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Networked cultures - negotiating cultural difference in contested spaces


Departing from sites of geopolitical conflict and social confrontation, the Networked Cultures project aims to reconsider the cultural transformations under way in Europe through examining the potentials and effects of networked spatial practices. The project seeks to extend current debates of architectural and spatial planning by addressing the emergence of new forms of urban engagement, by re-evaluating the relationship between space and conflict and by establishing trajectories of an architectural culture geared towards network formation. As the emergent cultural networks start to grow and interface with the more dominant cultural economies of globalisation, there is the immanent danger that they are being naturalised, homogenised and translated into stable entities, i.e. into simple forms which tell us nothing about how links and relations are being made between different cultures.

The proposed research will examine how networks may resist these dynamics and how they can retain their innovative powers by transforming into something else. In doing so, the research employs a variety of strands along which the project itself can develop within networks of exchange and intervention. First, it brings art and architecture projects together with video-interviews, photographic and film material produced in contested geographic regions during the initial Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for a documentary film to be shown in galleries, cinemas and other public venues. Second, it installs "research platforms" in museums, galleries and other public art/cultural institutions to critically engage a variety of knowledge producers in a debate on the transformation of emerging networked art/urban practices. Third, it widens the scope of the initial Marie Curie fellowship by linking previous findings to networked cultures in other world regions.

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