This lecture is introduced by Maria Hlavajova.
The various social movements of 2011 and after have often reportedly been mobilized by social media such as Facebook and Twitter. But how much of that is true? If we want to crack the mystery of today’s social movements, we need first of all to make a distinction between organization and mobilization. Whereas social media do a good job in case of the latter, its role in organization remains weak. Movements today can become huge within days but disappear with the same speed. Political parties such as Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece have been promoted in to real political alternatives, but at the same time grassroots movement dispute their reputation and stress the necessity to strengthen organization from below: what’s got the Internet with this? How is Snowden affecting the political organization debate? In this lecture the critique of social media will be raised, and in contrast, the ‘organized networks’ concept will be discussed.
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht organizes the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.