Institute of Network Cultures - INC
The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) analyzes and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. INC’s projects evolve around urgent publishing, alternative revenue models, critical design and making, digital counter-culture, and much more. The INC was founded in 2004 by Geert Lovink, following his appointment at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. A key focus is the establishment of sustainable research networks. Emerging critical topics are identified and shaped in a practical sense. Interdisciplinary in character, the INC brings together researchers, artists, activists, programmers, designers, and students and teachers.
The field of network cultures revolves around the interaction between new forms of media and the users of such new forms. With a strong focus on the transdisciplinary nature of new media and its DIY and open-source components, the INC gives equal attention to the artistic, political, and technical aspects of the internet and other emergent media. The aim of the INC is to create sustainable research networks around emerging topics in which a critical contribution can be made. The formation of a small group of international people, both inside and outside of the academy, may result in a larger online discussion.