28_29 OCTOBER 2005

Conference on art, activism, technology and the future of independent media

You are invited to join artists, activists, theorists, experienced media practitioners and pioneers for two days of presentations, discussions, screenings and public debates on potential futures for the developing independent and alternative media movement.

Speakers include Agnese Trocchi (Candida TV; Telestreet, Rome), Pit Schultz (Bootlab, Berlin), Ali Tonak (San Francisco Independent Media Center), Seda Guerses (De-Center Berlin), Simon Sheikh (TV-TV, Copenhagen), Emma Hedditch (, Mick Fuzz (BeyondTV, Undercurrents, Manchester IMC), Micz Flor (Center for Advanced Media Prague; radio networking in Indonesia and Nepal), Saul Albert (University of Openess, London), Bjoernstjerne Christiansen (Superchannel; Superflex, Copenhagen). See below for bios of participants.

The conference will be streamed and archived online via

Conference Programme:

Friday 28th
Current models and future possibilities for independent media production and distribution
How well do the existing models work, technologically,artistically, economically, politically? How can or should they develop or change? The panel will present projects, set themes and ask questions that will be returned to throughout the weekend.

Open session

15.00 Camcorder aesthetics and the articulation of protest: debating issues of representation and ideology in art& activism.
Whom do we speak for? Whose interests does our action ultimately serve? This panel will present and discuss different approaches to issues of art and propaganda, activism and representation.

Saturday 29th
Virtual spaces, real networks: what can or should differentiate new, independent media systems from the mass media we already have?
Do you serve a community or build an audience? Who are these networks for? Do they really constitute a new space for action?

Open session

15.00What is independence? Exploring the political economy of knowledge production and distribution
In this final session the panel will ask what independence might be in theory and make suggestions on how to work towards it in practice, basing the discussion in their own varied experiences.