Departing from sites of geopolitical conflicts and social confrontations, the Networked Cultures project, based at Goldsmiths, University of London and Vienna University of Technology, aims to reconsider the cultural transformations under way in Europe through examining the potentials and effects of networked spatial practices. The project, in particular, investigates art, architectural and urban practices located in contested spaces whose work allows for a multi-inhabitation of territories and narratives across cultural, social or geographic boundaries. In doing so, the project seeks to extend current debates of architectural and spatial planning by addressing the emergence of new forms of urban engagement, by re-evaluating the relationship between space and conflict and by establishing trajectories of an architectural culture geared towards network formation.
In accordance with the particular character of this project, public communication and presentation form an essential part of it. As the Networked Cultures database grows, more and more information will be available online in the run of the project. Outcomes of the research have been distributed via conferences, workshops, reports and publications. Audio-visual reports and other components of the project have been presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Venues include the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, Trafó Gallery, Budapest, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Proekt Fabrika, Moscow, Pro qm, Berlin, santralistanbul, Istanbul, Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna and Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Building on the network logic of this project, the series of Networked Cultures Dialogues (2008) has offered a range of settings to connect the project contributors with a multitude of local actors, including Özge Açikkol, Azra Akšamija, Ayreen Anastas, Ricardo Basbaum, Helmut Batista, Jochen Becker, Matei Bejenaru, Ursula Biemann, Sylvie Blocher, Stefano Boeri, Katherine Carl, Sarah Carrington, Branka Curcic, François Daune, Igor Dobricic, Ana Dzokic, Joan Escofet, Jesko Fezer, Asya Filippova, Rene Gabri, Iacopo Gallico, Sophie Hope, Nataša Ilic, Guven Incirlioglu, Katrin Klingan, Vasif Kortun, Erden Kosova, Olga Lopoukhova, Margarethe Makovec, Marc Neelen, Philipp Oswalt, Kyong Park, Marta Paz, Constantin Petcou, Tadej Pogacar, Poka-Yio, Marjetica Potrc, Gerald Raunig, Oliver Ressler, Josep Saldaña, Marko Sancanin, Günes Savas, Florian Schneider, Despoina Sevasti, Pablo de Soto, Srdjan J. Weiss, Eyal Weizman, Seçil Yersel and Claudia Zanfi.