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Institute of Network Cultures News

The Institute of Network Cultures wishes you a very happy and inspiring 2009!

The INC starts the new year with the book launch of Animal Spirits by Matteo Pasquinelli, the third publication in the series of Studies in Network Cultures, on 20 January at Waag Society, Amsterdam.

From 3-9 March, the INC organizes Winter Camp, workspaces and presentations for creative and collaborative networks.

And in May, the Department of Film and Video at the Academy of Arts University of Split and Platforma 9.81 will organize the 4th edition of Video Vortex in Split, Croatia.


Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, by Matteo Pasquinelli

Book Launch Tuesday 20 January 2009 at 17h00 at Waag Society.
With contributions by Geert lovink, Sebastian Olma and Merijn Oudenampsen.

The Institute of Network Cultures proudly presents the third publication in the Studies in Network Cultures series. This book series, edited by Geert Lovink, is a collaboration between the Institute of Network Cultures (INC) and NAi Publishers.

What: Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons Book Launch
When: Tuesday 20th of January at 17h00, open at 16h45
Where: Waag Society, Theatrum Anatomicum, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam
Free entrance from 16h45 on to attend the launch

About the book; After a decade of digital fetishism, the spectres of the financial and energy crisis have also affected new media culture and brought into question the autonomy of networks. Yet activism and the art world still celebrate Creative Commons and the ‘creative cities’ as the new ideals for the Internet generation. Unmasking the animal spirits of the commons, Matteo Pasquinelli identifies the key social conflicts and business models at work behind the rhetoric of Free Culture. The corporate parasite infiltrating file-sharing networks, the hydra of gentrification in ‘creative cities’ such as Berlin and the bicephalous nature of the Internet with its pornographic underworld are three untold dimensions of contemporary ‘politics of the common’. Against the latent puritanism of authors like Baudrillard and Žižek, constantly quoted by both artists and activists, Animal Spirits draws a conceptual ‘book of beasts’. In a world system shaped by a turbulent stock market, Pasquinelli unleashes a politically incorrect grammar for the coming generation of the new commons.

About the author: Matteo Pasquinelli is an Amsterdam-based writer and researcher at the Queen Mary University of London and has an activist background in Italy. He edited the collection Media Activism: Strategies and Practices of Independent Communication (2002) and co-edited C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader (2007). Since 2000, he has been editor of the mailing list Rekombinant (

Design: Studio Tint, Huug Schipper, Cover design: Studio Léon & Loes, Paperback, Illustrated (b/w), 240 pages, 14x21cm. English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-663-1, € 23.50.

Realisation of the book with the support of the Mondriaan Foundation. 
Realisation of the launch with the support of Waag Society.

Earlier editions in the series Studies in Network Cultures:
Ned Rossiter, Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute for Network Cultures, 2006).
Eric Kluitenberg, Delusive Spaces: Essays on Culture, Media and Technology (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers and Amsterdam: Institute for Network Cultures, 2008).

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4th edition of Video Vortex takes place in Split, Croatia

On 22-23 May, 2009 the fourth edition of Video Vortex will take place in Split, Croatia. The Department of Film and Video at the Academy of Arts University of Split and Platforma 9.81 will organize the event, in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. After previous events on online video and responses to YouTube in Brussels, Amsterdam and Ankara, this event will focus on the moving image on the Web.

We invite contributions for the following themes:
-Telepresence and Web Aesthetics
-Social Cinema
-Architecture and Moving Image
-Video Sharing
-Technology and politics of the moving image
-Literature and video online narrative

Video Vortex Split will also feature five cinema events; upload cinema, mobile phone cinema, social cinema, cinematic data base, and performative cinema.

For more information about the event contact Dan Oki (danoki [at] 

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Network Cultures Winter Camp, 3-7 March '09 

Winter Camp is an event, organized by the Institute of Network Cultures and will take place 3-7 March ‘09 in Amsterdam. Network Cultures Winter Camp will be a mix of presentations and work spaces with an emphasis on getting things done.

Following networks will participate in Winter Camp: Blender, Bricolabs, Creative Labour,, Edufactory, Floss Manuals, freeDimensional Network, Genderchangers, GOTO10, Microvolunteerism, MyCreativity and Upgrade!. 

This event is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting Democratie & Media and the Mondriaan Foundation.

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Two INC readers in a second printing

Because of an overwhelming success, two recent publications by the Institute of Network Cultures are being reprinted: the Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube and MyCreativity Reader: A Critique of Creative Industries.

The books will be delivered at the INC at the end of January, and can be ordered on our website. They are also available as a pdf.

More information:


Institute of Network Cultures Blog


Overview INC Publications


Institute of Network Cultures Media Archive


Geert Lovink’s Net critique blog


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