∞venns∞ After the Internet


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Venn'd no. 6, After the Internet 

After the Internet

This reading group is largely based on Dr. Zach Blas's Spring 2016 module, "After the Internet":
In 2015, Google CEO Eric Schmidt promises that “the Internet will disappear” into our environments, while artist Hito Steyerl—two years prior—has already suggested that the Internet died. Today, how can the Internet be simultaneously everywhere and dead? What exactly is the Internet—and what has it become? This module addresses these simple yet vastly complex questions through the frame of “after the Internet,” meaning both after the historical emergence and global reach of the Internet and digital networks but also the technical forms of communication that come after the Internet’s supposed death. Throughout the term, we will articulate what occurs “after the Internet” in relation to life, technology, politics, activism, aesthetics, art, and critical theory. Structured into four sections, the module commences with a consideration of 1) the histories, material infrastructures, and political impacts of networks and the Internet, followed by 2) the current trend to theorize our contemporary medial present as post-Internet, post-digital, and post-media; 3) critical frustrations and disavowals of the Internet and the network form; and 4) a series of experimental approaches to theorizing and imagining the technologies and techniques that come “after the Internet."

Week 1

"Networking the World": Globalisation and Assemblage 

- Describe globalisation.
- What is assemblage? 
- What are networks? 


  • Manual Castells, “An Introduction to the Information Age,” City (2007), pp. 6 - 16 
  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “Rhizome,” A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1987), pp. 3 - 25 
  • Bruno Latour, “Defining at last what a network is,” Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory (2005), pp. 128 - 133 
  • Saskia Sassen, Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2006), pp. TBA
  • Mark Lombardi, Global Networks exhibition, curated by Robert Hobbs (1998 - 2005), http://curatorsintl.org/exhibitions/mark-lombardi-global-networks 

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