Organized Networks

Training Programme in Cultural Network Management

Training Programme


Thursday, December 3

Location: Spīķeri, kim? Building, 3rd floor

19.30 – 21.00 Public Lecture: Erik Kluitenberg (the Netherlands) „Design for Sustainable Immobility”

Friday, December 4 (Day 1)

Location: RIXC Media Space, 11. Novembra krastmala 35 (entrance from Minstereja street)

10.00 – 14.00 [Work Session 1]: Networks (/ Organized Networks)

15.00 – 18.00 [Work Session 2]: Sustainability (/ Design for Resilience)

Location: Spīķeri, kim? Building, 3rd floor

20.00 – [Open Programme] Screenings / Public Presentations

(Kultivator / Sweden, Baltan Laboratories / the Netherlands, One Minute Video Festival / Armenia, Survival Kit / LMC, Latvia, Serde / Latvia, Arctic Perspectives Project / Lorna, Iceland, etc.)

Saturday, December 5. (Day 2)

Location: RIXC Media Space, 11. Novembra krastmala 35 (entrance from Minstereja street)

11.00 – 12.00 Michael Psallidas (Greece) Lecture “Intelligent Energy Networks”

12.00 – 14.00 [Work Session 3]: p2p Infrastructures (/ Energy Issues)

15.00 – 18.00 [Work Session 4]: Open Code Infrastructures (/ Social Media)

Location: Spīķeri, kim? Building, 3rd floor

20.00: [Open Programme] Presentations

(MoTA / Slovenia; MARIN mobile residency project / Finland; GeoAir / Georgia; Homo Novous / JTI, Latvia; Nordic-Baltic Videoarchive Project / Noass / Latvia, Pixelache festival network / Finland, etc)

. . . Thursday, December 3:

The Training Programme will begin with public lecture „ECOLOCATEDNESS: ART AND SCIENCE PRACTICE AS SITUATED INFORMATION DESIGN” by Tapio Makela on Thursday, December 3 at 19.30 in Spikeri.

. . . Friday, December 4:

Day 1 of the Training programme will focus mainly on discussing theoretical questions in relation to “network” and studying previous networking experience.

The working session will start off with a general discussion on terms „network” and „sustainability” and the relations between them:

Do we all know what is the ‘network’?

Do we understand what makes something sustainable?

Can network be considered as a new type of institution that is translocal, distributed, mobile and decentralized?

How can we maintain our networks to be sustainable, if they are in principle unstable?

What are the most relevant organizational issues regarding networks?

What approach of “organized networks” offer that would contribute towards network sustainability?

What does creative labour mean in the context of organized network?

First working session will feature also an on-line presentation (live from Shanghai) by Ned Rossiter (author of the book “Organized Networks”) introducing ideas behind the “organized networks” concept, which will be followed by work in discussion-groups of on-site (and remote) participants.

Whilst an on-line interview on “design for resilience” with John Thackara (founder of design forum “Doors of Perception” and expert on design and sustainability issues) will introduce the second working sessiong that will address issues of “sustainability” in relation to “mobility”.

Mobility issues will be discussed from two different perspectives. The “mobile sustainability” working group (faciliated by Tapio Makela) will discuss physical infrastructures for mobility and communication – from e-cars to green wifi, M.A.R.I.N. (residency project on a sailing boat) and other projects and current topics.

A contrary session on “sustainable immobility” will focus on online tools and tactics, introducing ideas of the forthcoming Electrosmog festival (March 2010 in Amsterdam). This session will be faciliated by Eric Kluitenberg, and it will focus on how to imagine closer co-operation using real-time connections over the internet and how that might work both in tightening collaboration and networking between cultural organizations as well as contribute ecologically to breaking down the cycle of continuous travel to sustain cultural networks.

. . . Saturday, December 5:

Day 2 of the seminar will discuss more practical questions – how to organize the practice of cooperation network and how to design network infrastructure.

Day 2 will start with lecture “Intelligent Energy Networks” by Michael Psallidas, introducing general infrastructures of p2p-networking and energy issues. The working group afterwards will focus more on a particular issues around newly founded Art and Renewable Network – discussing tools, finances, resources, events, exchanges, as well protocols: ways how to support activity in the network.

The second part of the day will be focusing on issues of open source infrastructures and social media that will start off with another on-line lecture „Social Media: Re-introducing centralization trough back door” by Armin Medosch.

This working session will include evaluation of situation in Baltic-Nordic-EU region and previous networking experience (NICE, Pixelache, Nordic funds, participating organizations, etc.), introduction to case studies (current cultural situation in Latvia, case of Caucasus region) and will discuss how to enhance regional and European cooperation, by involving Caucasus region. Also other practical and theoretical issues brought up by participants, will be discussed during this day.