FILTER BUBBLE/ECHO CHAMBER
Geert Lovink , Franco “Bifo” Berardi, PWR
Location: Theater Kikker
The old idea of a wide-open web, where hyperlinks from site to site created a non-hierarchical and decentralised network of information, has been largely supplanted by platforms designed to maximise your time within their walls, generating a biased exposure to news. It is easier than ever to publish false information, which can be quickly shared and taken to be true. Social media companies have become overwhelmingly powerful in determining what we read, and enormously profitable from the monetisation of other people’s work. The armies of chat bots and virtual assistants, the e-commerce sites that show the right recommendations at the right time and the latest dating apps are all built to learn and create continuously improving experiences. Who is serving who in this information economy? Is there a future for genuine and real news in the post-digital era?
Geert Lovink― Speaker
Geert Lovink is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, whose goals are to explore, document and feed the potential for socio-economical change of the new media field through events, publications and open dialogue. Since 2004 he is a researcher at the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) where he heads the Institute of Network Cultures. He is the author of a.o. Uncanny Networks (2002), Organisation after Social Media (with Ned Rossiter, 2018) and Sad by Design (2019).
Ilga Minjon― Moderator
Ilga Minjon is curator at Stroom Den Haag and cultural worker based in Amsterdam Southeast. Her interests unfold over visual arts, technology and the politics of representation. Recent and forthcoming projects investigate doubt, societal questions and future imaginaries through the Uncertainty Seminars. Invested in modes of alternative organisation and thinking, Ilga writes, DJs, presents art events and radio experiments. From 2011-2015 she was (co-)programmer for the Impakt Foundation. In 2017, she was participant in the The Southern Summer School, a self-organised project around questions of art, social justice and decolonisation. She boards Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam and teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi― Speaker
Franco Berardi, a.k.a. “Bifo,” founder of the famous “Radio Alice” in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement, is a writer, media theorist, and media activist, whose work mainly focuses on the role of the media and information technology within post-industrial capitalism. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan.