Animal Spirits: About the dark side of the Web

Posted: January 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: ,

On 20 January 2009, the new INC-NAi publication Animal Spirits, by Matteo Pasquinelli was launched at Waag Society. The program kicked off with a word of welcome by the host Lucas Evers, head of the e-culture programme at Waag Society. He pointed out that this launch was taking place in the heart of the Dutch creative industries, and welcomed all critique!
INC founding director Geert Lovink presented the 'Studies in Network Cultures' series, of which he is the editor, and introduced Matteo's publication, the third book in this series.

Left: Sebastian Olma, middle: Matteo Pasquinelli, right: Geert Lovink

Next, philosopher Sebastian Olma responded to the book and asked Matteo some questions about his approach and asked what the 'dark side of the Web' actually is? Matteo gave the example of what he refers to as war pornography, the violent imagery of Abu Ghraib, and the field of internet pornography. Sebastian concluded that Matteo's important contribution is that he regards the negative forces (Spinoza) as something that can be productive.

Merijn Oudenampsen
Urban sociologist Merijn Oudenampsen pointed at the local Dutch situation, saying that here the right -wing populist media have claimed the legitimacy of the underbelly of society. He explained this underbelly as the consumptive beast that wants to go to war and buy a plasma television. He stressed that the right -wing media has found a way to work with this, in their topics and imagery. In response, the left-wing activists have taken up therole of rationality, saying no to consumption. Matteo encouraged the audience to be productive and consume more. The launch ended with a lively debate with the audience, followed by drinks.


The audience

Special thanks to Sebastian Olma and Merijn Oudenampsen for their contributions, to Lucas Evers for hosting the event, and to Barbera van Kooij and Willemijn from NAi Publishers for their presence and the book stand.

Animal Spirits can be ordered online on www.naipublishers.com (in NL: 19,50 euro).
Going to Transmediale 09? Visit the INC book stand @ Transmediale next Tuesday -Thursday.

Listen to the interview with Matteo Pasquinelli by Pit Schultz here: http://backyardradio.de/files/mp3/matteo.pasquinelli034.interview.mp3, or read: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/weblog/

The beasts within: creative cities and the intelligent unemployed

Posted: January 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm  |  By: margreet  |  Tags: , ,

Interview with Matteo Pasquinelli by Klubradio

http://backyardradio.de/files/mp3/matteo.pasquinelli034.interview.mp3

Surfing the waves of crisis - from energy, to environment to the current financial crisis, Pit Schultz and Matteo Pasquinelli talk failed metropolis, cyberpunk and underground culture. A history lesson for urban survival in the future, they discuss notions from J.G. Ballard, digital sub cultures and parasitic cybernetics.  Matteo bids a dirty farewell to media culture!

Matteo Pasquinelli is a writer, curator and researcher at Queen Mary University of London. He edited the collections Media Activism (2002) and C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader (2007). With Katrien Jacobs and the Institute of Network Cultures, he organised the Art and Politics of Netporn conference (2005). He lives in Amsterdam.

Podcast Produced by www.Klubradio.de

Book launch ‘Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons’, by Matteo Pasquinelli

Posted: January 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm  |  By: margreet  |  Tags: , ,

Book launch 'Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons', by Matteo Pasquinelli, Studies in Network Cultures.

Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons book launch
Date and time: Tuesday 20 January at 17h00
Location: Waag Society, Theatrum Anatomicum, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam
Free entrance

The spectres of the financial and energy crisis are affecting new media culture and question the autonomy of networks. While activism and the art world still celebrate Creative Commons and the ‘creative cities’ as the new ideals for the Internet generation, Pasquinelli identifies the key social conflicts and business models at work behind the new commons.

Animal Spirits is the third issue in the series of studies in Network Cultures. This book series investigates concepts and practices special to network cultures. Exploring the spectrum of new media and society, we see network cultures as a strategic term to enlist in diagnosing political and aesthetic developments in user-driven communications. Network cultures can be understood as social-technical formations under construction.

The launch includes short presentations from Matteo Pasquinelli, Sebastian Olma, Merijn Oudenampsen and a discussion, led by Geert Lovink.

About the book: After a decade of digital fetishism, the spectres of the financial and energy crisis have also affected new media culture and brought into question the autonomy of networks. Yet activism and the art world still celebrate Creative Commons and the ‘creative cities’ as the new ideals for the Internet generation. Unmasking the animal spirits of the commons, Matteo Pasquinelli identifies the key social conflicts and business models at work behind the rhetoric of Free Culture. The corporate parasite infiltrating file-sharing networks, the hydra of gentrification in ‘creative cities’ such as Berlin and the bicephalous nature of the Internet with its pornographic underworld are three untold dimensions of contemporary ‘politics of the common’. Against the latent puritanism of authors like Baudrillard and Žižek, constantly quoted by both artists and activists, Animal Spirits draws a conceptual ‘book of beasts’. In a world system shaped by a turbulent stock market, Pasquinelli unleashes a politically incorrect grammar for the coming generation of the new commons.

About the author: Matteo Pasquinelli is an Amsterdam-based writer and researcher at the Queen Mary University of London and has an activist background in Italy. He edited the collection Media Activism: Strategies and Practices of Independent Communication (2002)  and co-edited C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader (2007).  Since 2000, he has been editor of the mailing list Rekombinant (www.rekombinant.org).

Table of Contents:
1. Animal Spirits: A Conceptual Bestiary
2. The Parasite of the Commons: Digitalism and the Economy of 'Free Culture'
3. The Hydra of Language: The Biomorphic Unconscious of Culture Industry
4. The Bicephalous Image: The Just Masochism of the Imaginary

Matteo Pasquinelli, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, NAi Publishers, Rotterdam and the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2008. ISBN 978-90-5662-663-1. Paperback, sewn, 240 pages, Size: 16 X 23 cm. € 23.50

Design: Huug Schipper/Studio Tint. Cover: Leon Kranenburg and Loes Sikkes

This publication was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

Previous published in this series:
- Ned Rossiter, Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2006)
- Eric Kluitenberg, Delusive Spaces: Essays on Culture, Media and Technology (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2008)

Press: Please contact Barbera de Kooij at NAiPublishers for more information.

To buy the book visit the NAiPublsihers website.
http://www.naipublishers.nl/art/animal_spirits_e.html (English version)
http://www.naipublishers.nl/kunst/animal_spirits.html (Dutch version)

http://www.networkcultures.org/
http://www.naipublishers.nl/

The book of beasts arrived!

Posted: December 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm  |  By: margreet  |  Tags: ,

The book Animal Spirits: A Bestiairy of the Commons, by Matteo Pasquinelli has arrived from the printers. Congratulations, Matteo!

We are very proud to present this third book in the Studies in Network Cultures series, and we are planning a book launch on Tuesday January 13, 2009 at 17h00. The location and programme will be announced soon.

about the book: After a decade of digital fetishism, the spectres of the financial and energy crisis have also affected new media culture and brought into question the autonomy of networks. Yet activism and the art world still celebrate Creative Commons and the ‘creative cities’ as the new ideals for the Internet generation. Unmasking the animal spirits of the commons, Matteo Pasquinelli identifies the key social conflicts and business models at work behind the rhetoric of Free Culture. The corporate parasite infiltrating file-sharing networks, the hydra of gentrification in ‘creative cities’ such as Berlin and the bicephalous nature of the Internet with its pornographic underworld are three untold dimensions of contemporary ‘politics of the common’. Against the latent puritanism of authors like Baudrillard and Žižek, constantly quoted by both artists and activists, Animal Spirits draws a conceptual ‘book of beasts’. In a world system shaped by a turbulent stock market, Pasquinelli unleashes a politically incorrect grammar for the coming generation of the new commons.

about the author: Matteo Pasquinelli is an Amsterdam-based writer and researcher at the Queen Mary University of London and has an activist background in Italy. He edited the collection Media Activism: Strategies and Practices of Independent Communication (2002) and co-edited C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader (2007). Since 2000, he has been editor of the mailing list Rekombinant (www.rekombinant.org).

Matteo Pasquinelli, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, NAi Publishers, Rotterdam and the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2008.

Cover design: Studio Léon & Loes, Paperback, Illustrated (b/w), 240 pages, 14 x 21 cm. English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-663-1, € 23.50. Published by NAi Publishers, in association with the Institute of Network Cultures, Hogeschool van Amsterdam.