[NetBehaviour] suggestions -course on Internet Culture and Community

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 03:48:32 CEST 2020

Hi Johannes,
This in a way is what I have to avoid, being swamped with references. I'm
working with undergraduates and it's a general course. One or two
references would be great. These are people who are not in theater or dance
but undergraduates from various areas. There are very few if any histories;
I've used Peter Salus before for example but it's way too old. I'll use
these references for myself, but I can't possibly go through so many.
The course will be shaped by what I find, it can go in any number of
directions. It will be online, I won't require offline reading by the
students. There are probably hundreds of thousands of articles online; I've
downloaded in the past maybe 200 of them. I'm swamped by myself!
Thanks greatly, Alan, the list is definitely useful for me!

On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 7:06 PM Johannes Birringer <
Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:

> 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
> https://jer.openlibhums.org/
> 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):
> https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/2016-da9005/about/
> That outline and their syllabus might give you stimulus.
> best
> 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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