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Activist Media and Biopolitics

Wolfgang Sützl
Theo Hug

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1CLEMENS APPRICH studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Bordeaux. Since 2008, he has been a doctoral student in cultural studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. He received a doctoral scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2008 – 2010; and had research fellowships at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media. Art. Research in Linz and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has been a long-time collaborator with the Institute for New Culture Technologies/t0 and a member of the media art platform Public Netbase. Since 2009, he has been a member of the editorial staff of Kulturrisse, a journal for radically democratic cultural policies. He was recently the winner of the Tyrolian Culture Initiative’s Open Award 2010.

2PAU ALSINA lives in Barcelona and holds a PhD in the philosophy of culture. He is a lecturer in the Arts and Humanities Studies, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where he coordinates the Contemporary Scientific and Philosophical Thought Area. He is Director of the post-graduate course on Cultural Innovation: New Media and Popular Culture at UOC-LABoral (Center for Art and Creative Industries), editor of Artnodes: E-Journal on Art, Science and Technology ( at UOC, as well as a researcher with the Group on Culture and Society (GRECS). He is co-founder of the YASMIN network of art, science and technology around the Mediterranean rim promoted by UNESCO Digiarts; Leonardo/International Society of Art, Science, and Technology; OLATS; Artnodes/UOC; and Athens University. Recent book publications include Gameplay: Art, Videogames and Culture (2007), Art and Complexity Sciences (with Josep Perelló, 2010), and Art, Science and Technology (2007).

3JOSHUA ATKINSON is an assistant professor in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His research explores the role of alternative media in new social movements and activist networks, and has been published in prominent communication journals such as Critical Studies in Media Communication and Communication, Culture and Critique. His current research explores the role of diffused intertextual production in the construction of alternative cityscapes, as well as the role of alternative media in right-wing social movements.

4SUZANNE V. L. BERG is a graduate student at Bowling Green State University in the School of Media and Communication. Her research focuses on rhetorical issues of digital copyright and intellectual property law.

5GEOFF COX holds a PhD and is currently a Researcher in Digital Aesthetics as part of the Digital Urban Living Research Centre, Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University (Denmark). He is also an occasional artist, writer, and Associate Curator of Online Projects, Arnolfini, Bristol (UK); adjunct faculty, Transart Institute, Berlin/New York; and Associate Professor (Reader), University of Plymouth (UK) where he is part of the KURATOR/Art and Social Technologies Research group. Amongst other things, he is a founding editor for the DATA Browser book series (published by Autonomedia, New York), and he co-edited Economising Culture (2004), Engineering Culture (2005), and Creating Insecurity (2009). He is currently working on a book that speculates about the performative and transformation action of code.

6ALESSANDRO DELFANTI holds a PhD in science and society and teaches sociology of new media at the University of Milan. A former biologist, he studies the sharing practices of the life sciences and the way these practices interact with scientists’culture and the socioeconomic configuration of contemporary biology. He works as an editor for the open access Journal of Science Communication. His book, Biohackers, will be published by Pluto Press in 2012.

7EDDIE GLENN is a doctoral student in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Kansas. With emphases on political communication and public address, his primary area of research is the rhetorical intersection between American Indian nations and the United States Government. He also conducts research in rhetoric education, specifically studying the role of imitation in rhetoric pedagogies from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century.

8CAROLYN GUERTIN is a cyberfeminist, photographer, and digital media scholar. She is assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, and is a faculty member at Transart Institute, a low-residency MFA program in Berlin/New York. She earned her PhD in Digital Narrative from the University of Alberta in 2003 and, from 2004 to 2006, she was Senior McLuhan Fellow and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. She has published, exhibited, and taught internationally. Her book called Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art will be published by Continuum International Publishers in 2012.

9CLIFF HAMMETT is a new media meddler and creative tinkerer. His present interest is in technological interventions that can sustain, disrupt, initiate, or integrate with different forms of organisation, and what this teaches us about the technologies and social forms involved. He is currently a postgraduate student in the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, and is working with Alexandra Jönsson on developing FLOSS mobile telephony strategies with activist networks in the sex industry.

10VALERIE HARTOUNI is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Although much of her research has been situated at the intersection of cultural and science studies, and has examined the workings of medical, legal, scientific, and popular discourses on the contested terrains of such issues as abortion, infertility, gender identity, and AIDS, she has just completed a book length manuscript on Hannah Arendt and the banality of evil.

11THEO HUG holds a Dr. phil. and is a professor at the Institute of Psychosocial Intervention and Communication Studies at the University of Innsbruck, and coordinator of the Innsbruck Media Studies research group. His areas of interest include media education and media literacy; e-education and micro learning; theory of knowledge; and methodology and philosophy of science. He is particularly interested in interfaces of mediatisation and knowledge dynamics as well as learning processes. Some of his recent work focuses on instant knowledge, bricolage, and the didactics of micro learning.

12jan jagodzinski is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he teaches visual art and media education and curricular issues as they relate to postmodern concerns of gender politics, cultural studies, and media (film and television). He is a founding member of the Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education (NAEA) and serves on the advisory board of numerous journals. He is co-editor with Mark Bracher for the book series Pedagogy, Psychoanalysis, Transformation (Palgrave Press). His books include Musical Fantasies: A Lacanian Approach (Palgrave, 2005); Television and Youth: Televised Paranoia (Palgrave, 2008); The Deconstruction of the Oral Eye: Art and its Education in an Era of Designer Capitalism (Palgrave, 2010); Arts Based Research: A Critique and Proposal (Sense Publishers, in progress); Postmodern Antigones: Marco Bellochio’s Devil in the Flesh (Intellect Publishers).

13ALEXANDRA JÖNSSON is a media practitioner with a MA in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice, Goldsmiths University of London. She conducts practical research in the field of gender and minority discrimination in technology-based projects. She is currently conducting speculative experiments with open source mobile software in collaboration with Cliff Hammett in order to expose software’s activist potential in social environments. She is interested in practical research methods that can sustain and explore connections among the technological knowledge (s) layered in both technical and social systems.

14ANDREAS OBERPRANTACHER holds a PhD and is a senior researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Innsbruck, Austria; core faculty member of the UNESCO Chair in Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria; senior lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, Oslo University College and Kulturstudier, Pondicherry, India; senior lecturer at the Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand; and senior lecturer at the MA Program in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation, University of Innsbruck, Austria. His latest publications include: co-edited with Marie-Luisa Frick, Power and Justice in International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Challenges (2009); “Beyond Rivalry? Rethinking Community in View of Apocalyptical Violence” in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, vol. 17 (2010); “Bare Life: Sovereignty, Biopower and Modern Slavery in Contemporary Political Theory” in Racism, Slavery, and Literature, editors Wolfgang Zach and Ulrich Pallua (2010).

15ETIENNE PELAPRAT is the Sanford I. Berman Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in 2010 from the Department of Communication at UC San Diego. His research examines the biopolitics of the end of life by developing a cultural and social critique of the cognitive neurosciences, end of life medicine, and the managerial rationalities of capital and the state, which increasingly organize practices at the threshold of life and death.

16RAQUEL RENNÓ is an associate professor at the Institute of Arts and Design at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil. She is also a digital art researcher at the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brazil, a member of the Institut Català D’Antropologia (ICA, Barcelona) and of the Scientific Board of the Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica, Brazil. She holds a PhD in communication and semiotics and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Photonics Department at Mackenzie University, Brazil. Since 2001, she hast worked on digital art projects with artists from Spain and France, and presented pieces at Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Germany), ACM Multimedia, Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, Matadero Madrid, among others. Her book Do Mármore ao Vidro: Mercados públicos e Supermercados, Curva e Reta Sobre a Cidade was published in 2006 and analyses urban space as a medium. She is a member of ZZZINC, an association for cultural innovation and research in Barcelona, Spain.

17CLAUDIA SCHWARZ is a research associate at ACADEMIA SUPERIOR — Institute for Future Studies, a think tank located in Linz, Austria. As a lecturer and former assistant professor at the Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck, her research interests include media ethics, new media, journalism, creative nonfiction, American culture, and transdisciplinary American Studies (forthcoming book: The Ethics of Storytelling: American Media and the Quest for ‘ Truth’).

18WOLFGANG SÜTZL is a philosopher and media theorist, as well as a translator for English, Spanish, and Italian. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Valencia, Spain) with a thesis on Gianni Vattimo. He also holds an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK (1990), and a Mag. phil. in translation (E/Sp) from the University of Vienna (1989). He is a faculty member at Transart Institute (Berlin/New York) as well as core faculty at the University of Innsbruck’s MA Program in Peace Studies. He is a senior researcher in the research project on media activism at the University of Innsbruck (Austrian Science Fund), collaborating with Theo Hug and Felix Stalder. Recent publications in English include Creating Insecurity (ed. with Geoff Cox) and “Banquets, Blasphemy and Grotesque Bodies: Carnivalesque Forms in Biopolitical Media Activism”.

19ROY WAGNER received a PhD from Tel Aviv University’s mathematics department in 1997, and ten years later a PhD at the same university’s Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. He publishes papers in cultural studies, history, and philosophy of mathematics. He has held visiting positions at Boston University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Hebrew University’s Edelstein Center. He is currently a Buber fellow at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem and a member of the Political Lexicon project at Tel Aviv University’s Minerva Center for the Humanities.

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