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The registration for the conference on 30th September is closed. You can still join the waiting list and be assigned a seat in case of absence of a registered participant. Please, register to the waiting list by sending your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference focuses on the ideological implications of technology and hybrid cultural infrastructures in creating communities and public spaces. Today, the Baltic region is buying into the grand promises of communications technology and the “internet of things.” But the purported benefit of these trends are in contradiction with other pressing realities within contemporary society, such as “industries of crisis,” which, within regimes of global capital, have generated entirely new forms of human-made disaster. These industries of crisis have also fomented new forms of resistance, dissent, and civic engagement using network technologies to enable globally synchronized protests. This other set of trends have also engendered new, diverse aesthetics of dissent wherein cultural and artistic influence have found ways to amplify these emergent forms of civic engagement for greater impact.
The speakers will explore these topics and reflect on the tactics, strategies, aesthetics, and possibilities of public involvement in the formation of cultural and urban policies pertaining to the production of public space.
9:30AM-12PM INDUSTRIES OF CRISIS AND THE GLOBAL CIVITAS:
Šarūnas Bagdonas (For Lithuania without Quotation Marks, Lithuania), Julija Reklaitė (Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Italy), Nomeda Urbonas (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway), Gediminas Urbonas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA): pro-test lab timeline
– Saskia Sassen: Urbanizing Technology (Columbia University, USA)
– Gintautas Mažeikis: Poetics of Publicity: an Ecstasy and Manifestation of the Political (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)
Discussants: Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Institute, The Netherlands) & Skaidra Trilupaitytė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Lithuania)
1-3:30PM “DESIGN BY RIGHT” AND PROTEST THROUGH PARTICIPATION:
– Rick Lowe: Redefining Art in the Social Context (Project Row Houses, USA)
– Doina Petrescu & Constantin Petcou: Designing, Building and Struggling for Urban Commons (University of Sheffield, UK / atelier d’architecture autogeree, France)
Discussants: Elena Archipovaitė (Independent urban development practitioner affiliated with Norwegian University of Science and Technology Live Studio, Norway), Rasa Baločkaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), Ed Carroll (Blue Drum, Ireland), and Tomas S.Butkus (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania)
3:30-6PM NETWORKED DEMOCRACY AND THE FUTURE OF RESISTANCE:
– Jodi Dean: Communicative Capitalism and Class Struggle (Hobart and William Smith College, USA)
– Sasha Costanza-Chock: Transformative Media in Networked Social Movements (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Discussants: Andrius Bielskis (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania) & Maryja Šupa (Vilnius University, Lithuania), Julija Reklaitė (Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Italy)
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