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The Society of Post-Control


    Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
    Sunday January 22, 2017 - 12.00 - 18.00 

    Drawing on Michael Seemann’s concept of Digital Tailspin (“Kontrollverlust”) this expanded conversation will explore the idea that a situation has emerged where the overwhelming complexity of technological and socio-economic systems is giving rise to an ever increasing number of unpredictable and uncontrollable events. How do civic rights advocates, activists, image makers and artists respond to this evolving context of Post-Control? Are there new opportunities for progressive emancipatory politics that are able to surf the chaos as effectively as the insurgent populists of the new right (alt.right and beyond)? How to respond to ‘Post-Control’ online and offline?


    Michael Seemann
    Geert Lovink
    Ingrid Eel
    Ian Alan Paul
    Bernardo Gutiérrez
    Steve Kurtz
    Marc Tuters
    Kim de Groot
    David Garcia
    Hadi Al Khatib & Jeff Deutch (respondents)
    Eric Kluitenberg (moderator)

    Timetable The Society of Post-Control

    12.00  -     Doors open
    12.30  -     Welcome / introduction Eric Kluitenberg

    13.00  -     Michael Seemann - Digital Tailspin and Post-Control
    13.15  -     Interview with Seemann by Geert Lovink
    13.45  -        Responses / discussion with Hadi al Kathabi & Jeff Deutch.

    14.00  -    David Garcia - Meme Wars in the Society of Post-Control
    14.30  -    Marc Tuters  - Did the U.S. just elect a meme?
    .               DIY Propaganda, Post-Truth & the 2016 U.S. Election
    15.00  -   Responses / discussion with Kim de Groot

    Changement / Coffee Break

    16.00  -     Ingrid Eel  - ON LEGIBILITY (performance)

    16.30  -      Bernardo Gutiérrez - Glopbal Squares
    17.00  -     Ian Alan Paul - The Guantanamo Bay Museum / Conditions of Possibility
    17.30  -     Response: Steve Kurtz - Tactical Considerations
    .                & Closing discussion

    See also the report by Iona Sharp Casas.