Conference crew

Concept: Geert Lovink & Ned Rossiter

Geert Lovink
Geert Lovink is a Dutch-Australian media theorist and critic. In 2004 he founded the Amsterdam-based Institute of Network Cultures. Since January 2004, Geert is appointed as senior researcher/associated professor at Amsterdam University (HvA/UvA). He is the organiser of conferences, festivals and (online) publications and the founder of numerous Internet projects, such as and He recently published the books Dark Fiber (2002), Uncanny Networks (2002) and My First Recession (2003). From October 2005 – July 2006, Geert was a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, institute for advanced study.

Ned Rossiter
Ned Rossiter is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies (Digital Media) in the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney and leads the CMR’s ‘Digital Cultures’ research strand. Ned has published numerous papers and is co-editor of Politics of a Digital Present: An Inventory of Australian Net Culture, Criticism and Theory (Melbourne: Fibreculture Publications, 2001) and Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic Industries (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004). He is also a co-facilitator of fibreculture, a network of critical Internet research and culture in Australasia. His book Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions will be published later this year by NAi Publishers.

Program Committee: Mieke Gerritzen, Geert Lovink, Sabine Niederer & Ned Rossiter

Mieke Gerritzen
Mieke Gerritzen was born in Amsterdam. In the early nineties she was one of the first designers involved in the development of digital media in the Netherlands. She designs for all media and works with many different designers, writers and artists. She has a couple of successful publications on her name: Catalogue of Strategy, Everyone is a Designer, Mobile Minded and Next Nature. Gerritzen is head of the design department Sandberg Institute, the post-graduate design course in Amsterdam, and is the founder of All Media Foundation. Mieke Gerritzen received many prizes and gives lectures and presentations worldwide.

Sabine Niederer
Sabine Niederer has worked as a producer and curator of numerous international events on new media, arts and digital culture. In 2002 she earned her MA in Art History from Utrecht University. Sabine is one of the curators of the bi-monthly film and video program Cinematiek, and editor of the ‘art & science’ project of Impakt Online. She teaches new media theory at the University of Amsterdam, and publishes regularly on new media and popular culture. Sabine became managing director of the Institute of Network Cultures in April 2006.

Production: Shirley Niemans & Matthijs Rutten

Shirley Niemans
Shirley Niemans works at the INC as the producer of MyCreativity, an international convention for creative industries researchers, which will take place on November 17-18 in Amsterdam. After graduating from the KABK/Royal Conservatory of The Hague (NL) with a BA in audiovisual arts in 2002, Shirley worked as a video and sound artist for several years. She has (co-) produced events and art projects in the Netherlands, ranging from international new media expert meetings (Doors of Perception roundtable, 2004) to art exhibitions in public space (Lazy Marie Streetart Project, 2005). Shirley currently works as a producer and curator for the bi-monthly film and video program Cinematiek (2004-2006) and the Videowall project of the Lazy Marie Foundation (2005-2006).

Matthijs Rutten
Matthijs is currently finalizing his study Integrated Communication Management at the Hogeschool of Utrecht. The main subject of his Communication Studies is European Public Affairs/Government Communication. After his graduation he is planning to obtain his master in International Communication Management at the Institute of Higher European Studies. In 2005, Matthijs worked as a communication and research intern at the Institute of Network Cultures for the international work conference and public event incommunicado05. In order to enlarge the scope of his working experience he succesfully finalized his final internship at the communication department of ABN AMRO, Private Banking in the beginning of 2006. He currently works (parttime) as an assistant producer at the Institute of Network Cultures for MyCreativity.

Design: Hendrik-Jan Grievink

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
Hendrik-Jan Grievink (1977) lives in Rotterdam from where he works for various clients and organisations, amongst self-comissioned work. He is a designer with an interest in populism, modernity and contemporary image culture. Grievink asks himself how designers –as supposed ambassadors of the new- can relate to the needs of a hypermodern society.
He combines a both journalistic/theoretical and practical research-based approach with a clear visual language. Writing and performance are essential elements of his practice. Grievink writes for Archined, the Dutch architecture website and uses a two-year postgraduate period at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam to further develop his vision.