The issue “Media Practices Commoning” published in Open Cultural Studies contains a selection of contributions that critically discusses current concepts like commons and conviviality by situating them within the contemporary framework of digital media technologies. We thus contribute to the ongoing debate on media practices of commoning as well as a media ontological understanding of commoning processes. These are pressing issues in times of ubiquitous computing and platform capitalism, where an ever-increasing number of devices, technologies and complex infrastructures are interwoven with human and other organic agencies. Daily practices are increasingly framed by digital technologies and thus rendered as productive sources for data production. Thereby, the media ontological question is raised how practices, technologies and data might be conceptualised as commons without being commodified and functionally operationalised (Deuber-Mankowsky). Yet these seemingly antagonistic strategies are intertwined, indicating that more and more new forms of coexistence emerge through an increasing number of socio-technical arrangements. Hence, the idea of conviviality, or living together, is undergoing deep transformations and requires a thorough analysis.
With contributions by Frank Adloff, Bastian Ronge, Andreas Beinsteiner, Selena Savic Viktor Bedö, Michaela Büsse, Yann Martins, Shintaro Miyazaki and Jeremy Gilbert
The Capitalist Form of Life, and How To Deconstruct It
Toys for Conviviality. Situating Commoning, Computation and Modelling
Selena Savic, Viktor Bedö, Michaela Büsse, Yann Martins, and Shintaro Miyazaki