgruntled have
moved from the margins to centre stage. The
explosive growth of mass participation in
self-mediation incountless blogs, video sharing
platforms, micro-blog ging, social networking has
created an unprecedented complexity in the
While this frenzy of media activity has been
heralded as the catalyst of the new
democratisation movements in North-Africa and the
Middle-East, the anti-austerity/precarity
movements in Southern Europe and the UK, and the
recent #occupy movements in the US and Northern
Europe, its increasingly intransparent complexity
combined with the post 9/11 'crash of symbols'
has thrown its political efÞcacy into question.
The demise of WikiLeaks as the crown jewel of
on-line whistle-blowing has added to a thoroughly
More than ever tactical media operators require
effective instruments to the create tactical
cartographies they need to navigate the hybrid
realities they are immersed in. This notebook
traces the legacies of tactical media to begin
creating these hybrid cartographies.
about the author: Eric Kluitenberg is an
independent theorist and writer on culture, media
and technology. He is editor in chief of the
Tactical Media Files - an on-line documentation
resource for tactical media practices world-wide.
colophon: Network Notebooks editors: Geert Lovink
and Sabine Niederer. Producer: Margreet Riphagen.
Copy editing: Allison Guy. Design: Studio
Léon&Loes, Rotterdam http://www.leon-loes.nl.
Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures,
Amsterdam. Supported by: School for Communication
and Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied
Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Domein Media,
Creatie en Informatie) and Stichting Democratie
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