by Tatiana Bazzichelli
A conversation with American filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has chronicled America post-9/11 with her films. Along with Glenn Greenwald, she brought to light the documents of the NSA affair.
The recent debate on the PRISM, XKeyscore and TEMPORA Internet surveillance programs, based on the Edward Snowden release of NSA material, symbolizes an increasing geopolitical control. New identities emerge: whistleblowers, cypherpunks, hacktivists and individuals that bring attention to abuses of government and large corporations, making the act of leaking a central part of their strategy. The transmediale conference stream ‘Hashes to Ashes’ highlights the current pervasive process of silencing—and metaphorically reducing to ashes—activities which expose misconducts in political, technological and economical systems, as well as to reflect on what burns underneath such process, advocating a different scenario.
Here is a conversation with American documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has chronicled America post-9/11 with her films My Country, My Country (2006), The Oath (2010) and an upcoming work on the surveillance state and Edward Snowden’s disclosures. Along with Glenn Greenwald, she brought to light the documents of the NSA affair. At transmediale 2014, with independent security analyst Jacob Appelbaum and artist and geographer Trevor Paglen, Poitras will take part in the keynote event ‘Art as Evidence’ on Thursday January 30, Auditorium HKW, 20.30-22.30, moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli.
The following interview was conducted in person on November 28, 2013, and by email. A shorter version of this interview was published in the transmediale magazine in January 2014.
Download the interview here.Tags: Hacktivism, investigative journalism, laura poitras, whistleblowers
October 15th, 2013Disruptive Business
Disrupting Business explores some of the interconnections between art, activism and the business concept of disruptive innovation. With a backdrop of the crisis in financial capitalism and austerity cuts in the cultural sphere, the idea is to focus on potential art strategies in relation to a broken economy. In a perverse way, we ask whether this presents new opportunities for cultural producers to achieve more autonomy over their production process. If it is indeed possible, or desirable, what alternative business models emerge? This book is concerned broadly with business as material for reinvention, including critical writing and examples of art/activist projects.
Contributors include Saul Albert, Christian Ulrik Andersen, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Heath Bunting, Paolo Cirio, Baruch Gottlieb, Brian Holmes, Geert Lovink, Dmytri Kleiner, Georgios Papadopolous, Soren Bro Pold, Oliver Ressler, Kate Rich, René Ridgway, Guido Segni, Stevphen Shukaitis, Nathaniel Tkacz, and Marina Vishmidt.
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Tatiana Bazzicheli is Postdoc Researcher at Leuphana University of Lüneberg and programme curator at transmediale festival, Berlin, Germany.
Geoff Cox is Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Adjunct Faculty, Transart Institute, Germany and the United States.
Read more: http://disruptiv.bizTags: Bazzichelli, Cox, Disruptive Business
The initiative Networking Berlin’s transmedial culture started in spring 2012 as part of Tatiana Bazzichelli’s Postdoc research project on networking communities developed as a joint collaboration between the Centre for Digital Culture / Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and transmediale festival. After transmediale 2k+12 in/compatible, she started investigating the perception on the newborn reSource project, and the transmediale festival in general, by various cultural producers, artists and curators based in Berlin. The aim was to document considerations and thoughts of people active within the scene of cultural production in the city, and the implications of their activity in the framework of culture politics and networking models.
The investigation takes shapes through a “montage method”, bringing 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. Bazzichelli enters in dialogue with ten projects and producers: Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin), Florian Wuest (Haben und Brauchen), Gregor Hotz (ausland), Diana McCarty/Pit Schultz (reboot.fm), Dr. Podinski (Citizen Kino), Ela Kagel (SUPERMARKT), John McKiernan, Kai Kreuzmüller and Daniel Franke (LEAP), Francesco Warbear Macarone Palmieri (Gegen), Erika Siekstelyte (Panke e.V.), Allegra Solitude (Liebig12).
The hybrid character of this first research phase – which obviously does not aim to be representative of the whole independent art and cultural landscape of the city – is not only at the core of her research methodology, but also of the activities of many of the people interviewed. They do not work on a single language of expression, but they try to combine different ones. Their cultural programmes are not only about a specific field or a specific genre; they work by converging interdisciplinary fluxes – artistic, mediatic, political, economical, and bodily.
These dialogues highlight strengths and weaknesses of what could be defined as the condition of “being in between” in the cultural landscape of Berlin, the hybrid character of activities that are mixing media, practices and languages, which often result in lack of political and cultural recognition and lack of sustainable funds. Furthermore, they offer an interesting perspective in the activity of networking art and digital culture in the field of independent cultural production.
The interviews published in this section present a dialogic form, therefore often following a very spontaneous style. A creative montage of them, the reSource Chats, is published in the first issue of the transmediale/magazine, and launched during the event reSource 006 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien on Thursday 12 September 2013.
Special thanks go to Lina Zuppke for the editing and transcription of the interviews, and to Georgia Nicolau, Heiko Stubenrauch and Daniela Silvestrin for taking part in the documentation of this project, as well as working on the interviews’ transcription.
Photo by Georgia NicolauTags: berlin project spaces, Tatiana Bazzichelli
Presented by reSource transmedial culture berlin and transmediale, festival for art and digital culture berlin. Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli, developed in collaboration with Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, CTM/Disk, the Centre for Digital Cultures/Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and Mindpirates e.V.
In the current development of digital culture we are experiencing a condition of overflow. More information is being transmitted than machines can process and humans can handle. Producing more data generates more ownership and control, but also increases the desire to be part of an extended connectivity.Tags: Hacktivism, Networking, Social networking, transmediale resource
A project of networked art powered by OCTO-P7C1
DOWNLOAD: You can download the PNEUMAtic circUS catalog (pdf) here.
Monday July 8th, 2013
Laboratorio 21, Viareggio (Italy)
Launch of the digital catalog with Vittore Baroni (curator, E.O.N. Archive, Viareggio), Tatiana Bazzichelli (curator, transmediale festival, Berlin / researcher, Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Jonas Frankki (designer, Telekommunisten collective, Berlin), MGZ – Mauro Guazzotti (DJ)
As part of the renowned transmediale festival for art and digital culture held in January-February 2013 in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the mail art pioneer Vittore Baroni oversaw the postal art project PNEUMAtic circUS, utilizing the innovative structure of pneumatic post OCTO P7C-1 and involving approximately one hundred authors from sixteen nations.
The long tentacles of OCTO reach Baroni’s home town Viareggio on Monday, July 8th 2013, with the premiere presentation at the art space Laboratorio 21 of the singular PNEUMAtic circUS digital catalog. The special event includes a meeting with Tatiana Bazzichelli, networked art researcher and curator of transmediale, and with the designer Jonas Frankki, a member of the Berlin collective Telekommunisten, creators of the original pneumatic platform together with Raumlaborberlin and reSource transmedial culture berlin of the transmediale festival.Tags: Networking, transmediale resource
March 26th, 2013Bazzichelli PhD Research, Disruptive Business, Hacktivism, Social networking, Transmediale Resource
Tuesday, 26 March 2013, 20:00 – late
c-base (Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin, S/U Jannowitzbrücke)
The event reSource 004: Networked Disruption (part of the series of event by the reSource transmedial culture berlin) reflects on how the current techno-economic paradigm of Web 2.0 has challenged notions of art and hacktivism. Named after the just-published book by Tatiana Bazzichelli Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (DARC Press, 2013), the event discusses new strategies of political and social criticism, by reflecting on mutual interferences between art, hacktivism and business disruption.
Hackers, activists, artists, practitioners and theoreticians are invited to reflect with us on the current development of artistic and hacker practices in the context of social networking. How can hackers and artists be critical in the business context of social media? Is the business of social media co-opting DIY culture? Is criticism only possible through opposition? These are some of the questions we will share with the public during the panel.
By proposing the concept of disruptive business as an art practice, reSource 004: Networked Disruption becomes an opportunity to imagine new possible routes of social and political action. The event presents a constellation of social networking projects that challenge the notion of power and hegemony, from the earlier development of network culture to today.
We will reflect on the meaning of disruption today by connecting practices of networked art and hacking in California and Europe, such as mail art, Neoism, The Church of the SubGenius, Luther Blissett, Anonymous, Anna Adamolo, Les Liens Invisibles, the Telekommunisten collective, The San Francisco Suicide Club, The Cacophony Society, the early Burning Man Festival, the NoiseBridge hackerspace, and many others.
Networked Disruption is presented by Tatiana Bazzichelli (it/de), in conversation with Michael Dieter (au/nl), Alexander Müller/Hedonist International (de), and the public of c-base. Moderated by Kristoffer Gansing (se/de).
After the book presentation and discussion, the dj/vj/xj Podinski (XLterrestrials + CiTiZEN KiNO) will mix a culture jammer’s “smorgasbord” of counterculture beats and hijacked eyecandy from the 90s and up to various post-9/11 situations. Expect un-soothing audio-visual chaos!Tags: Bazzichelli, Disruptive Business, Hacktivism, Social networking
Networked Disruption – Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking by Tatiana Bazzichelli now available (DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2013).
The current techno-economic paradigm of Web 2.0 has challenged notions of art and hacktivism within digital culture. The book “Networked Disruption” takes up this challenge and discusses a new perspective on political and social criticism. It simultaneously asks what are the conditions for hacker and artistic practices under Web 2.0 and how can social networking be seen to build on and incorporate artistic practices from the earlier decades of digital and network culture.
Through its theoretical discussion of contemporary art and hacktivism, the book maps out a new contradictory space for art and criticism: Networked disruption.
More information here.
Licensed under the Peer Production LicenseTags: Bazzichelli, Disruptive Business, Hacktivism, Social networking
February 16th, 2013Gender & Technology, Hacktivism, Networking Art, Social networking, Transmediale Resource
Since September 2011, I have been curating the reSource transmediale culture berlin, a project of transmediale that happens throughout the year in the city of Berlin, developing ongoing activities with decisive touchdowns at each festival. It is a networking project based on the inter-connection of genres & practices, developed in cooperation with the reSource partners: CTM/Disk, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and the Post-Media Lab/Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Before transmediale 2013 BWPWAP I planned to create a conceptual link from the events organised in May and in August, to various festival activities, which constituted a further development of those.
The event reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time, held last August at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien was the occasion to launch three major installation projects, which have been developed for the following six months, to be finally realized and presented at transmediale festival 2013: OCTO P7C-1, which featured PNEUMAtic circUS, ReFunct Media #5 and Composting the City / Composting the Net.Tags: Bazzichelli, Hacktivism, Networking, queer action, Social media, transmediale resource