The Internet as Playground and Factory

Posted November 10, 2009 by jmacphee in Events

Our NYC readers might be interested in this conference coming up this week:

Rothenberg.jpgThe Internet as Playground and Factory: A Conference on Digital Labor
Thursday, November 12, through Saturday, November 14, 2009
The New School, 66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City
veralistcenter.org | digitallabor.org

This conference confronts the urgent need to interrogate the concepts of labor and value in the digital economy and seeks to inspire proposals for action. There are currently few adequate definitions of labor that fit the complex, hybrid realities of the digital economy. The Internet as Playground and Factory poses a series of questions about the conundrums surrounding labor (and often the labor of love) in relation to our digital present. It is the first in a series of biennial conferences titled The Politics of Digital Media.

Participants include Mark Andrejevic, Burak Arikan, Adam Arvidsson, Ayhan Aytes, Banu Bargu, Chris Barr, Michel Bauwens, Jonathan Beller, Fred Benenson, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ted Byfield, Paolo Carpignano, Sumita Chakravarty, Heather Chaplin, Mark Coté, Brittany Anne Chozinski, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Gabriella Coleman, Geoff Cox, Jeff Crouse, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Sean Cubitt, Jodi Dean, Laura E. DeNardis, DJ N-RON, Jesse Drew, Catherine Driscoll, Kate Eichhorn, Niva Elkin-Koren, Lauren Ellsworth, Ursula Endlicher, Laura Forlano, Christian Fuchs, Francesco Gagliardi, Alexander Galloway, Michael H. Goldhaber, David Golumbia, Ellen Goodman, Melissa Gregg, James Grimmelman, Alex Halavais, Orit Halpern, Paul Hartzog, Joseph Heathcott, Brian Holmes, Lilly Irani, Carolyn Lee Kane, Pat Kane, M. Christopher Kelty, Scott Kildall and Victoria Scott, Abigail De Kosnik, Julian Kücklich, Ferentz Lafargue, Mark Larrimore, Deborah Levitt, Laura Liu, Thomas Malaby, Edward Maloney, Meredith L. McGill, Christina McPhee, Ulises Mejias, Robert Mitchell, Nick Montfort, Lisa Nakamura, Gina Neff, Luis Vincent Nunez, Timothy Pachirat, Frank Pasquale, Christiane Paul, Ben Peters, Dominic Pettman, Hector Postigo, Howard Rheingold, Alex Rivera, Martin Roberts, Judith Rodenbeck, Kenneth Rogers, Ned Rossiter, Stephanie Rothenberg, Douglas Rushkoff, Ivan Sigal, Brooke Singer, Hendrick Speck, Julia Sonnevend, Elizabeth Stark, Yuri Takhteyev, Fred Turner, McKenzie Wark, Darren Wershler, and Jonathan L. Zittrain.

The conference was preceded by a panel on September 29 entitled Changing Labor Value that featured Andrew Ross, Tiziana Terranova and McKenzie Wark and presented as annotations in space Web-based art projects by Burak Arikan, Ursula Endlicher, Scott Kildall and Victoria Scott, Aaron Koblin, and Stephanie Rothenberg and Jeff Crouse.

The conference is sponsored by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and presented in cooperation with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School for Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics on occasion of the center's 2009/2010 program cycle "Speculating on Change."

Image: Stephanie Rothenberg and Jeff Crouse, Invisible Threads/Double Happiness Jeans (2008).

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