sreda, 21. oktober 2009

Red Dawns at Civilmedia09 in Salzburg
Address: JUFA Salzburg, Josef-Preis-Allee 18, 5020 Salzburg, +43(0)662/84 26 70

The panel on Participatory culture and technology in on- and offline networks is going to be introduced by short presentations of works and project – among them, Rdeče zore / Red Dawns festival – and followed by a discussion.

The short presentation of Rdeče zore is going to focus on the ways in which the festival enables active participation and builds (on- and offline) networks. Some of the difficult questions we’ll ask: How do these networks intersect with activism? How do we perceive the interaction between online and offline networks? What are the festivals potentials, challenges and barriers of participatory culture and technology?


Participatory culture and technology in on- and offline networks

Participatory culture describes a culture where people act as active contributors and producers of media and cultural productions. The term has often been described in relation to Web 2.0, social networking and new media technology. Henry Jenkins describes a participatory culture as one:

1) With relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement
2) With strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others
3) With some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices
4) Where members believe that their contributions matter
5) Where members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).

In: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, 2006

Online communities and networks produce content and have come to interact also in offline spaces. In this panel we discuss examples of participatory culture and the use Web 2.0 in building networks, on- and offline interaction, Internet activism, and the potentials, challenges and barriers of participatory culture and technology.

For more information on participatory culture see

Alek Ommert (Germany) - Social networking of queer-feminist activism
Sonja Prlic (Austria) – Frontiers,, 3d online Computer game to the topic of crossing borders
Tea Hvala (Slovenia) - Red Dawns festival, blogger and feminist graffiti:,
Michi Gründler (Austria) – International network of street papers:
Elliat Graney-Saucke (Germany/USA) – Travel Queeries;
Co-organized by Rosa Reitsamer, Red Chidgey and Elke Zobl within the research projects "Feminist Media Production in Europe" and "Young women as producers of cultural spaces" (

Type: Short Presentations & Panel Discussion
Language: English
Suggested overall duration: 90 mins