Public Netbase: Non Stop Future

New practices in Art and Media

New information technologies have become ubiquitous and thoroughly established in our everyday life. This marks the end of a period of intense experimentations and speculations related to the introduction of global communication systems more than a decade ago. Artists and cultural workers were the first to explore the liberatory dimensions and to apply emancipatory potentials. These early pioneers developed a range of interdisciplinary models and practices in order to expand the scope of social participation in information society cultures. Initiatives like the radical Viennese media culture institution Public Netbase became important nodes in a global network dedicated to critical art, culture and science based on new media practices.

A virtual world is possible, but never without real spaces and tangible social interaction. The publication is both, a review of the pioneer days from the perspective of Public Netbase as well as an outlook into the future of art and culture in digital networks. It provides an overview of a critical information economy discourse, insights into Tactical Media strategies and a critique of the loss of public domain and the commons. Based on the extensive archives of Public Netbase, the book features some of the most spectacular and controversial art projects and interventions from 1994 to 2006. It also offers historical documents and manifestos critical of commercialization and control society issues, together with a view into the digital world of tomorrow. "Non Stop Future" raises awareness for a need to invest in new and diverse practices in art and media.

Extensive contributions to this book from many art and media theorists and practitioners relate to long lasting collaboration with Public Netbase through different formats of conferences and projects, reflecting some of the most relevant problematic in constellation of art, tactical media practices and theories within communication technologies. Broad spectrum of themes regarding politics of digital media culture, art practices, networking, participation and self-organizing make the "Non Stop Future" important investor in forming critical heritage of the future.


Table of Contents (PDF)


Clemens Apprich
philosopher and political theorist, Vienna, Austria

Konrad Becker
Institute for New Culture Technologies/t0, Vienna, Austria

Franco Berardi Bifo
philosopher and political activist, Bologna, Italy

Paulina Borsook
author and researcher on the development of netculture, Santa Cruz, United States

Andreas Broeckmann
Art scholar, curator, lives in Berlin. 2000-07 artistic director of transmediale

Critical Art Ensemble
Artist Collective, United States

Branka Ćurčić
New Media, Novi Sad, Serbia

Erik Davis
writer, culture critic and independent scholar, San Francisco, United States

Manuel de Landa
writer, artist and philosopher, New York City, Unites States

Matthew Fuller
artist and member of Mongrel, London, England

Graham Harwood
artist and member of Mongrel, London, England

Brian Holmes
art critic, theorist and activist, Paris, France

Patricia Köstring
Independent writer and culture critic, Vienna, Austria

Steve Kurtz
Critical Art Ensemble, United States

Lawrence Liang
researcher with Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore India

Karin Liebhart
University of Vienna, Austria

Geert Lovink
Media theorist and activist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Katharina Ludwig
political scientist, Vienna, Austria

Lev Manovich
University of California, San Diego, United States

Oliver Marchart
philosopher and political theorist, Luzern, Switzerland

Lisa Mayr
political scientist, Vienna, Austria

Eben Moglen
Columbia University, New York City, United States

Chantal Mouffe
University of Westminster, London, England

Sjoera Nas
digital civil rights advocacy, Amsterdam

Zoran Pantelić
New Media, Novi Sad, Serbia

Marko Peljhan
artist and activist, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sadie Plant
author and philosopher, Birmingham, England

Gerald Raunig
European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies/eipcp, Vienna, Austria

Saskia Sassen
London School of Economics, England

Florian Schneider
author, net activist and movie producer, Munich, Germany

Pit Schultz
author, artist and computer professional, Berlin, Germany

Jason Skeet
Association of Autonomous Astronauts, Inner City AAA

Dejan Sretenović
chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia

performance artist, West Melton Victoria, Australia

Felix Stalder
sociologist and media researcher, Vienna, Austria

Bruce Sterling
author, journalist and critic, Pasadena, United States

Vera Tollmann
curator and writer, Berlin, Germany

Martin Wassermair
Institute for New Culture Technologies/t0, Vienna, Austria

Francisco de Sousa Webber
Institute for New Culture Technologies/t0, Vienna, Austria

Katharina Wegan
Historian, Vienna, Austria

Faith Wilding
artist, writer and educator, Chicago, United States

Peter Lamborn Wilson aka Hakim Bey
writer, essayist and philosopher, New York City, United States

Work Group on "Cultures of Electronic Networks"
Cultural Competence, International Conference, Linz, Austria


Public Netbase: Non Stop Future
New Practices in Art and Media

Published 2008
Publisher: Revolver - Archiv für aktuelle Kunst
ISBN: 978-3-86588-455-8

Branka Ćurčić, Zoran Pantelić / New Media

Editorial team:
Konrad Becker, Branka Ćurčić, Zoran Pantelić, Felix Stalder, Martin Wassermair

Editorial assistance:
Clemens Apprich, Katharina Ludwig, Wolfgang Sützl


Design and layout: NinjaBoy Creations and

Printed in: Daniel Print, Novi Sad

In cooperation with World-Information Institute / t0

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