BERARDI BIFO (IT)
Berardi Bifo is known as a political activist since he was a student
at Bologna University in the seventies: 1976 he founded "Radio
Alice", an alternative media project and 1977 the cultural magazine
"A/traverso". His main interests in research are media theories
and the relationship between technologies and social movements. He
is author of various books, at last 2001 "La fabbrica dell`infelicità.
New Economy e movimento del cognitariato".
Borsook is a Californian researcher on the development of netculture.
She is author of the book "Cyberselfish. A critical romp through
the terribly libertarian culture of high tech", which was being
published 2000 and became an international bestseller. She published
many critical articles in various places, including "Wired",
"Newsweek", "New York Times", "Salon.com"
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ERIK EMPSON (UK)
Bove and Erik Empson are independent researchers and thinkers in the
field of philosophy and politics. They have collaborated in the dissemination
and discussion of new political philosophies within electronic media,
with the aim of fostering non-institutional spaces for generative
and participatory critiques of the present.
Kireev is a Russian art critic, editor and curator. He participated
in a number of media-political campaigns (e.g. "Against all parties",
1999) and actions (e.g. "Barricade at Bolshaya Nikitskaya",
May 1998). He is the author of articles on art and politics in the
Russian and international press ("Novaya gazeta", "Nezavasimaya
gazeta", "Flash art", "Siksi", "Mute").
Since 2001 he runs the Internet-site and publishing project "ghetto".
Lovink is an independent media theorist and net critic, based in Sydney.
He is the co-founder and organizer of numerous Internet projects,
mailing lists, conferences and publications on the cultural politics
of new media. In 2002 The MIT Press published Dark Fiber, his essays
on critical Internet culture and Uncanny Networks, a collection of
interviews with international media theorists and artists. His main
research areas are the rise and fall of dotcommania, foundations of
the digital commons, net activist strategies, weblogs, list culture
and the shifting role of culture and arts in today's networked control
Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study
of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught
and researched in many universities in Europe, North America and South
America. 2000 she published "The Democratic Paradox". She
is currently elaborating a non-rationalist approach to political theory;
formulating an 'agonistic' model of democracy; and engaged in research
projects on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and the limits
of the 'third way'.
Ressler is an artist who carries out projects on various socio-political
themes. Since 1994 he has been concerned with exhibitions, site-specific
projects and videos on issues such as racism, economic globalization,
sustainable development, genetic engineering and forms of resistance.
Rossiter is Lecturer in Communications, School of Political and Social
Inquiry, Monash University, Melbourne. He is co-editor of Politics
of a Digital Present: An Inventory of Australian Net Culture, Criticism
and Theory (Melbourne: Fibreculture Publications, 2001) and Refashioning
Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic
Industries (London: RoutledgeCurzon, forthcoming 2003). Also he is
a co-facilitator of fibreculture, a network of new media researchers
Schneider is working as author, net activist and movie producer. Over
the last years he was concentrated on the question, how communicational
leadership and dominant positions can be attacked and undermined by
a practical criticism of borders and networks.
Spehr is a German political scientist and historian. He was the first
scientist receiving the "Rosa-Luxemburg-prize" in the year
2000 for his essay "Gleicher als Andere - Eine Grundlegung der
freien Kooperation", trying to answer the question, how social
justice and political freedom can be connected. At last he published
1999 "Die Aliens sind unter uns - Herrschaft und Befreiung im
demokratischen Zeitalter". There are presented two of his videos
during this conference: "Time is on my side" and "Go
on, you free pigs!"
|SOENKE ZEHLE (DE)
Zehle is a German researcher on the main topics of autonomous media,
environmental justice, cross-border/migrant worker organizations.
He taught courses on ethnic and environmental studies, contemporary
philosophy, and postcolonial literature. Currently he is completing
a doctoral project: Ecology & Empire: Indigenous Peoples in the