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The Institute of Network Cultures (INC)


The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) analyzes and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. Our projects evolve around digital publishing, alternative revenue models, online video and design, digital counter culture and much more. Its goal is to create a future-driven continental European culture of (radical) critique of technology that is not positioning itself as an academic or counter-cultural outsider but sees a lively form of critique as an essential part of the process in which technological architectures (and cultures) come into being. The INC was founded in 2004 by Geert Lovink, following his appointment within the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. A key focus is the establishment of sustainable research networks. Emerging critical topics are identified and shaped in a practical sense. Interdisciplinary in character, the INC brings together researchers, artists, activists, programmers, designers, and students and teachers.

In 2018 INC has three communities that we are actively building up and supporting:

  1. MoneyLab, a network of critical art projects, founded in 2013, focusses on bitcoin, blockchain, crowdfunding and other ways to redistribute financial resources towards the arts. After three conferences in Amsterdam in 2014, 2015 and 2016, in January 2018 we had the first MoneyLab event outside of the Netherlands, in London. There was MoneyLab #5 late April 2018 in Buffalo (NY) and a German conference on alternative money theory is planned in Siegen in January 2019. We just published the second MoneyLab reader. URL: The project has an active email list and blog.

  2. Digital Publishing Experiments. This started right after the founding of the INC. An overview of our publication series can be found here: Around 2009 INC started to bring out print on demand titles. From 2011 we have been working more systematically in this field with events and projects such as the Unbound Book, Out of Ink, and the two-year software project Hybrid Publishing Toolkit. From 2015-2018 this activity was done by a separate entity, coordinated by Margreet Riphagen, called the Publishing Lab INC and Publishing Lab get a lot of interns from around the world to work on this with us and outside partners. Due to the unstable short-term financing labels constantly change. In 2018-2019 we secured two-year funding to investigate the dialectics between speed and quality in digital publishing, together with a consortium of publishers, designers and programmers.

  3. As a concrete case, we are actively involved in supporting art critics to do digital experiments: Complaining about the disappearance of art criticism is one, but what are we going to do about it? After a few years of training next generation art critics in the Netherlands and Flanders (in Dutch), in 2017 we decided to create a European network, which is now well under way.


Institute of Network Cultures (INC)

The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) was founded by Geert Lovink in 2004 and probably had the most resources around 2009. The global financial crisis hit the Netherlands badly because of neo-liberal austerity measures, which hit our centre badly in terms of project funding. Since 2013 it is more or less stable with around 3 FTE, while one of us is doing her PhD, combined with teaching (Patricia de Vries). On average we are four staff members plus one or two interns. For a while we had a separate Publishing Lab, which was dissolved in 2018. In the first half of 2018 the INC team consisted of Geert Lovink, Miriam Rasch, Inte Gloerich and Leonieke van Dipten.