Geert Lovink

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| birth_place = | spouse = | children = Kazimir LovinkThe Netherlands>Dutch| alma_mater = University of Amsterdam, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland| employer = University of Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, European Graduate School| occupation = Professor| website =weblink}}Geert Lovink (born 1959, Amsterdam) is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures,WEB,weblink Institute of Network Cultures,, whose goals are to explore, document and feed the potential for socio-economical change of the new media field through events, publications and open dialogue.WEB,weblink Institute of Network Cultures - The Institute of Network Cultures presents: MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives,, As theorist, activist and net critic, Lovink has made an effort in helping to shape the development of the web.Lovink is a Research Professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and a Professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School. From 2004-2013 he was an Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).Geert Lovink Faculty Profile at European Graduate School. Biography, bibliography, photos and video lectures. Lovink earned his master's degree in political science at the University of Amsterdam, holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2008-10-14, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-07-05,


{{External links|date=July 2015}}Since the early eighties, Lovink has been involved in a range of different projects and initiatives in the field of new media.
  • 1982 Member of Adilkno
  • 1989–94 Editor for the media art magazine MediamaticWEB,weblink,,
  • 1993 Co-founder of the support campaign for independent media in South-East Europe Press Nowweblink
  • 1994 Co-founder of the Amsterdam-based free community network Digital CityWEB,weblink DDS Home,, (DDS)
  • 1995 Co-founder (together with Pit Schultz) of the international nettime circle
  • 1996–99 Public researcher at the Society for Old and New Media, De WaagWEB,weblink Waag Society, Waag Society,
  • 1996 Coordinating projects and teaching once a year at the IMI mediaschoolWEB,weblink IMI/グローバル映像大学,, in Osaka/Japan
  • 2000 organizer of the Tulipomania Dotcom conference
  • 2000–08 Consultant/editor to the exchange program of Waag Society and Sarai New Media Centre (Delhi)
  • 2001 Co-founder of FibreCulture,WEB,weblink Fibreculture,, a forum for Australian Internet research and culture
  • 2002 Co-organizer of Dark Markets,WEB,weblink DARK MARKETS - INFOPOLITICS, ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY IN TIMES OF CRISIS,, on new media and democracy in times of crisis in Vienna
  • 2003 Co-organizer of Uncertain States of Reportagweblink in Delhi
  • 2004 Co-organizer (together with Trebor Scholz) of the conference on the art of (online) collaboration Free CooperationWEB,weblink The Blog Of Free Cooperation,, at SUNY Buffalo
  • 2012 Co-organizer of Unlike Us, Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives in AmsterdamWEB,weblink Unlike Us,,
On 31 May 2010 Geert Lovink took part in Quit Facebook Day and deleted his Facebook account.Join the Facebook Exodus on May 31!, blogpost, 27 May 2010.


Geert Lovink was one of the key theorists behind the concept of tactical media – the use of media technologies as a tool for critical theory to become artistic practice. As an Internet activist, he describes tactical media as a "deliberately slippery term, a tool for creating 'temporary consensus zones' based on unexpected alliances. A temporary alliance of hackers, artists, critics, journalists and activists."Meikle, Grahama (2004) "Networks of Influence: Internet Activism in Australia and Beyond" in Gerard Goggin (ed.) Virtual Nation: the Internet in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney pp 73-87In essence, he believes that these new resources of which audiences could become participants in actions against higher powers became an area in which many different types of people could unite. Lovink also was a founder of such projects as "nettime", "organised networks", "virtual media" and more.


These are some of the projects Lovink is or has been involved with:
  • MoneyLab WEB,weblink
  • Unlike Us, Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives
  • Critical Point of View (CPoV):WEB,weblink CPOV,, Wikipedia Research Initiative
  • Urban Screens:WEB,weblink Urban Screens,, The City as Interface
  • Society of the Query:WEB,weblink Society of the Query,, stop searching, start questioning, on the dominant role of search engines in our culture
  • Video Vortex:WEB,weblink Video Vortex,, on independent production and distribution of online video content
  • New Network Theory:WEB,weblink New Network Theory,, on smart mobs
  • MyCreativity:WEB,weblink MyCreativity,, on creative industries
  • The Art and Politics of NetpornWEB,weblink Netporn,,
  • Incommunicado:WEB,weblink Incommunicado,, on information technology for development
  • A Decade of WebdesignWEB,weblink Dit domein is gereserveerd - IS,,


  • Lovink, Geert. Dynamics of Critical Internet Culture (1994-2001), PhD thesis, English Department, The University of Melbourne, 2002.
  • Lovink, Geert. Dark Fiber: Tracking Critical Internet Culture, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press, 2002. {{ISBN|0-262-12249-9}}
  • Lovink, Geert. Uncanny Networks, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.
  • Lovink, Geert. My First Recession, Rotterdam: NAi/V2_Publishing, 2003.
  • Lovink, Geert. The Principle of Notworking, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005.
  • Lovink, Geert. "New Media, Art and Science: Explorations Beyond the Official Discourse", in Scott McQuire and Nikos Papastergiadis (eds), Empires, Ruins + Networks: The Transcultural Agenda in Art, Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 2005.
  • Lovink, Geert. Tactical Media, the Second Decade, Brazilian Submidialogia, 2005.
  • Lovink, Geert and Rossiter, Ned. "Dawn of the organized networks", Fibreculture Journal 5 2005.
  • Lovink, Geert. Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Lovink, Geert. Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media, Cambridge and Malden: Polity, 2012. {{ISBN|9780745649689}}.
  • Lovink, Geert and Rasch, Miriam (eds), Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2013. {{ISBN|978-90-818575-2-9}}, paperback, 384 pages.
  • Lovink, Geert. Social Media Abyss, Critical Internet Cultures and the Force of Negation, Cambridge and Malden: Polity, 2016. {{ISBN|978150950776-4}}.
  • Lovink, Geert, Tkacz, Nathaniel, and de Vries, Patricia (eds), MoneyLab Reader: An Intervention in Digital Economy, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2015. {{ISBN|978-90-822345-5-8}}.


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