[-empyre-] Please welcome Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz for February on -empyre-

Please join the -empyre- hosts in welcoming February's guests, Geert
Lovink and Trebor Scholz as they discuss networks, art & collaboration.

1. United labour, co-operation; especially in literary, artistic,
or scientific work.
2. specifically Traitorous cooperation with the enemy.
--Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition

Rarely does a word contain within it such positive and negative
connotations.  The history of collaboration reflects this duality.
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Fluxus, Wiki, Blogging, the organization of the
WTO protests, the rise of Nazism in pre-WWII Germany and surrounding
states, and the actions of the recent US-led "coalition" in Iraq
demonstrate positive and negative aspects of collaborative effort.

 -empyre-, in cooperation with the conference on networks, art, &
 collaboration (http://www.freecooperation.org), welcomes Geert Lovink and
 Trebor Scholz, as they discuss the complexity, challenges and rewards of
 collaboration both off and on-line.

Lovink and Scholz are both part of a collaborative team that
created the collaborative weblog Discordia on arts, politics, and techno
cultures. (http://discordia.us)
Geert Lovink
Geert Lovink is an Amsterdam-born media theorist and activist who
co-founded the on-line group for media arts producers, nettime, and the
Australian-based forum fibreculture.org.  Lovink has lectured widely on
media theory, and is a member and co-founder of Adilkno (Foundation for
 the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge).
Trebor Scholz
Born in East Berlin, Trebor Scholz is a media artist who,
involved in ventures both collaborative and individual, addresses
issues on the intersection of art, politics and the Internet.
Dividing his time between Brooklyn and Buffalo he is professor
at the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo.


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