Igor Galligo: “From Automedia to Contributory Media. A Media-Politics Trip with the French Yellow Vests”

Igor Galligo

If the Yellow Vests movement is unquestionably the largest French socio-political movement to appear since 1968, it is nonetheless distinguished from previous struggles by a new political appropriation of NICT and digital social networks, but above all by new attempts at media self-production (or automedia), which offers an unprecedented basis for reflection and media-political experimentation. The aim of this presentation will be to consider the challenges of this new technical individuation and to imagine new media powers from and with the Yellow Vests experiment, by asking the following kinds of question: How have digital infrastructures transformed the maker practices of mediactivism to give birth to the automedia genre? To what techno-economic power dispositifs are automedia currently subjected and constrained in the experimentation of new automedia individuations? What are the new media-political values, norms and protocols are carried and fabricated by automedia? And how can we redesign the production of information through participatory/contributory processes to produce trust and truth in information within the masses?

Igor Galligo has degrees in contemporary philosophy, visual arts and aesthetics from the Sorbonne and in political science from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. His research area is the ecology of attention, the design of attention, and the relationships between attention and aesthetic experience. In 2013, he joined the Reflective Interaction program at EnsadLab, the research laboratory of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He also became an associated researcher at GERPHAU, a research center in architecture and urbanism, attached to the ENSPLV. From 2013 to 2015, he directed at Centre Pompidou three international seminars with Bernard Stiegler on the transformation of attentional capacities in a digital milieu. In 2017, he was an associate researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures in Basel. In 2022, he founded AUTOMEDIAS.ORG, a platform that brings together researchers, software developers, and political actors from the automedia world, notably from the Gilets Jaunes movement. Galligo is currently a visiting scholar associated with the Networking Ecologically Smart Territories (NEST) program under the supervision of David Bates (Rhetoric, UC Berkeley).

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