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|M E T A B O L I C S # 4|
Thursday, 12th of April 2001, 8 pm
Feat: Geert Lovink (Media theorist/Sidney) and guests
Stream: > > Live
|RE: MORNING AFTER|
A crash in slow motion: For nearly a year now, technology stock markets are on decline, as inevitably as they have risen incredibly the time before. Beyond IPOs and spectacular mergers the "New Economy" suddenly reveals discrepancies wich make the cliches appear markedly harmless: For years the slogan "Laptop and Lederhosen" was featuring the hype of a new economy in the area around Munich, which vaunts as the fourth biggest high-tech and new media cluster worldwide. Immaterial work in electronic networks promised a radical new definition of gainful employment that from now on was to be organized flexibly and in a self dependent way. This idea sounded good and obviously was not a problem, as long as there was enough venture capital.
As it turned out, that not everybody can be a entrepreneur, and that the new markets are a bit more complicated than a savings book - what is the point of the "New Economy"? And, above all: What expects us on the morning after the crash? Will incrusted structures and old thinking be triumphing, or just those who joined the swan songs of the information economy in time? Is there any reason to gloat at all or did the hype concerning electronic business have its good sides, too? Which fate will the truly innovative ideas be doomed to, as it has become more difficult to make money even out of the most stupid monkey business? And, how does all this affect the developement of digital cultures and ongoing artistic production?
METABOLICS/STOFFWECHSEL#4 will discuss what accounts for the digital economy, especially in times of insolvencies, waves of dismissals and dramatic share price losses. In an open debate Lovink will dispute with protagonists of the local start-up scene as well as cultural activists and artists.
|Geert Lovink is co-founder of Adilkno/BILWET, "The Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge" , the "Digital City Amsterdam" and "De Waag", the Society for old an new media. With Pit Schultz he founded in 1995 the mailing list "nettime" , probably the most important ressource for net criticism until today. Lovink co-organized numerous conferences and congresses, among them the legendary "Next five Minutes" and the Hybrid Workspace at documenta X. Recently, in last May, "Tulipomania Dot Com" was the early attempt of a critique of the internet economy, wich doesn't fall into cultural pessimism, but still manages to hold resistance against prevailing dogma.|