Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…
Public Lecture/Presentation 2: Dmytri Kleiner & Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Date: Wednesday, 16/02/2011
Time: 19:30
Location: Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam
or watch the live stream at:

In the previous public lecture programme, Seda Guerses and Michelle Teran covered issues surrounding surveillance, privacy and anonymity. The next two talks, given by Dmytri Kleiner and Mirko Tobias Schäfer, will look at both centralised and decentralised models of social networks. Examining the language promoting, and at times cloaking these systems, they will explore emerging modes of governance, possibilities for self-determination, the monetization of personal data and the complexities of delineating public and private space within these platforms.

Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Assistant Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht in the Department for Media and Culture Studies. He obtained a magister (master) in theater, film and media studies from the University of Vienna in 2002, and a PhD from Utrecht University in 2008. From 2000 to 2002 Mirko was organiser and co-curator of [d]vision – Vienna Festival for Digital Culture. After his graduation from Vienna University, he went to Utrecht University (NL) as a junior teacher/researcher, and wrote his dissertation on participatory culture. Mirko is co-editor of the recently published volume Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology. He publishes on modified electronic consumer goods, software development and the socio-political debates on information and communication technology.

Dmytri Kleiner is a software developer working on projects that investigate the political economy of the internet, and the ideal of workers' self-organisation of production as a form of class struggle. Born in the USSR, Dmytri grew up in Toronto and now lives in Berlin. He is a founder of the Telekommunisten Collective, which provides internet and telephone services, as well as undertakes artistic projects that explore the way communications technologies have social relations embedded within them, such as deadSwap (2009) and Thimbl (2010).

Bringing together artists, programmers and theorists, 'Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…' is a series of lectures and presentations examining the porous borders of privacy in the digital age. If you would like to find out more, please go to PZI's website.

This project has been generously supported by the research programme Communication in a Digital Age.