Recently, and during the past year in particular, it has become increasingly popular to use the new tools and expanded online facilities that weblogs provide in order to create new social identities, define cultural practices and create active communities beyond the physical constraints of urban or national structures. This is especially the case in countries such as the People's Republic of China in which a new 'middle landscape' of an increasingly affluent and mobile citizenry has zealously and enthusiastically attuned to the latest in global technology and telecommunications. Forming a significant part of the 'Web 2.0' phenomenon Blogs pick up the faded myth of the Internet as a user generated space of exchange with both cultural and commercial repercussions.
Associated online tools and services such as, YouTube, Biku, Flickr and del.icio.us augment the omnipresence of Blogs into complex global communities of users linked via an infinite number of personal backgrounds, interests and goals and create new forms of social, cultural, artistic and economic networks. In areas where traditional forms of monitoring and control of information is pervasive the complexity and diversity of blogging's reach drives the creation of new platforms and forms of expression. Blogs brought to life by anyone anytime are now creating a blogosphere rapidly replacing traditional information structures by unifying in cross-media frameworks the same mechanisms of text and visual tagging, cross-referencing of information, and opinion gathering established with the Internet over a decade ago. But how do these structures originate, who do they serve, and how are the bloggers covered by 'traditional' or local media? Beyond global entertainment and free-for-all journalism can Blogs instill new cultural identities and open up new zones of dialogue and critique? Can they lead to cultural and artistic production per se, or drown in parody and hasty mash-ups during their authors' 5 minute bursts of fame?
CREATIVITY 2.0 will be moderated in Rotterdam by V2_ program curator Stephen Kovats, and in Hangzhou by writer and cultural theorist Tian Sun.
The event will be streamed live using REAL MEDIA and IRC moderated online by Berlin based independent curator Vera Tollmann.
If you are online we invite you to participate in the event via IRC text chat on:
Schedule and Format:
V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam
Saturday October 28, 2006
10.00 Doors open at V2_, welcome coffee
10.30 CREATIVITY 2.0 intro + selected Chinese videoblog screening
11.00 - go live, online with Hangzhou - Stephen Kovats and Tian Sun
11.05 - speaker 1: Zhang Qing, in Hangzhou
11.15 - speaker 2: Régine Debatty, in Rotterdam
11.25 - speaker 3: Gino Yu, in Hangzhou
11.35 - open discussion with local and online participants
12.00 - close connection
12.00 - 13.00 discussion/conclusion at V2_, with screenings
All times listed are local Rotterdam times.
To check your time zone, please consult: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
V2_ will also be streaming the entire conference in Hangzhou and will moderate online selected presentations and discussions. Check the conference site for full schedule: http://cnbloggercon.org/2006/en/Schedule
NOTE!: Most areas (but not China!) will revert to Standard Time at 0300 on Sunday October 29. Check if your area has a Daylight Saving Time shift during the conference weekend: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst2006b.html