Hybrid Discourse

Series of talks and events investigating the relationship between culture and economy in the context of new technologies, with Sally Jane Norman, Jeremy Valentine, Chris Speed, Kate Rich, Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska, Geoff Cox, Rtmark, Soda, Paul D. Miller/Dj Spooky, Mike Phillips, Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska & Piotr Krajewski, Sarah Cook, Michele Thursz, Lina Dzuverovic-Russell, Joasia Krysa, Luca Dal Pozzolo, Clive Gillman, Anne Nigten, Bronac Ferran, Jordan Crandall, Marina Grzinic Mauhler, Simon Ford, Josephine Bosma, Volker Grassmuck, Anya Lewin.

02 January 2002 → 02 May 2002
University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Hybrid Discourse is a series of talks and events investigating the relationship between culture and economy in the context of new technologies.

The interaction between culture and economy was famously explored by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer by the term ‘Kulturindustrie’ (The Culture Industry) to describe the production of mass culture and power relations between capitalist producers and mass consumers. Their account is a bleak one, but one that appears to hold continuing relevance, despite being written in 1944. Today, the pervasiveness of network technologies has contributed to the further erosion of the rigid boundaries between high art, mass culture and the economy, resulting in new kinds of cultural production charged with contradictions. On the one hand, the culture industry appears to allow for resistant strategies using digital technologies, but on the other it operates in the service of capital in ever more complex ways.

This series uses the concept of the culture industry as a point of departure, and tests its currency under new conditions. In response to this, invited speakers explore number of areas of cultural practice including cultural criticism, artistic, curatorial and entrepreneural practice.

Programme of Events:

  1. Cultural Criticism, part 1 (January 02)
  2. Creative Practices (February 02)
  3. Hybrid Practices: Art for Commerce / Commerce for Art (March 02)
  4. Curatorial Practices & Institutions (April 02)
    1. Session 1
    2. Session 2
    3. Session 3
  5. Cultural Criticism, part 2 (May 02)

Project Archive & Webcast

Hybrid Discourse is organised by Anya Lewin and Joasia Krysa.