Sustaining Networked Knowledge

Expertise, feminist media production, art and activism

“A key question from the [Literacy, Expertise and Knowledge] scoping study asks: how do cultures and communities become better enabled to engage with, use, control, make sense of and produce digital media? This network builds on the subtheme’s scoping study by moving from issues of access to issues of sustainability. It pursues the question of how non-institutionalized communities become enabled to engage in digital media and how to sustain networked knowledge production. The aim of the network is twofold:

1) To learn. In the face of exclusion how do people become enabled to engage in digital media
2) To create. How can an understanding of these engagements be sustained and made into stable, long-term, forms of networked knowledge

The overarching aim of the network is to learn about existing practices of engagement as well as to generate new ones, and to co-create forms of networked knowledge production that would sustain this learning and sharing of knowledge and expertise as a long term community asset and conversation. Feminism can make, and has historically made, important interventions in sustainability both on national and international levels and in its theoretical and practical embedding to technology. In particular, feminist cultural production has a long history of working to enable engagement with computing, technology and media making. Art and activism are areas of cultural production that cut across communities of exclusion, including intersections of gender, sexuality, race, age, ability, economics and language.”

(Fotopoulou & O’Riordan, ‘Case for Support’)




Key Participants:

Dr Kate O’Riordan (Principal Investigator) is a Reader in Digital Media at the University of Sussex, and Associate Professor of Art at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her expertise is in theory and practice of digital culture and debates in art, science and technology. She co-directs the Centre for Material Digital Culture at the University of Sussex and leads work in digital cultural production and investigations of new technologies in an arts context.

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (Co-Investigator) is postdoctoral Research Fellow working at the intersections of media & cultural studies with science & technologies studies. Based at the Centre for Material Digital Culture, Department of Media and Film, University of Sussex, she works on a media analysis of three emerging technologies – smart grids, wearable sensors and in-vitro meat (EPINET Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks, FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012- European Commission). She also works for the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths on Storycircle, an action research project that explores the social and digital conditions for narrative exchange and knowledge production. She is Research Co-Investigator  in the project Susnet: Sustaining networked knowledge.

The network will also include: Frauke Behrendt, Natalie Bookchin, Lisa Cartwright, Cecile Chevalier, Mary Flanagan, Catherine GrantJoan Haran, Margaretta Jolly, Alex Juhasz, Irmi Karl, Sarah Kember, Ann LightMaureen McNeil, Carole Stabile, Jenny Sunden and Joanna Zylinska.