The Principle of Notworking – Geert Lovink | Institute of Network Cultures

The Principle of Notworking
Concepts in Critical Internet Culture

“In this essay I present ongoing theoretical work, developed throughout 2004, the year I took up the position of ‘lector’ at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. I will focus on three conceptual fields: the relation between multitude, network and culture, the art of collaboration and ‘free cooperation’, and finally present elements of a theory of ‘organized networks’.

After having finished My First Recession2 (mid 2003) I found myself, again, emerged in practices, of which the move from Brisbane to Amsterdam was by far the most challenging one. With the support of Emilie Randoe, the director of the interactive media school at HvA, I set up a research agenda related to the ‘digital public domain’ and out of this emerged the Institute of Network Cultures, a venture that is unfolding as we speak.3 It might be premature to present a Theory of Network Culture. Instead, the work of the Institute should be seen as a wide ranging series of interventions, combining elements of engaged action research, critical reflection on (net) practice and, last but not least, speculative propositions.

1. Multitude, Network and Culture

George Yudice states in his study The Expediency of Culture4 that we have moved from the attitude of suspicion towards culture, and with the danger of its ‘inherent fall’, towards the so-called ‘productive view’. Yudice proposes to…”

(AUP, 2005), inaugural speech at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, february 2005, with three chapters on multitude, network and culture, the theory of free cooperation and the dawn of the organized networks. This booklet can be download here as a pdf (2.2 MB).

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