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"NETWORKS AND MARKETS: online forum"
2000-03-13 until 2000-05-23
Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA)
London, , UK United Kingdom

This forum explores the rise of networks and markets as organising principles of global societies, and the new forms of identification that they bring. It explores how these forms intersect with the field of artistic endeavour, suggesting new possibilities for cultural and critical intervention.

Involving participation from both cultural and business communities, Networks and Markets will take a fresh look at consumerism and explore emerging global market ideologies in a serious and critical way. Well aware of what Manthia Diawara describes as the declining importance of history in the face of these market ideologies, as well as their de-localising effects, it will stress the importance of histories and localities in all their varied instantiations - while engaging participation from communities and regions that are underrepresented in net discussions.

*Moderator*

JORDAN CRANDALL, artist and media theorist, founding editor of Blast and director of the X Art Foundation, New York.

*Hosts*

BRIAN HOLMES, cultural critic, translator, and member of the activist art group Ne Pas Plier in Paris.

MARK LEONARD, director of The Foreign Policy Centre in London.

STEVE OUDITT, artist, lecturer at the Caribbean School of Architecture in Kingston, Jamaica and Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

GILANE TAWADROS, director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) in London.

*Invited Guests*

~8 - 14 March~
MARIA FERNANDEZ, art historian who focuses on the intersection of Latin American art, postcolonial theory, and electronic media theory. FRANK POPPER, art historian, author of _Art of the Electronic Age_ .

~15 - 21 March~ OLADELE BAMGBOYE, artist with interests in the aesthetic, ethical and philosophical relationship between the transcultured object and its digital copy within contemporary art.

~22 - 28 March~
ARLENE GOLDBARD, writer and consultant to cultural organisations, specialising in independent media and community-based groups.

~29 March - 4 April~
TIZIANA TERRANOVA, lecturer on digital media in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of East London, with interests in digital economy, cybernetic control, technoevolutionism, and Internet subcultures.

~5 - 11 April~
JERRY EVERARD, senior policy analyst and Information Warfare Adviser to the Australian Department of Defence, author of _Virtual States: The Internet and the Boundaries of the Nation State_.

~12 - 18 April~
DAVID GELERNTER, professor of computer science at Yale working on parallel programming, artificial intelligence and information management.

~19 - 25 April~
SASKIA SASSEN, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, author of works on urbanism and the global economy including _Globalization and Its Discontents: Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money_.

~26 April - 2 May~
MANTHIA DIAWARA, Professor of Africana Studies at New York University, looking at the ways in which Black cultural forms produced in modernity pre-figured much of what now gets called post-modern.

~3 - 9 May~
DAVID WHITTAKER, founding partner of Ascendant Partners Ltd. and involved in several Internet start-ups, with an interest in art, interactive technology, and business.

~10 - 16 May~
TIM JORDAN, lecturer in Sociology at the Open University, emphasis on new social movements and online culture, author of _Cyberpower: The Culture and Politics of Cyberspace and the Internet_.

~17 - 23 May~
RAVI SUNDARAM, Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi and the Joint Director of the Sarai, the New Media Initiative.

The Institute of International Visual Arts, based in London, is an organisation at the forefront of developments in contemporary visual art, new technologies and cultural diversity. The X-Art Foundation, based in New York, furthers critical work on technology and culture, primarily through the online forums of Blast.

For further information, please contact Jordan Crandall at crandall@blast.org.

A book version of Networks and Markets will be published.


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