Unlike Us #3 - Social Media: Design or Decline

On March 22nd and 23rd 2013 the Institute of NetworkCultures will organize the event Unlike Us #3. The aim of Unlike Us is to establish a research network of artists, designers, scholars, activists and programmers who work on 'alternatives in social media'. Unlike Us was founded in July 2011. Through workshops, conferences, online dialogues and publications, Unlike Us intends to both analyze the economic and cultural aspects of dominant social media platforms and to propagate the further development and proliferation of alternative, decentralized social media software.

Unlike Us 3 - flyer

Unlike Us 3 - flyer


Is the word 'social' hollowed out, or does it still have some meaning? How to understand the thunderous growth of mobile uses in social media? Is there really something like a Facebook riot and how do we start one? Theorists, programmers and artists alike react to the monopolies that control social media - by designing decentralized networks, creating art that's criticizing and surprising at the same time or by trying to understand the big networks from within. Meet them at the third Unlike Us conference organized by the Institute of Network Cultures on 22-23 March 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

International speakers discuss both the big gestures of Theory, the ambitious plans of artists, programmers and activists. There are workshops to put Unlike Us into practice without delay and discussions on specific issues that Unlike Us hasn't dealt with so far. The different themes will cover theory and critique, decentralization, mobile use, activism, and the art and politics of social networks.

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About Unlike Us

Unlike Us #1 took place in Limassol, Cyprus on November 23 2011 and was the kickoff event for the Unlike Us network. In March 2012 the second event on 'alternatives in social media' was held in Amsterdam, where artists, designers, scholars, activists and programmers gathered.

For more information the Unlike Us network visit: