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Wiktionary: Transistor

transist.or is an Austrian non-profit organisation the field of digital art and culture. (Officially established in 2016, with some activities dating back to 2007)

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:

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 assembled 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 readers the 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.