E-discourse in Online Networked Communities: Structure, Timing, Tone, and Affect


Presentation Title:

  • E-discourse in Online Networked Communities: Structure, Timing, Tone, and Affect




  • Panel Statement (abstract):

    We will discuss the various ways that the Internet has empowered remote, networked, collaborative idea generating, knowledge sharing, and discussion. Through the specific examples of list-serves, e-conferencing, blogging, and ecurating, our assembled group of international specialists will share their experience in managing these online forums. In these virtual collaboratories individual participant contributions create a composite body of knowledge. E-discourse explodes the edifice of code that imposes implicit rules that affect styles of organization and communication — written, aural and visual. From stream of consciousness writing where individuals simply write random internal thoughts and narratives to conversational styles that engage others from the network, or formal lecture style writing where participants simply copy and paste previously published material, networked discourse displays the electric verve of networked communication. Specially coded interfaces can create a rhizomatic flurry of successes and failures affected by time, tone, regularity, and translation. More complicated are the effects of the apparent intrinsic cultural values of race, gender, affect, and politics.

    Individual presentations:

    • Renate Ferro – the list-serv -empyre- softskinned space


    In this panel artist and managing moderator, Renate Ferro, discusses the history and relevance of the listserv platform, -empyre- soft-skinned space, which emerged in art and technology networks in 2002.

    • Timothy Murray – e-curating: global networks and curator


    Timothy Murray traces the evolution of online curating, from early international collaborations to the development of robust online curatorial exchanges that forever altered the centrality of museum-based curation.

    • Maurice Benayoun – the blog- the Memory Dump, the disregarded power of undone art


    The Dump.net project is born from the following assumption: as the universe is made of 96 percent of dark matter, the art we know and we see should be made of roughly the same amount of unfinished projects.

    • Randall Packer – the e-conference- Collapsing the Walls of the Arts Conference


    While online practices for learning and creative production have captured the attention of artists, arts educators and cultural organizations worldwide, techniques for highly collaborative and dynamic peer-to-peer forms remain an area of great potential for academic and artistic conferences.