Felix Stalder

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Felix Stalder (1968, Basel) is a professor for Digital Culture and Network Theory at the Zurich University of the Arts. His work focuses on the intersection of cultural, political and technological dynamics, in particular on new modes of commons-based production, control society, copyright and transformation of subjectivity. He not only works as an academic, but also a cultural producer, being a moderator of the mailing list Nettime since 1998, and a member of the World Information Institute and the Technopolitics Working Group, both based in Vienna. (2020)

After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2001 he worked as a post-doc with the Surveillance Project, a transdisciplinary research initiative based in the Department of Sociology, Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (completed in 2002). Since 2003, he has been a part-time faculty member in Zürich.

In 2000 he co-founded an open source R&D firm headquartered in Toronto, Openflows.org, with Jesse Hirsh. He edited newspapers with Public Netbase/t0 and co-organised a number of conferences including Open Cultures (2003), Free Bitflows (2004), Wizards of OS (2004, 2006) and World-Information City (2005). He lives in Vienna and Zürich.



  • Manuel Castells and the Theory of the Network Society, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2006. (English)
    • Manuel Castells: teoria społeczeństwa sieci, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2012. (Polish)
  • Der Autor am Ende der Gutenberg Galaxis, Zürich: Buch & Netz, 2014. (German)


  • Media Arts Zurich. 13 Positions / Mediale Kunst Zürich. 13 Positionen, Zürich: Scheidegger & Spiess, 2008, 204 pp. (English)/(German)
  • with Janez F. Janša, From Commons to NFTs, Ljubljana: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Oct 2022, 114 pp. First published in the online magazine Makery.info between January and July 2022 in both English and French for the essay series From Commons to NFTs initiated by Shu Lea Cheang, Felix Stalder and Ewen Chardronnet. Introduction. Publisher. Conference. (English)

Papers, essays[edit]

Bibliography, Blog posts about publications, Publications from 1996-2008