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Networked Cultures

Departing from sites of geopolitical conflicts and social confrontations, the Networked Cultures project investigates the cultural transformations under way in Europe through examining the potentials and effects of networked spatial practices. Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the project collaborates with art, architectural and urban practices across Europe and beyond to look at ways in which contested spaces allow for a multi- inhabitation of territories and narratives across cultural, social or geographic boundaries. Sites of alternative urban engagement are collected on a database and will be presented in a variety of formats, including exhibitions, films and books. The research employs a variety of strands along which the project itself can develop within networks of exchanges and interventions.

Interaction networks and transient aggregations of spatial practices do not only form important sites for critical urban engagement, they are also sites of knowledge production. Networked Cultures seeks to conceptualise the knowledge embodied by these new forms of socio-spatial organisation and group action and will explore the ways in which they offer new perspectives for dealing with contested spaces. In particular, it will investigate how the examined spatial practices can reduce our dependence on fixed and separated knowledge, while giving us the tools to develop new knowledge together. The development of a set of practice led frameworks around architectural and cultural networks will contribute to enhance an understanding of how the architecture of space is malleable and can be transformed by those who are actors in a space of relationships.

Contact: Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW, UK; tel: (+44) 02079197171; e-mail: info@networkedcultures.org; www.networkedcultures.org/