Net Works – Pitch for a Social Network Sphere
Opening: September 23, 2020, 7pm – 9pm (artists and curator present)
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“Net Works – Pitch for a Social Network Sphere” is an online exhibition and space for open debates about our global network society from a historical, socio-political, and queer-feminist perspective in collaboration with artists, networks, and community leaders based in Europe.
Digital connections have become a necessary means of social participation in the twenty-first century. As the pandemic wreaked havoc around the globe in 2020, quarantine and social distancing have given the network society (Castells) and digital activism a substantial push. The online exhibition “Net Works” looks at the current condition of the network society as well as at Europe as a network of divergent political, economic, and cultural actors. By inviting artists, cultural workers, individuals, community leaders, politicians, social workers, etc. the project wants to investigate how “the net” works: What kind of communities, networks, and movements have been galvanized into action since the Corona Crisis? How is the EU—as a network of nation states—operating during times of crises? What challenges arise after being cut off from physical interaction and what acts of solidarity have thus emerged? How has the Internet been revived as a borderless sphere and a space for community building—and what part does data mining and tracking play? And lastly, how can a social network sphere survive post-quarantine and enshrine solidarity beyond borders?
Inspired by the architectural centrality of both the ancient Greek agorà and Bentham’s Panopticon, the exhibition will tackle how dichotomies of solidarity and nationalism have been created in Europe in times of crises and especially during the Corona Crisis. On the other hand, it will focus on how a strong digital network society emerges in spite of these dire developments. Finally, “Net Works” makes a pitch for a strong, border-free, non-hierarchical, interconnected, and equal Social Network Sphere.
With contributions by:
Parwana Amiri, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Bernadette Anzengruber, Maya Attoun, Between Bridges, Louis Cameron, Constant Dullaart, Lucas Gabellini-Fava, Rajkamal Kahlon, Egor Kraft, MAI LING, Panayiotis Michael + Maria Petrides, Timea Oravecz, Vasilios Papapitsios, Stefanie Seibold, Darja Shatalova + Maria Belova, Technopolitics, Borjana Ventzislavova, Christina Werner, and European networks, NGOs, podcasts, media outlets, etc.