Geert Lovink

Geert Lovink (NL/AU) is a media theorist and net critic.

Geert Lovink is a Dutch media theorist, internet critic and author of  Dark Fiber (2002),  Networks Without a Cause (2012) and Sad by Design (2019). Het is the founder of the Institute of Network Cultures and Professor of Art and Network Cultures at the University of Amsterdam.


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Geert Lovink is co-founder of numerous online projects such as nettime and fibreculture, and the author of Dark Fiber (2002), Uncanny Networks (2002), My First Recession - which was published by V2_ (2003) and Zero Comments (2007).

Having studied political science in Amsterdam and holding a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Lovink is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, which grew out of his appointment as research professor at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (interactive media) and associate professor (new media) at the University of Amsterdam. During 2005-2006, Lovink was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, the Centre for Advanced Study in Berlin, where he finished the third volume of an ongoing research on Internet culture: Zero Comments. He has been working and teaching media theory throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

Lovink is a former editor of Mediamatic (1989-1994); co-founder of the free community net Digital City; and co-organizer of several editions of conferences such as Next Five Minutes, Metaforum, Ars Electronica and Interface. In 1995, together with Pit Schultz, he founded the international nettime circle - a mailinglist and a series of meetings and publications. During 1996-2000 he did public research at Amsterdam's De Waag, the Society for Old and New Media. He is a member of the advisory board of Sarai, a new media center in Delhi (India) which opened in February 2001.

Lovink is a member of Adilkno/Bilwet, the Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge - a collective of media-related intellectuals established in 1983. Their first published pieces in Mediamatics (starting in 1988) became known as UTO's (Unidentified Theoretical Objects), and where subsequently published as the collected theoretical work The Media Archive (1992).

His web archive and blog are at:



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