Institute of Network Cultures (NL)

The  Institute of Network Cultures is a research group at the faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. It was founded in 2004 by Geert Lovink and focusses on the establishment of sustainable research networks on online culture. Emerging critical topics are identified and shaped in a practical sense. Interdisciplinary in character, the INC brings together researchers, artists, activists, programmers, designers, students and teachers. The INC analyzes and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. Its projects evolve around digital publishing, alternative revenue models, online video and design, digital counter culture and much more.

Aksioma (SI)

Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana is a non-profit cultural institution based in Ljubljana (Slovenia) interested in projects that utilise new technologies in order to investigate and discuss the structures of modern society.
Over the last ten years Aksioma has grown from producing individual projects to organising and producing an annual programme of events inside and outside gallery spaces, at home and abroad. It also runs Aksioma | Project Space with a focus on artistic practices that hack the role of mass media in society and interpret its narratives through a subversive, critical and ironic manner


NERO is an international publishing house devoted to art, criticism and contemporary culture. Founded in Rome in 2004, it publishes artists’ books, catalogs, editions and essays. NERO explores present and future imaginaries beyond any field of specialization, format or code – as visual arts, music, philosophy, politics, aesthetics or fictional narrations – extensively investigating unconventional perspectives and provocative outlooks to decipher the essence of this ever changing reality.

Echo Chamber (BE)

Echo Chamber is a small-scale, non-profit organization based in Brussels. It has the mission to research, document and occasionally raise funds for the production of radical works and to strengthen speculative practices in the field of contemporary comics. Its programme consists in the following engagement formats: 1) Shapereader, an international system of tactile communication for comics makers with visual disabilities. 2) Futures of Comics, a public programme of non-academic research in comics. 3) Synthetic Comics, a production team dedicated to the integration of computational tools in the production of comics. 4) Disintegration, a portfolio of media conservation techniques for comics collectorship. 5) Publishing comics research, a collaboration with academic publishers for comics scholarship. 6) Comics Archives on Monoskop and Ubuweb. 7) Topovoros, a publishing initiative based in Athens. 8) a Residency program for emerging and mid-career comics professionals (currently in beta phase). 9) an Internship program that explores the ethics and politics of comics in the age of Big Data.



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