The Fifth Annual Conference of Network Society: The Web of Phronesis
2020/10/20; 2020/11/14-11/15; 2020/11/20-11/22
Shanbei Gymnasium (BLD.8), Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou; Room 405,408, BLD.4, Nanshan Campus, China Academy of Art; Nanyuan Auditorium, 1F Building 4, Nanshan Campus, China Academy of Art.
Prof. HUANG Sunquan & LIU Yisi
Institute of Network Society, CCVS, SIMA, China Academy of Art
Dimension Inc. dWeb Shanghai
Prof. GAO Shiming，Prof. GUAN Huaibin, Prof. HUANG Sunquan
While capitalism seems to be generally frustrated with the global spread of the Covid-19, surveillance capitalism has secretly risen with the virus explosion. In the name of security, a centralized digital regime with unchallengeable legitimacy power is now strictly monitoring people, which seems to bring about an information centralized online society.
Aristotle indicates that the phronesis (wisdom of praxis) produced by praxis can lead people to aletheuein and to achieve the solicitous circumspection. It means that there should be phronesis to manage the use of techne, so that the techne has major flaws in revealing the alethea (truth) but outside of itself could be made the best use of. According to this, we assume that to take the thought (with action) as the starting point of the techne production would construct the future of humans under the Covid-19 state of emergency, because the starting point could trigger discussions that go beyond proliferation and concentration of global technology, then fork our futures.
In the previous Annual Conferences “Forces of Reticulation” (2016), “Another Walk with Lefebvre: Critique of Urbanism and Everyday Life in the Algorithmic Age” (2017), “Intelligent Urban Fabric” (2018) and “Neitizen21: Beyond Personal Account” (2019), INS connected worldwide scholars and activists to construct criticism toward current network society and explore a network of practices together. The fifth annual conference, the Web of Phronesis, tries to explore technical practices hindered by social dilemma, and to review the life of infinite branches created by love between we and the world along with imaginations.