As the world undergoes a transition from an industrial base to one of information, the construction that links continents takes place invisibly, through satellites , the air waves, and telephone lines. Technology is the vehicle for this construction, information the building material- this information is content. These developments have the potential to effect such profound changes in culture, commerce, and the Arts that have not been seen since the invention of the Guttenburg Press. For many, this rapid growth has changed the way that information is viewed, accessed, shared, and generated- a possible revolution in media.
The title "Under Construction" refers to the common Internet experience of finding incomplete Web pages, signaling the constant growth of the World Wide Web, the most visible aspect of the Information Age. While progress in technology has gained a great deal of attention, questions surrounding content must be raised. How does technology alter the information it transmits; What can society learn from the media of the past; How is society affected by the ever increasing amounts of information it receives; How does an information society change the labor process; When does content become a commodity?
It is with these questions in mind that the Media Research Foundation presents MetaForumIII/Under Construction/ Budapest Content Conference. The conference will include a variety of national and international speakers as well as; a live Web-radio broadcast with East Edge, Hungary; an on-site micro-radio building and transmission; a chill-out lounge with Heath Bunting; a Public Content-input Station (computer terminals and scanners available to the audience to provide content that will be included in the MetaForum CD-ROM); the presentation of ZKP3, an experiment in net-publishing; a screening of selected, vintage technology-training films.
Richard Barbrook, (UK); Heath Bunting, (UK); Manuel Delanda, (Mex); Erik Davis, (USA); David Garcia, (NL); John Horvath, (H); Heiko Idensen, (D); Attila Kotanyi,(H); Eveline Lubbers, (NL); Oliver Marchart, (A); Benjamin Perasovic, (Cro);Miklos Peternak, (H); Pit Schultz, (D);Alexei Shulgin, (R); Mark Stahlman, (USA); Katalin Timar, (H); Toshia Ueno, (Jp);
MetaForum III is made possible by the generous support of Albacomp, Copy General, Isys Hungary, Springer Magazine, Es Magazine, Juventus Radio, the Austrian Embassy, the British Council, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, and the Autumn Festival.
MetaForum III Organizing Committee
Geert Lovink, Diana McCarty, Ferenc Pohly, Janos Sugar, Margit Valko, and Noel Villers
Coordinator: Diana McCarty (firstname.lastname@example.org) Press: Margit Valko Editor: Ferenc Pohly (email@example.com) Finance: Gabriella Szucs Webdesigner: Laszlo Tolgyes (firstname.lastname@example.org) Assistants: Anna Balint, Gabriella Barta, Thomas Bass, Geza Foldesi Metaforum III will take place at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, 69-71 Andrassy ut, on October 11-13, as a part of Budapest's annual Autumn Festival of the Arts. Tele: 36.1.266.6090 fax: 36.1.266.6131 Post: C/o Intermedia 69-71 Andrassy ut, Budapest, Hungary 1062
Friday October 11 11.00 Registration 12.00 MetaForum III Opening 12.15 Introduction with Geert Lovink, Diana McCarty, Janos Sugar 12.30-14.30 The Information Industry John Horvath: Wittgenstein's Nightmare Miklos Peternak: Forms of Content in Media History Mark Stahlman: Internet: New Media or New Dark Age? 14.30-15.00 Introduction to Content Input Station, Micro-radio, and Real Audio 15.00-15.30 Break 15.30-17.00 Round Table: The Hungarian War on Content Chairman: Kelemen Gabor Participants: Dash, Steve Carlson, InterNetto, East-Edge, Szalay Tamas 17.00-19.00 Be Content! The Politics of Counter David Garcia: Social Innovation through Charismatic Images/A User Language for the Visual Arts Oliver Marchart: Online Revolutionaries: How to construct the world over again (or not) and what Thomas Paine has to do with it (or not). Eveline Lubbers: Back To The Source: an archivist exploring new dimensions of Netactivism 19.00-21.00 Reception Saturday October 12 10.00 Registration 11.00-14.00 Notes from the Margin Mokka Group: RomaRom Presentation Pit Schultz: Panic Content-ZKP3 and alternative publishing strategies Heiko Idensen: Poetry Should Be Made by All Alexei Shulgin: There is No Media Art 14.00-14:30 Break 14.30-15.45 Round Table: The Crisis in Hungarian Alternative Culture Chairman: Kopper Judith Participants: Tilos Radio, Vakuum TV, Koz-Hely, Magyar Narancs, Tilos Bar 15.45-17.45 When Now Was the Future: Heath Bunting: Standing in Circles Attila Kotanyi: Is There Any Net Critisicm that is Not Suicidal Katalin Timar: The HyperRealities of the Spectcale: The Situationists Internationale and Cyberspace 18.45-18.00 Break 18.00-20.30 Culture Reflected Toshiya Ueno: Techno Mysticism and Media Tribes Benjamin Perasovic: Tekno Scene in Croatia: Under Construction Erik Davis: Techgnosis: Heretical Echoes in Contemporary Cyberculture 22.30 Party: Location to Be Announced Sunday October 13 11.00 Registration 11.30-13.00 The Morning After Losanc Alpar: The Unlimited New Alexei Shulgin/Rachel Baker: The Lighter Side Vuk Cosic: Very Cyber Indeed 13.00-15.00 New World Ordered Kristian Csako: SoftProfits for Free Manuel Delanda: Markets and Anti-Markets Richard Barbrook: Political Dyslexia 15.00-15.30 Break 15.30-16.30 Roundtable: The Best Money Content Can Buy Chairman: Geert Lovink Participants: Stahlman, Schultz, Barbrook, Davis, Delanda. 16.30 Conference Closing Remarks 17.00-19.00 Tour Of C3 (Soros Center for Culture and Comunication) 21.00-23.00 When Film Was the Fashion/ Screening of vintage technology films, Introduction Olia Lialina and presentation of Cine Fantom (Moscow)