NetzNetz Reader (in development)
NetzNetz was the self-organised funding pool for New Media Art, Activism and Culture, supported by the MA 7 (Vienna's arts and culture council), department for film and new media. It has been awarding €500.000 annually from 2006 to 2009.
The involved communities and free agents were not only able to influence the grants handed out by the government, but also the course of NetzNetz itself. Through coming up with and participating in different models of application and voting in conferences, plenary sessions and other meetings, the participants developed and tested democratic decision making processes that bypassed boundaries of governmental funding structures.
Despite being an internationally unique project, and having had indirect yet significant influence on projects beyond Vienna's borders, there is no proper archive, documentation or even an article that reviews the 4 years in which NetzNetz handled (parts) the funding distribution for the city's New Media pool. Enacted as an informal distributed organisation, it proved difficult collect all the information necessary to conduct the thorough analysis it deserves.
The NetzNetz Reader (preliminary title) intends to tackle the diversity of issues connected to the project:
- Critical review of the self-organisation process and its issues
- Insights into projects that were funded by NetzNetz
- Establish a consensus regarding the
historyof and surrounding the project
- A look into the interplay of city politics, bureaucracy and artistic self-organisation
NetNetz was a controversial project that ruffled more than just a few feathers. Individuals connected to t0/Public Netbase partly blamed groups that started NetzNetz for their loss of funding, monochrom sued F.E. Rakuschan for libel, the blackmail of old-boy networks almost shut down one community distribution event and techno-positivist assumptions pushed liberal politics. It follows that the collection of texts intended to be collected as a NetzNetz Reader must, to be approximately truthful to its subject, include a multitude of divergent voices.
Inspiration and origins
The NetzNetz Reader is based on the NODE.London Readers, particularly
their second instalment. In 2006 and 2008 London held the NODE.London festival
which while organised in a remarkably similar manner to NetzNetz, had little to
no overlap/exchange with what happened in Vienna. The two
project released for their respective instalments reflected on bits of the
festival as much as the festival's organisational structure and the problems
inherent to it.
- NODE.London Reader II on Mute (summary, web)
- NODE.London Reader I on Mute (summary, web)
- netznetz.net (informal partial archive)