Media against Democracy? - The Commercialization of Internet and the Crisis of Media

Multimedia Institute, Kurziv and Kulturtreger are organizing the conference:
Media against Democracy?
The Commercialization of Internet and the Crisis of Media

24/04 - 26/04/2014 @ Goethe Institut, Vukovarska 64, Zagreb

The media and journalism are undergoing a turbulent and painful period of restructuring. Joint forces of disruptive technological innovation and economic crisis have pulled the rug under the ailing print and broadcasting media and their production models. Journalism is being undercut by parallel processes of deskilling and lay-offs. Media reporting is increasingly becoming uniform and reduced to opinionated journalism, agency news and press releases. However, the roots of this process of economic rationalization are not of recent making. Although internet is frequently blamed for obliterating the business models of traditional media, this has only precipitated the fundamental problems of media in contemporary capitalist democracies that were set in motion in the decades before the internet with the growing concentration of media ownership and commercialization of media content.

Faculty of De-programming for Obsolescence! Welcome! - A Konference

Thursday, 27th February, 19-21h
Friday, 28th February, 18-20h

The Black House/Youth Centre CK13
Novi Sad, Vojvode Bojovića 13

konference organisers and editors:
kuda.org, Novi Sad & Howard Slater, London

Thwarted phd,
Proletarian university,
General intellect,
Common notions,
Free university,
Group therapy,
Orgonic being,

Aesthetic Education Expanded - Artistic Experimentation and Political Culture in the Age of Networks

Aesthetic Education Expanded is the project of collaboration of five organizations: Berliner Gazette from Germany, Kontrapunkt from Macedonia, kuda.org, Multimedia Institute from Croatia and Mute magazine from Great Britain, which is supported by the program Culture 2007-2013 of European Commission and the European Cultural Fondation (ECF).


On Uncreative Writing, lecture by Kenneth Goldsmith

Tuesday, July 16th 2013 at 20h
Novi Sad, Youth Center CK13
within the event An Archive/Live Archive/UnArchive
organized by kuda.org, Novi Sad and Multimedia Institute mi2, Zagreb

Can techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing? The Internet and the digital environment present writers with new challenges and opportunities to reconceive creativity, authorship, and their relationship to language. Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist.

Series of discussions: An Archive/Live Archive/UnArchive and Public Library workshop

July 15&16th, 2013
Novi Sad, Youth Center CK13
organized by kuda.org, Novi Sad and Multimedia Institute mi2, Zagreb

Participants: Dušan Barok (Monoskop), Kenneth Goldsmith (UbuWeb), Marcell Mars (Public Library), kuda.org (with not-yet-archive of the neo-avant-garde art) and Simon Worthington (Live Archiving and Users Journeys)

There are so many initiatives recently dealing with archiving of different artistic, cultural and historical materials, which are induced by the possibilities of digitization as a new round of 'actualization' and new spaces for dissemination of the material dealt with. The dominant framework of those initiatives is still institutional – by that, public/state institutions are employing contemporary tools in order to remain in their great narratives of 'history', 'heritage' and '(national) culture', to remain in control. However, we are more interested in initiatives which are invested in practices diverging from institutional and state strategies. Instead of conservation, we would like to think of 'live archives'; instead of nourishing canons, we would like to think of creation of 'history from bellow' as 'a counter-memory' – with all their possible implications.