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The aesthetics of networked cooperation

From the participation of the user in Web 2.0 to global activism

Young people seem to be waking up, it’s the time of emporiums. In metropolises from Tunis or Cairo to Madrid, New York or Frankfurt to Istanbul or Rio de Janeiro, masses of protesting people suddenly gather to question the power system and want to participate.

Although the Internet or social networks do not have to be the means of organization, they have gradually changed the culture and expectations, which is now becoming more and more apparent: in politics, but also in art or science. People are no longer satisfied with the traditional role of passive consumer, spectator or voter, they want to be players and active part of an acting collective, which does not want to be represented or represented any more. One could speak of a digital spring or a digital. of a "performative democracy" (Peter Sloterdijk) speak.

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Civil society was and still is afraid of the masses, collectives and groups are supposed to be ordered and controlled, while the reality of digital media offers the possibility of local, but also transnational, even global self-organization without an ordering and regulating center. Such cooperations, which intertwine action in real and virtual spaces, can be loose, spread virally and immediately die out, or end in destructiveness, or they can develop forms of acting together that find continuity. What is striking is that in the protests a media aesthetic is staged. In the Telepolis discussion, we want to discuss to what extent aesthetics also plays a role for forms of cooperation in politics, art and science, and whether this perspective can open up possibilities for successful forms of cooperation.

Telepolis talked

Prof. Peter Weibel, Chairman of the ZKM. Image: Uli Deck, © ZKM

Peter Weibel, politically oriented action and media artist, director of the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, gave an assessment of the phenomenon of global protests from the perspective of media theory.

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Hubertus Coal

Hubertus Coal, art scientist at the LMU, spoke about the consequences of the digital participatory revolution in the sciences.

Afterwards, the speakers discussed the aesthetics of cooperation, moderated by Florian Rotzer, editor-in-chief of Telepolis.

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