The virtual environments, the social networks and the multiple ways of connecting through the World Wide Web, form today a special territory of controversies and claims within which the new online forms of subjectivities are created. Time, energy and the capacities of the users – producers, are the main elements that are being used for the production of cultural, political and educational features of the “user – generated- content” based social media of the web 2.0. But, how conscious are the users of these networks for the content they form, or else, do they really want to become conscious?
Theorists like Juan Martin Prada believe that it looks merely impossible to doubt that in a network society, the possibility of an effective political resistance can only be reached by the appropriation and recognition of the freedom capacity only some of biopolitical principles have, those of affection, collaboration and friendship. The new resistance wishes to save them from the appropriation of the corporations. And, it needs to be made clear through this resistance, that these principles encompass the power to form new groupings, new communities that could respectively create an active well built frame of the principle of the common. Maybe the artistic production – we shall remember that the aesthetic experience is purely emotional – is one of the best means to attempt this rescue.
Web 2.0 wants you presents a group of projects that raise questions regarding the context and the conditions of the every day tactics of this new generation of social media while at the same time they discuss the new perspectives opening for the artists who wish to work within the participation culture.
Wayne Clements (UK)
Second Front (Second Life)
Grand Theft Avatar
UBERMORGEN.COM (AT/ CH/ US)
1. GWEI – Google Will Eat Itself
UBERMORGEN.COM (AT/ CH US), Paolo Cirio (IT), Alessandro Ludovico (IT)
2. Amazon Noir – The Big Book Crime
UBERMORGEN.COM (AT/ CH/ US), Paolo Cirio (IT), Alessandro Ludovico (IT)
3. The Sound of eBay
Web 2.0 Wants U @ mir festival
“MELINA” CULTURAL CENTER OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ATHENS
12 – 20 September 2008