The Goethe Institute’s Kultursymposium Weimar will be a major event of which I expect a shift in our research about sharing. Thanks to Andreas Ströhl and his fellow workers for preparing this exciting event, and for inviting me to speak.

Sharing and exchange are basic human cultural practices. They play as big a role in poor countries as in affluent societies. But when do I share – and with whom? What social and cultural developments emerge from the various forms and manifestations of sharing and exchange? What is the meaning of trust in times of couch surfing and car sharing?

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The research/Ph.D. workshop EXCESSIVE RESEARCH relates to the announcement of transmediale 2016 “Conversation Piece” which examines some of the compulsive activities of contemporary digital culture in which we are encouraged to stay active, to make, to share and to secure. A culture of sharing, for instance, is evidently one of the most noticeable compulsory effects of a networked society and how value is created.


A talk at the Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, on 5 March 2015. Co-organized with the Aesthetic Seminar at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University. An essay on sharing is contained in the exhibition catalog accompanying Kunsthal’s exhibition Extreme Sharing, by the Danish collective N55. You can watch a documentation of the talk on vimeo.

Photo: Kunsthal Aarhus/N55


WOUB Interview

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Follow this link to a conversation with Dawn Jewell, on media, activism, and protest movements. Broadcast on WOUB on 20 December 2014.

 


elseTransart has published a great first issue of ELSE, Journal International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media. You can access the journal by clicking on the image.  An article of mine on the Anti-Economy of Sharing is on pp. 120-140, paired with photographs by Julia Forrest. Cover photograph by Christopher Danowski and Laura González.


Universitat Jaume I at Castellón, Spain, is hosting a major international conference on Communication, Civil Society, and Social Change to be held on 20-22 May 2015. As a member of the scientific committee, I am pleased to take part in preparing this enterprise. Please visit the conference website for more information. Submissions should be uploaded via easychair by 12 October 2014.


The conference program for the 2014 ICA Preconference is online and can be accessed here.