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The Disruptors

Photo by Fiona Krakenbürge

An intervention by Hedonist International – Photo by Fiona Krakenbürge

Don’t fight the system – disrupt it! Meet the subversive, satirical, risk-taking Berliners trying to effect change from within.

Last month ExBerliner, the Berlin magazine in English since 2002, published online my article “The Disruptors“, after it was on paper in the September issue dedicated to whistle-blower Edward Snowden and the connected scene of hackers, activists and critical thinkers in Berlin.

Here is the full version: http://www.exberliner.com/features/lifestyle/the-disruptors/

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What Drives Us? A Forum on Festival Sustainability

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Next week I am going to Montréal (Canada) to take part in the HTMlles Festival, and to introduce the Conference What Drives Us? A Forum on Festival Sustainability. My presentation will focus on the modalities of networking as a curatorial method, having as main example the experience of the reSource transmedial culture berlin, reflecting on the pro and contra of applying a network methodology to connect a festival more directly with local actors, introducing an element of unpredictability and uncertainty into a consolidated festival structure. At the event there will be festival and event producers and organizers to discuss a matter that is really crucial for many  that work independently or inside curatorial projects/institutions.

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The HTMlles 11, Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture, November 7-15, 2014. Montréal, CA
Introduced by Tatiana Bazzichelli (Berlin)

Roundtable Discussion: Friday, November 14, 2 – 5 PM
Work Sessions: Saturday, November 15, 11 AM – 3 PM
Studio 303 (372, Sainte-Catherine W (303). Metro: Place-des-Arts)

In looking to the future through ZÉR0 FUTUR{E}, The HTMlles bring together festival organizers to think about sustainability. The gathering, taking place over two days, is composed of a roundtable discussion open to the public on the first day, and smaller group sessions and a plenary on specific questions proposed by the participants on the second day. While the focus is on (media) art festivals, the gathering is open to any festival organizer. CQAM’s Labàlab wiki will be used by participants to plan and document the discussions. Free and open to all, but please register at: rsvp@htmlles.net

Introduction by Tatiana Bazzichelli (Berlin), Initiator/Developer of “reSource transmedial culture berlin” by transmediale
With: Edgy Women/Redux (Montreal), Elektra (Montreal), Electropixel (Nantes), Qouleur (Montreal), MUTEK (Montreal), Sight & Sound (Montreal), VIVA! Art Action (Montreal).

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Networking & Disruption in Montréal

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With the occasion of my participation at the HTMlles Festival in Montréal, in the context of the conference on Festival Sustainability (see here), I will be in town for one week and give some lectures on November 12, and 13, 2014.

Connecting Grassroots Communities in Italy and Beyond: THE ART OF NETWORKING by Tatiana Bazzichelli

Italian Cultural Institute – 1200 Av. du Dr. Penfield – Montréal, Wednesday November 12 – 7pm

In this talk I will analyse and present techniques of networking developed in the expanded, pervasive and collective networks in the last half of the twentieth century in Italy and beyond, which have anticipated the structure and inspired the rhetoric of many of the contemporary commercialised social networking platforms. The main focus are the diverse use of art and technology among grassroots communities of artists, hackers and activists.

More info here

Public talk: Business Disruption as Artistic Intervention by Tatiana Bazzichelli

Concordia University, November 13, 2014 – 16h30-18h00, followed by a reception
1590, Dr Penfield Street, First Floor, Bronfman Building

I will describe the concept of Business Disruption as an art practice which draws upon my book Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (download here), DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2013. The aim is to analyse hacker and artistic practices through business instead of in opposition to it. The analysis poses the following question: Is it possible to respond critically to business without either being co-opted by it or refusing it? Is criticism only possible through opposition?

The event is sponsored by Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies. More info here.

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Beyond the Interface – Disrupting the Market

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Exhibition & Panels at ISMAR, The International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Munich, Germany.


Exhibition: Beyond the Interface
, curated by Marc Garrett, Julian Stadon (more info here).
Date: 10-12 September 2014, Faculty for Architecture Level 5, Technical Universsity campus, Arcisstrasse 21 80333 Munich. With: Erica Scourti, Jennifer Chan, Branger_Briz, Julian Oliver, Mez Breeze, Heath Bunting, Pierre Proske, Genetic Moo, Zach Blas.

Panel: Disrupting the Market
Thursday 11 September, 2014 02:00 PM, ISMAR 2014, Technical University of Munich, Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching /Munich. With: Heath Bunting, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Annette Domz and Wolf Lieser. Chaired by Marc Garrett

This panel looks at alternative approaches to understanding creative digital industries, marketing and power, and focuses on the boundary between cultural and financial, governmental and political economies. The speakers will examine a range of tactical strategies and disruptive approaches as part of an evaluation of the economic hierarchies in contemporary society and creative production. This discourse will present recent examples that critique traditional approaches to participation within market driven systems, with a particular focus on networked culture, mixed realities, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mass surveillance.
More info

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Presentation at the Royal Geography Society Annual Conference 2014

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014, Imperial College London

Spatialities of Co-Creation, Collaboration and Peer Production in the Digital Age: Creative Networks

Photo credit: Network Noise Drift by John Henry Wild

Photo credit: Network Noise Drift by John Henry Wild

Info: Wednesday 27 August 2014, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 120, London

On Wednesday 27 August 2014, I will give a presentation about my curatorial methodology based on the concept of networking digital communities, describing the experience of the reSource transmedial culture berlin in the context of the Royal Geography Society Annual Conference 2014, at the Imperial College London. The workshop, with the title “Spatialities of Co-Creation, Collaboration and Peer Production in the Digital Age: Creative Networks”, is organised by Penny Travlou (University of Edinburgh), Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett (Furtherfield).

Session abstract
This session looks at novel models of creativity in reference to collaborative practices, co-creation and peer production focusing on their spatiality within a transglobal and digitally-fused environment. Within this context, creativity is understood as a synergy of spaces, practices and artifacts, interlinked in such a manner that their singularity(-ies) form an assemblage. We can consider creativity, and subsequent knowledge formation, as forms of social interaction rather than the outcomes of social activities. Whilst we commonly perceive creativity as the product of the individual artist, or creative ensemble, from this perspective creativity can also be considered an emergent phenomenon of communities, driving change and facilitating individual or ensemble creativity. Creativity can be a performative activity released when engaged through and by a community. Creativity, thus, can be also regarded as an emergent property of relations, of communities. As James Leach (2004), the British anthropologist, suggests creativity can be proposed as a collective becoming where the creation of new things, and the ritualized forms of exchange enacted around them, function to “create” individuals and bind them in social groups, thus “creating” the community they inhabit and generate new places in the landscape.

Following this theoretical framework, this session looks at the spatiality of novel forms of creativity presenting examples of creative landscapes. The selected papers focus and reflect on one of the following issues:

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Art in the Age of Crowd Sourced Production

On June 25th at 7pm I am moderating the event: Art in the Age of Crowd “Sourced” and “Funded” Production, a presentation by Stephanie Rothenberg, at Supermarkt, Brunnenstrasse 64, 13355 Berlin

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Crowd-sourcing – a portmanteau of crowd and outsourcing – has become an increasingly popular online format for getting just about anything done in a short amount of time. What is the role of crowd-sourcing and its newer sidekick, crowd-funding, in contemporary forms of production? How are these participatory platforms impacting the cultural sphere and broader global environments?

Stephanie Rothenberg, an artist based in Buffalo, NY, will present a series of projects created individually and in collaboration that explore the cultural and economic dimensions of various modes of crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding participation. She’ll begin by selling you a pair of designer jeans manufactured in a virtual sweatshop. This will most likely be followed by a public inquiry about your sexual fantasies using an adult entertainment website that will outsource these personal secrets to an anonymous global workforce.  And to keep that warm fuzzy feeling, you can make a charitable online donation to her “telematic” garden and watch your financial data be exchanged from the developed to the developing world. Whether online or offline, these mixed-reality situations call into question the outsourcing of labour, desire and empathy in a socially mediated world.

Programme: 1 hour presentation followed by 30min Q&A and discussion. This presentation is introduced and moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli, independent curator and researcher on hacktivism and network culture.
Read more here

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Networking Berlin: Mapping a City of Temporary Flows

On June 17, I have been invited at the 11th NECS Graduate Workshop for a Keynote Speech, at the Cattolica University of Milan, Italy.

NECS Graduate Workshop: Contemporary Perspectives on the City: Screen Media & Dwelling
JUNE 17-18, 2014,
Palazzo del Canonica, Via Sant’Agnese 2 » Room SA.112 Frassati, Milan, IT

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The contemporary city represents a new context of experimentation in terms of languages of communication, aesthetics and media consumption. The most immediate result is a new sense of place, fed and inspired by a massive presence of screen media. Sentient city and Screencity are just some of the most recent formulations attempting to tackle the emerging trends taking place in the contemporary urban environment. Intercepting the research of media studies, (media) architecture, (post-)cinema studies, aesthetics, semiotics of space and philosophy, the workshop invites to focus on the multifaceted perspectives on the contemporary city. Moving images are presented quite ubiquitously by means of diverse devices, such as media-façades, media-buildings, mobile screen media, smartphones, etc. In this sense, the city is to be intended both as a text itself and as the place of the embodied experience. This highlights on the one hand the need of critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies; on the other hand, the crucial role of the individual in his/her phenomenological dimension is underscored. Read more here.

Keynote Speaker: Tatiana Bazzichelli, Disruption Network Lab, Berlin

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Networking Berlin: Mapping a City of Temporary Flows

Berlin is a city that changes constantly, and constantly remains the same. As the fictional city of Eutropia described by Italo Calvino in the Invisible Cities (1972), it can be considered as a multiple city that is ‘not one city but many, of equal size and not unlike one another.’ For many, Berlin is the city of flows, of the precariousness and the temporary. In her keynote presentation, Tatiana Bazzichelli will describe her activity as networker, curator and researcher during the past ten years in the city of Berlin. In her recent experiences as Postdoc Researcher at the Centre for Digital Culture, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and as curator at transmediale festival, she worked by converging interdisciplinary fluxes—artistic, mediatic, political, economical, bodily. By running the reSource transmedial culture berlin (the initiative of transmediale that happens throughout the year in the city of Berlin: www.transmediale.de/resource), she has brought artists, cultural producers and activists into a dialogue crossing different practices and languages: from radio stations to exhibition spaces, from music venues to queer parties, from independent cinema projects to open source cultural spaces. By reflecting on the glocal character of a city of flows, this presentation focuses on the modalities of networking as a ‘montage method,’ interlinking hybrid disciplines, spaces, media and practices—applying an intermedia perspective, as previously artists and cultural producers from the Fluxus tradition have done.


The 11th NECS Graduates Workshop is organized with the support of ScreencityLab.

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Art Meets Radical Openness Festival

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I am curating a Disrupting Business Conference Track at the Art Meets Radical Openness Festival in Linz, Austria (28 May – 1 June, 2014). I am giving a presentation on Saturday May 31, 19:00-19:40: Disrupting Business: Towards a Critique of Art & Activism and moderating the panel: Openness and Liberty as Business Disruption with Marc Garrett /Furtherfield, Karlessi /Ippolita collective and Nathaniel Tkacz /Moneylab, on the same day, 20:30 – 22:30.

The festival, under the theme “Autonomy (im)possible?”, is dedicated to art, hacktivism and open culture. Read more on my Disruptiv.biz blog.