Networkingart art & hacktivism by Tatiana Bazzichelli
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    Networked Disruption – Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking by Tatiana Bazzichelli now available (DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2013).

    Networked Disruption by Tatiana Bazzichelli Cover

    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.

    Download free PDF / Buy a copy  ( .de .uk .it)

    Licensed under the Peer Production License

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    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.

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    October 3rd, 2012tbazzEvents, Social Actvism, Social networking, Web 2.0

    Digital Backyards | International Conference
    October 18th-20th at Kunstquartier Bethanien | Berlin

    Are there any alternatives to an increasingly centralized internet landscape as cultivated by Google and Facebook? It is hard to imagine, but there are. The resources for such alternatives lie dormant in Europe’s diversity itself: tinker garages, corporate hotbeds, grassroots hubs, institutional labs, hacker bedrooms, editorial outposts etc. In those digital backyards innovators have been silently pursuing their work. Now they come together from all over Europe to explore synergies and common interests.

    Digital Backyards (18.-20.10.), organized by the Berliner Gazette, is partitioned into a semi-open „Networking Lounge“ (with registration) and „Public Talks“ that are accessible to a broad audience. At the three day conference  journalists, activists, bloggers, researchers, entrepreneurs, cultural workers, programmers from all over Europe come together and explore future scenarios of networking.

    The curator of reSource transmedial culture berlin, Tatiana Bazzichelli, will be presenting the reSource project (in the thread ‘The Art of Tomorrow’) by running a workshop entitled: Building Communities as a Distributed Curatorial Practice (read more here).

    “Scaling up Through Cooperation”
    Thursday | Oct. 18th | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Kunstquartier Bethanien | Studio 1 | Mariannenplatz 2

    “Community, Social Network and Beyond”
    Friday | Oct. 19th | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Kunstquartier Bethanien | Studio 1 | Mariannenplatz 2

    „Public Talks“
    Saturay | October 20th | 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. | free admission
    Kunstquartier Bethanien | Studio 1 | Mariannenplatz 2

    For further information on programme and participants click:

    Photo Credit: Guillaume Loraine (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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    reSource 002 transmediale eventreSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time
    August 22-24, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
    Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
    U-Bahn Kottbusser Tor

    reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time is the second event of the reSource transmedial culture berlin, the new year-round initiative of transmediale festival, a project of networking based on the inter-connection of genres & practices, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and developed in cooperation with the reSource partners (CTM/Disk, Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien and the Post-Media Lab/Leuphana University of Lüneburg).

    reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time presents open discussions, panels, workshops and performances, shedding light on the practices of artists, activists and hackers rethinking critical interventions in the field of art and technology. The three-day event gives both attention to analogue processes of networking (networks out of time) and the idea of shifting of cultural paradigms via network technologies (networks out of place).

    reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time aims to reflect on modalities of artistic production in the framework of digital culture and network economy, while generating a collective insight into the themes of the upcoming transmediale and CTM festivals. BWPWAP – Back When Pluto Was a Planet is the thematic framework of transmediale 2013 (29.01.-03.02.), which explores the simultaneous displacement and invention that takes place in cultural processes mediated by technology. Alongside, The Golden Age, the theme of the next CTM festival (28.01.-03.02.), draws attention to the increasing abundance of material in the digital era, just waiting to be sourced and reprocessed by generating pastiche, paradox, fusion and morphing. Inspired by these themes, and following the conceptual thread initiated by the previous reSource initiatives, reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time reflects on the issues of re-contextualisation, recombination, montage, displacement, reinvention of socio-cultural paradigms, appropriation, and transformation of an eclectic range of resources through network practices. Such topics are addressed to artistic and activist communities within (and beyond) digital cultural production, with the aim to develop a distributed network of activities in the city of Berlin, as a platform for sharing and visibility for the local and translocal communities working in the field of networking hacktivism and politics.

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    Time: November 5, 2011, 12:00-16:30
    Where: Theater Kikker Grote Zaal/Main Hall, Utrecht, NL.

    curated by Stephen Kovats (Transmediale 2008-2011, McLuhan in Europe 2011)

    Focusing on the ‘Right to Know’ the Summit invites discussion on how digital media engulfing our daily lives are now accessible in not only new but perhaps previously unimagined ways. Such accessibility also creates new forms of openness and malleability blurring the lines between the hack, the hoax and the objective. The public focus of the Net as being a broad ranging arena of information exchange moderated by proxies such as ICANN and dominated by enterprises incl. Google, Facebook and Amazon is once again shifting. Two decades into our life within the World Wide Web, a much wider and more diverse group of users has emerged using the Net as a central arena of critical socio-political activity.

    The currently unfolding ‘Arab Spring’, as well as the victory of the Pirate Party in Berlin’s State elections, fuels forces that have the ability to create new forms of information visibility and data malleability. These major popular movements have radically influenced all sides and players in the rapidly evolving and seemingly completely unpredictable shifts in social and political orders. The recent case of the ‘unmasked’ fraudulent (or simply naive prankster) U.S-based blogger who purported to be a Syrian Lesbian rights activist moving to the fore of that country’s current revolt underscores the precarious level of blind trust mass media and digital society at large nonetheless still places on the power of ‘sincerity’ in net-based communication. Hacktivism itself, once the poetic domain of seemingly invisible forces, is becoming mainstream. Is there a danger that the rough, highly unstable edges of digital media and network practice, including political hacktivism, open source protocol design (i.e. Thimbl, DIY tools and apps) and evolving movements such as Sharism, will be ‘corporatised’? Where do these forces converge, and where does the opportunity lie to entrench the idealism of the Net’s ability to be the essential guarantor of expressive freedom and mobility? By supporting and embracing the rough edges of the media, keeping these in flux and critical, we have the historical opportunity to firmly guarantee, as an entire society, the Net’s primary strengths and characteristics: that of a truly open, unregulated and free tool of communication.

    Featuring: Alejo Duque, Christopher Adams, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Sami Ben Gharbia, Alejandra Perez Nunez, Rui Guerra and Sunil Abraham. Introduced and moderated by Stephen Kovats, respondent Chris van der Heijden.

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    Panel, ISEA Istanbul, Monday, 19 September, 2011 – 09:00 – 10:30
    Sabaci University, Sabaci Center, Room 3, Istanbul, Turkey

    The panel investigates some of the interconnections between art, activism and business. “Don’t hate the media, become the media”, was one of the slogans of Indymedia. We are applying this critical hands-on perspective to the business framework.

    The panel investigates some of the interconnections between art, activism and business. “Don’t hate the media, become the media”, was one of the slogans of Indymedia. We are applying this critical hands-on perspective to the business framework. Presenters examine how artists, rather than refusing the market, are producing critical interventions from within. As the distinction between production and consumption appears to have collapsed, every interaction in the info-sphere seems to have become a business opportunity. Therefore, the creative intersections between business and art become a crucial territory for re-invention and the rewriting of symbolic and cultural codes, generating political actions or social hacks that use a deep level of irony, but also unexpected consequences. The tactics demonstrate the permeability of systems — that these can be reworked — and more so, that radical innovation requires modification of the prevailing business logic.

    The backdrop of the Istanbul Biennale makes a useful reference point here as one of the markers along with art fairs in general for the commodity exchange of artistic production. We are not suggesting these are new issues — as there are many examples of artists making interventions into the art market and alternatives to commodity exchange — but we aim to discuss some of the recent strategies that have emerged from a deep understanding of the net economy and its markets.

    The panel explores some of these contradictions: that on the one hand, there are alternative or disruptive business models that derive from the art scene, often as critical or activist interventions, but on the other how these practices can be easily co-opted by proprietary business logic. This is perhaps exemplified by the business idea of ‘disruption-innovation’, where disruption is considered to be a creative act that shifts the way a particular logic operates and thus presents newfound opportunities. Does this mean that well-meaning critical strategies of artists and activists are self-defeating? How do we develop disruptive business models that do not simply become new models for business that ultimately follow capitalist logic?

    We maintain there is nothing wrong with doing business as such.

    Chair: Tatiana Bazzichelli, Geoff Cox
    Presenters: Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Bro Pold
    Contributors: Dmytri Kleiner, Elanor Colleoni, Maya Balcioglu

    The occasion is also thought as launch of the project DisruptivBiz, a platform of research on the topics of Disruptive Art and Business curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Geoff Cox.

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    By Tatiana Bazzichelli, published in Digimag 63, April 2011

    In the essay The author as a producer (1934), Walter Benjamin describes the author’s role through the figure of the engineer. Instead of reproducing the production apparatuses, the author/engineer is able to intervene within them, transforming the cultural production function itself and opening it up to the collective intervention.
    The engineer figure described by Walter Benjamin reminds the “tactical” art by Paolo Cirio, who contributes to transform the meaning of the artistic practice from within, by unveiling the unsolved knots in the art field. Through his artworks, Paolo Cirio ( intervenes tactically locating some plugs of a puzzle which can be finished only by directly involving its referents, being them either corporations, media apparatuses, or the so-called network “users”.

    His artworks, some of which were created together with Alessandro Ludovico and (GWEI, Google Will Eat Itself e Amazon Noir), some others were created individually (such as Drowning NYC, The Big Plot e Open Society Structures), redefine the author’s and art’s role, which becomes a premise to think over social and political dynamics. By manipulating the media and the news media, as he himself claims, his work “often pushes the boundaries of the representation, going beyond the use of a single media and focusing on the information environment created by the data flow.” His artworks deal with the language, the narrations, the creation of conspiracy plots, but also with the meaning of power, democracy, privacy and control. Not always without provoking contraddictions and controversies. But it is just through this dynamic of the imperfect and the unknown – once they are started, artworks are opened to possible developments and interpretations – that it is possible to experiment how the information and media flows build their meaning.

    This interview, starting from the description of the meaning of tactics and strategies applied to the artistic practice, and wondering about some concepts such as “the media robbery”, ends thinking over some sensible knots revealed by the last projects: Face to Facebook, created with Alessandro Ludovico and launched at the last Transmediale 2011, and P2P Gift Credit Card protagonist of an action in London on March 25th, in which the “revolutionary” credit cards have been distributed in strategic places.

    Both projects, exhibited at a solo show, REALITYFLOWHACKED, which opened in Ljubljana on April 26th at the Aksioma Project Space, become an incentive through which analyzing the intersections between art and market, the contradictions and paradoxes of neoliberal capitalism, the artist’s role itself and, at the same time, the one of the user.

    In the social media era, the relational dynamics and the information data flow become more and more part of the production processes, not often validating the utopian perspective assumed by Walter Benjamin in 1934. That is why it becomes central to reflect on such processes, imagining possible alternatives, provoking critical contradictions and producing new visions and experiences.

    Read the interview with Paolo Cirio here.

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    March 29th, 2011tbazzEvents, Social networking

    Seminar on the Arts and Politics of Participation, April 2, 15.00h @ AHAcktitude 2011, Italy, Academy of Fine Art of Carrara, organised by Tatiana Bazzichelli, Loretta Borrelli, Simona Lodi & Vera Martini.

    ahacktitude_2011The next AHAcktitude 2011, the national meeting of the AHA mailing list, is taking place in the city of Carrara, on April 1-3 hosted by the Fine Art Academy of Carrara.

    The program is very rich and participated. Conferences, debates, workshops and performances will involve students, artists, activists and professors.

    On Saturday from 15.00-18.00, Loretta Borrelli, Simona Lodi, Vera Martini and I are organizing a collaborative seminar on the topic: Arts and Politics of Participation. All the members of the AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism network and new participants are welcome. During this seminar, we are investigation the meaning of participation in the context of capitalistic strategies in the field of networking practices and exchange.

    Below is the text of my intervention, a critique of the concept of participation and artivism in the time of social media (language: Italian).

    Racconto di un’esperienza: verso una critica dell’artivismo?
    di Tatiana Bazzichelli

    Il concetto di partecipazione è centrale per sciogliere alcuni nodi che riguardano l’evoluzione e le trasformazioni del concetto di “fare rete” nell’era dei social media. Le mie riflessioni sono la conseguenza di un percorso che sto portando avanti a livello universitario durante la scrittura del mio dottorato in Danimarca e sono anche la conseguenza di un percorso di diretto coinvolgimento nell’ambito della scena attivista (o meglio artivista) in Italia sin dalla metà degli anni 90. Quindi, il mio contributo va pensato come soggettivo, e di base si tratta di un racconto di un’esperienza, che citando Chiara Zamboni, “è allo stesso tempo dono ai presenti e desiderio di essere aiutati nel decifrarla” (Zamboni, 2009: 34).

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