Marxism and New Media Video Files!

Bookending the semester, and better late than never, we’re very happy to report that the Marxism and New Media 2012 video files have now all been uploaded to iTunesU. Unfortunately, due to technical issues and corrupted files, a small number of the talks have been lost, most disappointingly the entire first panel and Kate Hayles’s conference-closing remarks. But you can now find the bulk of the conference at iTunesU. A listing of available talks follows:

Opening Remarks, Mark Hansen

Media Activism
Rodrigo Savazoni (Universidade Federal do ABC) and Cicero Inacio da Silva (Universidade Federal of Juiz de Fora), “The Emergence of a Decentralized Form of Activism in Brazil”
James Clark (York University), “Masking/marking class struggle: The role of new media in Egypt’s revolution”
Luke Stark (New York University), “#ows and the Digital Nomos”

Labor and Class
Ben Morton (University of Iowa), “Online Exploitation : They reCAPTCHA Your Work, One Word at a Time”
David Bering-Porter (Brown University), “Embodied Autonomy: Undead Labor in the Zombie and the Virus”
Marco Deseriis (The New School), “Is Anonymous a New Form of Luddism?”

Emergent Bodies and Embodiments
Jacob Peters (University of Southern California), “Breathing Life into 0s and 1s”
Scott Sundvall (Bowling Green State University), “Potentiality and Possibility: Technology, Language, and Desire”
Jim Hodge (Duke University), “Precarious Time”
Respondent: Mark Olson (Duke University, Professor of Visual and Media Studies)

Jacob Gaboury (New York University), “Against Productivity: On the Queer Logic of Computation”
Micha Cárdenas (University of Southern California), “Queer Porn as Postcapitalist Virus”
Julie Levin Russo (Brown University), “Queer Labor? Online Workers in the Television Factory”
Pinar Yoldas (Duke University), “Speculative Biologies: A Queer Critique of Techno-Capitalism”

Patrick LeMieux (Duke University), “Open House”
Elaine Gan (University of California – Santa Cruz), “Mapping Time”
Andrew Stefan Weiner (University of California, Berkeley), “Brecht’s Cauliflowers, Super Mario’s Clouds: Promises of Freedom in Contemporary Art”
Pedro Lasch (Duke University), “The Poverty of New Media: Social Experimentation and Critical Art”

Collective Production in New Media
Chuck Tryon (Fayetteville State University), “Curating Audiences, or Using Social TV to Mobilize”
Calvin Hui (Duke University), “Digitizing Rubbish”
Pooja Rangan (The New School), “Child’s Play: Tactics of Immaterial Child Labor in Contemporary Humanitarian Media”
Respondent: Victoria Szabo (Duke University, Professor of Visual Studies and New Media, Director of Information Science and Information Studies [ISIS])

New Political Economy
Sangmin Kim(George Mason University), “Surplus Subjects and Their Surplus Practices through New Media in Korea”
Benjamin Robertson (University of Colorado at Boulder), “The Political Economy of New Media and Education”
Robert Topinka (Northwestern University), “Privatizing a Decentered Commons: Intellectual Property and the Author in Digital Space”

Games and Virtual Worlds
Stephanie Boluk (Vassar College), “State of Play: Procedural Love and Ludic Labor”
Alenda Chang (University of California, Berkeley), “Land’s Labors Lost: Farm Games and the Counter-Pastoral”
Kenneth Rogers (University of California, Riverside), “Technologies of Management: Digital Labor, Human Capital, and the Attention Economy”
Braxton Soderman (Miami University), “Benjamin and Brecht Play Chess: Critiquing the Industry of Innovation in Contemporary Game Production”

Cognitive Capitalism
Robert Prey (Simon Fraser University), “Networks of Exclusion, Networks of Exploitation: Marx as a Network Theorist”
Pieter Lemmens (Wageningen University and Research Centre), “Liberating the common from cognitive capitalism. On the organology and pharmacology of the general intellect”
Matteo Pasquinelli (Queen Mary University of London), “Machinic Capitalism and Network Surplus Value: Towards a Political Economy of the Turing Machine”
Laurel Ahnert (Georgia State University), “Information as a Commodity Form and its Relation to the (Racialized) Surveillance Subject in Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience”

Alex Galloway (NYU)
Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD)
McKenzie Wark (The New School)

Closing Remarks
Katherine Hayles


Marxism and New Media Keynote & Closing

We were honored to have Ricardo Dominguez, Alexander R. Galloway, and McKenzie Wark as our keynote speakers. We were no less honored to have Duke’s own Michael Hardt as our moderator and Kate Hayles as our conference closer.

Wow. What a day!

Ricardo Dominguez (and his younger self - in middle) on Electronic Disobedience


Ricardo Dominguez


Alex Galloway on Marxism and New Media


McKenzie Wark "Karl Marx was never a philosopher, he was a journalist"


Kate Hayles on how the 1% became the 1%


Kate Hayles, Closing Remarks


Thanks to all for a successful conference!


(Photos by Amanda Starling Gould 1.21.2012)


Marxism and New Media Conference Day Two

Another great day of incredible presentations!

MNM Conference Day Two: Standing room only!

Robert Prey answers questions about his “Networks of Exclusion, Networks of Exploitation: Marx as a Network Theorist” presentation

Pieter Lemmens " a battle (field)...

Micha Cárdenas and Zach Blas live Tweet the MNM Conference

Getting ready for the keynote

Thanks to all for a great second day!

(Photos by Amanda Starling Gould 1.21.2012)

Marxism and New Media Conference Day One

We had a great showing today. Thank you to all participants, panelists, and curious onlookers.


Marxism and New Media Queer Panel


Pinar Yoldas presents on "Speculative Biologies"


Patrick LeMieux presents his art installation "Open House"


Andrew Stefan Weiner presents on the "Promises of Freedom in Contemporary Art"


We’ll see you all again tomorrow!

(Photos taken by Amanda Starling Gould 1.20.2012)


Marx_Reloaded. The event was a success!

The Marx_Reloaded audience is growing.

Abe Geil introduces Jason Barker's Marx_Reloaded

Marx_Reloaded viewing

Live Skype interview with director Jason Barker and Duke's Shilyh Warren.

Thanks to all who made the film screening a success! Welcome to the Marxism and New Media Conference!


(Photos taken by Amanda Starling Gould and Lisa Klarr 1.19.2012)

Schedule Updates

Please note the following schedule changes:

1. Professor Jameson will be unable to join Prof. Mark Hansen in making the opening remarks on Friday morning.

2. All Thursday events will take place on Duke East Campus. The Friedl building can be located here:
It’s slightly confusing because the front entrance says “Science” rather than Friedl. The film screening in White hall is two buildings south of Friedl.

3. All Friday/Saturday events will take place in the John Hope Franklin Center, located here: