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pp. v-vi

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The Participatory Condition: An Introduction

Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, Tamar Tembeck

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pp. vii-xl

The participatory condition names the situation in which participation—being involved in doing something and taking part in something with others  has become both environmental (a state of affairs) and normative (a binding principle of right action).1 Participation is the general condition in which many of us live or seek to live (though, to be sure, not all of us, and not all in the same way). ...

I. The Politics of Participation

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1. Power as Participation’s Master Signifier

Nico Carpentier

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pp. 3-21

This chapter sets out to argue that participation is a political-ideological concept that is intrinsically and intimately linked to power. is close connection is symbolized by reverting to Lacan’s metaphor of the master signifier—without blindly respecting Lacanian orthodoxy—  ...

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2. Participation as Ideology in Occupy Wall Street

Cayley Sorochan

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pp. 22-43

No matter where it appears, participation consistently carries with it a positive connotation. In many cases the positive connotation attached to participation implies that it is a good in itself, regardless of the nature of the practice we are encouraged to take part in. Nevertheless, participation is a contradictory concept. ...

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3. From TuniLeaks to Bassem Youssef: Revolutionary Media in the Arab World

Jillian C. York

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pp. 44-59

In terms of press freedom, the Arab world traditionally ranks consistently low.1 Restrictions on publishing, licensing requirements, and blatant censorship abound throughout the region, leaving countless stories unreported or underreported. Foreign media reporting on the region o­ften comes up against state restrictions, ...

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4. Think Outside the Boss: Cooperative Alternatives for the Post-Internet Age

Trebor Scholz

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pp. 60-76

The past decade has not only been about the sharing economy  the Handys, Feastlys, TaskRabbits, and Ubers; it has also been marked by the complete inability of traditional unions to answer to the new demands of a dispersed workforce, sharp attacks on employment and worker rights, faster PCs, Big Data, cloud computing, and the crash of the financial system in 2008. ...

II. Openness

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5. Paradoxes of Participation

Christina Dunbar-Hester

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pp. 79-100

One afternoon during a weekend workshop where volunteers were building a new low-power FM radio station, a middle-aged electrician approached me and apologized for making me cry. is was puzzling to me, because I had not interacted with him at any point. I looked at him quizzically, and he quickly realized his error: ...

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6. Participatory Design and the Open Source Voice

Graham Pullin

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pp. 101-122

Participatory design places the people who might use whatever is being designed at the heart of the design process. In other words, it means designing with them, not just for them. is can lead to designs that are more appropriate, and interventions that are more likely to be appropriated. ...

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7. Open Source Cancer: Brain Scans and the Rituality of Biodigital Data Sharing

Alessandro Delfanti, Salvatore Iaconesi

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pp. 123-144

In 2012, the Italian designer, open source activist, and digital media artist Salvatore Iaconesi open sourced his cancer. Inspired by a history of patient liberation and in an effort to demedicalize his condition, he placed all medical data and information related to his brain tumor  from brain scans to medical reports on a website called La Cura (the cure)1 alongside an open and inclusive request for “cures.” ...

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8. Internet-Mediated Mutual Cooperation Practices: e Sharing of Material and Immaterial Resources

Bart Cammaerts

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pp. 145-166

Mutual cooperation is defined here as a form of social and/ or economic cooperation between citizens based on the sharing of material goods, as well as immaterial resources such as services, skills, or knowledge. They tend to be characterized not only by forms of solidarity, but also by expectations of reciprocity. ...

III. Participation under Surveillance

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9. Big Urban Data and Shrinking Civic Space: The Statistical City Meets the Simulated City

Kate Crawford

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pp. 169-186

In May 2013, Boston held a two-day outdoor music festival called Boston Calling. It featured the National, Cults, Dirty Projectors, the Shins, and dozens of other well-known indie and alt-rock bands. It drew thousands of music fans to the forecourt of City Hall. ...

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10. The Pacification of Interactivity

Mark Andrejevic

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pp. 187-206

Once upon a time, not long ago, music served as the paradigmatic example of the disruptive potential of digital media technologies. At the turn of the new millennium, le sharing came to stand as the paradigmatic example of emerging forms of bottom-up participation that subverted the top-down, market-driven tactics of marketers, producers, and the culture industry more broadly. ...

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11. The Surveillance–Innovation Complex: The Irony of the Participatory Turn

Julie E. Cohen

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pp. 207-226

Over the last several decades, surveillance has become increasingly privatized and commercialized—and also increasingly participatory. This shift has challenged initial conceptualizations of surveillance as discipline and control by the state. Surveillance theorists have responded by turning to theories of networked flow, mass-mediated commodification, ...

IV. Participation and Aisthesis

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12. Preparations for a Haunting: Notes toward an Indigenous Future Imaginary

Jason Edward Lewis

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pp. 229-250

My long term collaborator, the artist Skawennati, is Iroquois, a Mohawk from Kahnawà:ke near Montreal. She opened our presentation at The Participatory Condition conference with a greeting based on the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (Thanksgiving Address) of the Iroquois people: ...

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13. Participatory Situations: The Dialogical Art of Instant Narrative by Dora García

Rudolf Frieling

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pp. 251-268

In media art, there is characteristically no “art” in the strict sense advanced by museum policy. There is no unique object that can be identified as an original valuable object. Instead there are only concepts, codes, instructions, copies, and relationships.1 This condition applies to contemporary art in general, including the live arts, whose rise within the visual arts has been much discussed over the last decade. ...

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14. The Formation of New Reason: Seven Proposals for the Renewal of Education

Bernard Stiegler

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pp. 269-284

Prior to any question about the future of schooling, we must posit as a principle that only if we reflect on the university will it be possible to rethink primary and secondary education, and not the other way around; to do otherwise would be to say that we must conceive schooling on the basis of extracurricular “needs,” whether these are economic, political, social, or even religious needs, ...

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15. Zoom Pavilion

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Krzysztof Wodiczko

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pp. 285-288

Zoom Pavillion is a live augmented-reality installation where people’s presence in the public space is detected and projected onto the very ground where they are standing, using the world’s brightest projectors. The piece is at once an experimental platform for self-representation and a giant urban microscope to connect the public to each other and to their city. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 289-290

This volume builds on activities and exchanges held during "The Participatory Condition,” an international colloquium hosted by Media@ McGill at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on November 15 and 16, 2013,  (www.pcond.ca). We are grateful to everyone who presented at the conference: ...

Contributors

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pp. 291-294

Index

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pp. 295-304

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