[NetBehaviour] suggestions -course on Internet Culture and Community

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Fri Jun 12 01:03:51 CEST 2020

Dear Alan and all
what an interesting question, I don't remember that we've discussed (or shared info and syllabi) teaching or pedogical strategies much here before, and it
is a timely issue, Alan, since as you may know many of those of us who also teach are now being asked, by the universities and art schools, to prepare what they call 'dual delivery', i.e. some presence teaching and some online teaching. If you plan to do a course on internet culture & community, can you perhaps tell us a bit more what you imagine this to mean for your own practice? I mean you mentioned a few things, but net history is different from specific art or telematic practices as they may have evolved in between music or dance or network artists or those working across media and digital and filmic/video arts and activisms (just think of the Electronic Disturbance Theatre or 80s and 90s precursors (networked performances) to the more current and what you call 'in time' things (and Second Life or other virtual and game related or mixed reality/VR things, or the kind of performances that ADaPT did or Annie Abramans and others are doing now, there must be a uge amount of examples, though I have not seen many or any books. But there's got to be a "history" of list servs and communities, for example the kind of networked art curated/discussed on the CRUMB list on curating digital art [www.crumbweb.org], and each day I find out new things (no in the zoom  & teams era of constant-conferencing). Did you know there is a journal of video articles?

Journal of Embodied Research:  JER

in terms of books, a few I have collected, over the years.....:

Brouwer, Jokje , and Arjen Mulder, Susan Charlton, eds. Information is Alive   - Art and Theory on Archiving and Retrieving Data. Rotterdam: V2_Publishing/NAI Publishers, 2003.
Chandler, Annmarie and Norie Neumark, eds,  At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet,  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.
Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong and Thomas Keenan, New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. London: Routledge, 2006. 
Critical Art Ensemble, Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2001.
de Medeiros, Maria Beatriz, ed., Arte e tecnologia na cultura contemporânea.  Brasilia: Universidade de Brasilia, 2002.
Dixon, Steve Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art and Installation, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007.
Doruff, Sher, "Collaborative Culture,"  in Brouwer, J., Mulder, A. , Charlton, S., eds. (2003) Making Art of Databases. Rotterdam: V2_ Publishing/NAI Publishers, pp. 70-99.
Dreyfus, Hubert L., ON the Internet. New York:  Routledge, 2001. 
England, David, Schiphorst, Thecla, Bryan-Kinns, Nick (eds.) Curating the Digital:  Space for Art and Interaction. Basel: Springer 2016
Gere, Charlie, Community without Community in Digital Culture,  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Galloway, Alexander, Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.
Graham, Beryl and Cook, Sarah (2010),  Rethinking Curating Art after New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Grau, Oliver, ed.,  MediaArtHistories, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.
Hassan, Robert. Media, Politics, and the Network Society. Maidenhead: Open University, 2004.
Lovink, Gert , Dark Fibre:  Tracking Critical Internet Culture. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.
Lovink, Geert and Niederer, Sabine, eds., Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2008.  
Medeiros, M.B. de,  Corpos Informáticos:  arte, corpo, tecnologia. Brasilia: FAC, 2006.
Medosch, Armin.  Dive. An introduction to the World of Free Software and Copyleft Culture. Liverpool: FACT, 2003. 
Munster, Anna, An Aesthesia of Networks. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013.
Rheingold, Howard, Smart Mobs:  The Next Social Revolution.  Cambridge, MA:  Perseus Publ., 2002.
Rokeby, David (2019) “Perspectives on Algorithmic Performance through the Lens of Interactive Art,”  TDR 63.4, 88-98.
Salter, Chris Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015.
Scholder, Amy & Jordan Crandall, eds., Interaction:  Artistic Practice in the Network. New York: D.A.P., 2001.
Stallabrass, Julian, Internet Art:  The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce. London: Tate Publishing, 2003.
Steyerl, Hito, The Wretched of the Screen, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012.
Tribe, Mark and Reena Jana, New Media Art, Köln: Taschen, 2007.
Bruns, Axel, Blogs, Wikipedia, Second lLfe and Beyond: From Production to Produsage, New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

Randall Packer and Galina Mihalova a few years ago taught a networked/online course out of Singapore that seemed fascinating (on Media and Perforrmance):


That outline and their syllabus might give you stimulus.

Johannes Birringer

Alan Sondheim [schreibt]

Hi - if it makes I'll be teaching a course on Internet Culture and
Community this fall online; I'm writing to ask if you could recommend
a textbook of sorts that I might use as a reference. None of the books
I've seen are in date. I need it to cover some of Net history, a
brief description of things like packets and TCP/IP, maybe mention of
AOL and early communities like newsgroups and email lists, through
the present proliferation of the Net everywhere - political, social
issues, etc. - including controversies like access, surveillance,
control, etc. In other words an outline or survey. Any suggestions
greatly appreciated. This would be for me more than the students, a
way of organizing content around the digital sphere that permeates
almost all of us now. Free access wd be great, any suggestions at
all more than appreciated.

A second request - almost all my work is disseminated through email
lists or Facebook. I'm pretty much under the radar; are there any
other social apps you might recommend where there is actual
discussion of work, at least on occasion? Things like Twitter don't
work, given the complexity of what I do, I think (maybe it's not
that complex, I don't know).  Again, any suggestions would be
greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!

Best, Alan
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