Hybrid Tactics in the Crisis Era
On 10 March IMPAKT organises an expert session on hybrid event formats, as part of the two-day conference on (hybrid) media tactics and togetherness in the field of art and activism, taking place at SPUI25, Framer Framed, OT301, and online. In-between Media is organized within the framework of the two-year research project Going Hybrid, which investigates several aspects of the ‘evolution’ happening in hybridity, both in hybrid publishing, participatory live casting, and living archives. Partners of Going Hybrid are MU (Eindhoven), The Hmm (Amsterdam), Hackers & Designers (Amsterdam), Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam), Framer Framed (Amsterdam), Varia (Rotterdam) and IMPAKT (Utrecht).
The Covid pandemic has catalyzed experimental approaches to hybrid cultural programming and togetherness, mixing online, offline, and everything in-between. How can we translate the lessons learned into ways of dealing with post-pandemic urgencies? Can we use hybrid tactics in response to violent displacement, physical impairments, and the war in Ukraine? What kind of tactical media can exist within these (new) digital spaces, and which potential for resistance do they have? Data and information used as a tool for power might not be new, but some of the strategies being looked at in this conference—hopefully—are.
During the first day of this conference, we’ll have panels, talks, and round table conversations about precisely these questions. Starting off with TikTok as a research subject, we dive into its nature and qualities which lends itself to a specific user attitude: both engaged and not, both within each other’s space, and not. Furthermore, we’ll hear some hands-on testimonies about streaming resistance and look at practices that both critique and use (mainstream) platforms as a method, or even a weapon. Ending the day, we strive to find strategies for dealing with the locative media that is tracking us everywhere, as well as the techno-capitalist narratives underlining our technologies. How can anarchists—or simply users—tactically misuse online platforms?
On the second day, we invite you to join several workshops, expert sessions, and plenary talks. We’ll discuss the possibilities of event reporting through a whole new workflow, how online visitors can impact a physical space, whether or not living archives are even truly ‘alive’, how to squat the cloud, setting up quick and dirty live streams, and what to think of when looking at the (hybrid) future. Read more about going Hybrid here