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Next 5 Minutes 4 Festival
Festival due to take place September 11 - 14, 2003
The 4th edition of Next 5 Minutes - International
Festival of Tactical Media, will take place 11 - 14
September 2003 in Amsterdam.
What is Next 5 Minutes?

Next 5 Minutes is a festival that brings together
media, art and politics.

Next 5 Minutes revolves around the notion of tactical
media, the fusion of art, politics and media. The
festival is organised irregularly, when the urgency is
felt to bring a new edition of the festival together.


How did this particular edition of the festival come

The fourth edition of the Next 5 Minutes festival is
the result of a collaborative effort of a variety of
organisations, initiatives and individuals dispersed
world-wide. The program and content of the festival
is prepared through a series of Tactical Media Labs
(TMLs) organised locally in different cities around the
globe. This series of Tactical Media Labs started on
September 11, 2002 in Amsterdam and they
continue internationally right up to the festival in
September. TMLs have been organised in:
Amsterdam, Sydney, Cluj, Barcelona, Delhi, New
York, Singapore, Birmingham, Nova Scotia, Berlin,
Chicago, Portsmouth, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Dubrovnik,
and Zanzibar. The results of the various TMLs are
published in a web journal, at: http://www.n5m4.org


What are the main themes of N5M4?

The program of Next 5 Minutes 4 is structured along
four core thematic threads, bringing together a host
of projects and debates. These four thematic threads
are: "The Reappearing of the Public" deals with the
elusiveness of the public that tactical media
necessarily needs to interface with, and considers
new strategies for engaging with or redefining 'the
public'. "Deep Local (Growing Roots for the Global
Village)", which explores the ambiguities of
connecting essentially translocal media cultures with
local contexts. "The Tactics of Appropriation"
questions who is appropriating whom? Corporate,
state, or terrorist actors all seem to have become
effective media tacticians, is the battle for the screen
therefore lost? "The Tactical and the Technical"
finally questions the deeply political nature of
(media-)technology, and the role that the
development of new media tools plays in defining,
enabling and constraining its tactical use.


The festival explores a variety of forms and formats,
from low-tech to high-tech, from seminars and
debates to performances and urban interventions,
screenings, installations as well as sound projects
and live media, a pitching session, a tool builders
fair and open unmoderated spaces. Defining for
tactical media is not the medium itself, but the
attitude towards media.