Nettime is a mailing list for net criticism, media-activism and net.art. It is a movement of individuals and groups that spreads essays, interviews and discussions through the mailing list. It is a social network that has previously published several readers concerning net critique.
The Nettime evening during DEAF98 featured the premier presentation of 'README!', the first international publication of the Nettime mailing list. This 500-page book (published by Autonomedia, New York) collects over a hundred texts and other contributions and offers a highly substantial account of contemporary thought and critical debate about Internet culture.
The presentation of this book was followed by a panel discussion about the role that electronic networks play in the de- and reconstruction of the public sphere, and about the emergent social topologies they generate.
20.15 Book presentation README!
Diana McCarty (US/HU), networker and organiser with the Media Research
Foundation Budapest, talked about the realisation of the book
Pit Schultz (D), artist and net-critic, talked about the different faces of Nettime and the development of its discourses
21.00 Panel discussion with statements by:
Ted Byfield (US), New York-based editor and occasional writer
Marleen Stikker (NL), co-director of the Society for Old and New Media, Amsterdam
McKenzie Wark (AUS), writer and lecturer in media studies at Macquarie University, Sidney
Faith Wilding (US), multi-disciplinary artist and Research Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Felix Stalder (CH/CDN), media theorist and writer
The evening was moderated by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (CDN/MEX).