Anthology: Networked Cultures by Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer

© NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2008

Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer: Networked Cultures 
Publisher: NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2008  
1. Edition / number of copies: 5000 
Dimension: 17 x 24 cm 
Reference Literature: Anthology, Exhibition Cataloge, and Documentation
ISBN: 978-9056620592
Price: € 35

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Networked Cultures investigates the cultural transformations under way in Europe through examining the potentials and effects of networked spatial practices. Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the project collaborates with art, architectural and urban practices across Europe and beyond to look at ways in which contested spaces allow for a multi-inhabitation of territories and narratives across cultural, social or geographic boundaries. The Networked Cultures book traces a variety of strands along which the project itself has developed. First, attention is focused on the phenomenon of network creativity by following the routes of networks laid out by artists, architects, urbanists, curators and activists. Second, the interrelationship of space and conflict is investigated by mapping contested spaces across Europe and beyond, examining the architecture of conflict, and analysing models of geocultural negotiation. The focus then shifts to informal governmentality and self-organization by examining various forms of black markets, slum settlements and the accompanying parallel economy. Finally, the parallel worlds of mobility and migration, ‘travelling’ communities, digital worlds and other counter-geographies are discussed in relation to transient spaces and the ‘archipelago of the peripheries’. Numerous interviews, visuals and a parade of urban interventions, public art projects and architectural experiments gathered from the groups, practices or initiatives encountered during the research provide a wealth of illustrative material and challenge the narrative. The book therefore extends current debates about architectural and spatial planning, addressing the emergence of new forms of urban engagement, re-evaluating the relationship between space and conflict, and establishing future trajectories for an architectural culture geared towards the formation of networks.

Type of Reference Literature
Anthology, Exhibition Cataloge, Documentation

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