Plenary Lecture 1 : Introduction and Overview : Monica Nerula , The Delhi decleration, a new context for new media

The role new media plays in contemporary culture and globally. ICT contemporary culture as its being built currently.

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Monica Nerula is part of the Raqs Media Collective and a co-initiator of the Sarai Programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies Delhi. She is the coordinator of the Media Lab.

delhi declaration: agenda developed in delhi, sarai, working meeting of an international practitioners

why speak of culture?
“if development is seen not as growth in gdp or increases in object
as an enhancement of the cultural basis of people…

we need first to ask what necessary conditions of embedding of cultures; protocols and social paradigms; of nesting new media if it is to play a vital role

a new media culture is a set of practices which basis itself on communication; accross & within societies

often inflected by dynamics of economic and political power: social & cultural capital

digital divide, but more complex
-it’s not just about access as much as it is about differential communicative entitlement

-you can have an open source communication system but without an extension into daily life it can remain inactive

-media based practices depend a lot more on the existence of transmitting and receiving divices

gather all our network to produce meaningful and enjoyable signals

provocation, pleasure, plentitude, enquiry

different durations and frequencies
practice & time

in south asia express a healthy diversity in the face of formal ip
rather than having every culutural good available for one time sale
it places imparatives whithing a larger space giving/sharing

remix/repurpose characterize instants of applied modernity

where legality meets illegality and transgression
resiliant thinking which takes the above besides collaboration

in a broader sense especially over long duration collaborative cultural work is necessary; what we make today is collaborative material for the future

needed: freedom of speech, increased mobility of media/words/visuals

needed : open sharing, wide developing of approaches, mix and usage of cultural resources/ideas

they construct intermedia processes, co-exist in certain spaces some which are formal some are informal, located between and accross disciplines, expressed in a tangential relationship to the requirements of legality

recognition that all new media processes new context media, instances of what hapens when a range of comm practices (artists & telecomm) take on different recombinant possibilities

continuous renewal of conceptual field of context in order to enable

think about combining new of today and new of yesterday

priviliging is unmindful of ecology of media landscape and existing relationship between practices

draw strenghts from every day collaborations

all practitioners bring together markers of history/cultural/spacial/emmerging traditions

able to available a neighborhood of affinities

we need to work with understanding necessary difficulties of translation before we claim understanding; what we do not know, before we can claim mutual undersatnding; access to materials research (sharing)

delhi declaration endorses a plurality of ways of media uses: aesthetic, recursive, social, etc.

the commons constituted grow, no masterplan, overall design

ethic of collegial criticism across boundaries of tastes/disciplines/cultural

diverse commons, different modes, dissolution
agreement value of common itself

practice of a network culture: listening and speaking

time to move beyond mutual recognition; first wave new media practices

clique of cliques

openness, work with difficulties, language (important question)

how to build a network of networks

granting access in the global south/north

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