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.

March 13, 2017