Platform as Method: Strategies for Counter-Cartographic Research in Beijing, Ningbo and Shanghai 19 April, 2010


Presenter: Ned Rossiter

Date: Sunday 25 April, 2010
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Xindanwei, 4C, Bld 4 in Shanghai Hub No. 727 Dingxi Lu, Changning

Platforms organize. They bring bodies and brains into relation. While they require highly distributed formats of digital communication and translation, platforms must connect with off-line worlds. Practices of collaborative constitution hold a generative capacity that invent new institutional forms. When multiplied across time and space, platforms connect seemingly disparate events along circuits of experience and experimentation. The work of platforms at once tests and produces concepts. Platforms address contingency and movements as constitutive methods of analysis and organization.

This paper asks how the organization of platforms can serve as a research tool and method for transcultural mapping in urban settings. Taking examples from urban research projects in Beijing, Ningbo and Shanghai, the paper investgiates how the city becomes the site of a research platform that combines online and offline methods to gather researchers from across the world and bring them into collaborative relation with local participants through workshops, site visits, symposia, exhibitions, mailing lists, blogs and publishing. The aim is to flee the data-mined, self-referential universe of social networking sites by building a multilingual environment for collaborative invention and the common production of knowledge.




Ned Rossiter is an Australian media theorist and Associate Professor of Network Cultures, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is author of Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions (2006) and co-editor of numerous volumes, including (with Geert Lovink) MyCreativity Reader: A Critique of Creative Industries (2007). /

Ned Rossiter 是澳大利亚的一位媒体理论家,中国宁波诺丁汉大学网络文化学副教授以及澳大利亚悉尼西部大学文化调研中心的兼职高级研究员。他是 Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions (2006)的作者。他与 Geert Lovink 合作编辑了 MyCreativity Reader: A Critique of Creative Industries (2007). /

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