Networkingart art & hacktivism by Tatiana Bazzichelli
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    Photo: Fag Face Mask, Facial Weaponization Suite by Zach Blas

    Photo: Fag Face Mask, Facial Weaponization Suite by Zach Blas

    reSource 006: Overflow
    Discussions, interventions, installations, workshop, performances & concerts
    12-14 September 2013, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and Mindpirates e.V.

    Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, U-Bahn Kottbusser Tor (U1/U8), Bus 140
    Mindpirates e.V., Falckensteinstrasse 48, 10997 Berlin, U-Bahn Schlesisches Tor (U1)

    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.

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    The Bradley Manning Case: Agency or Misconduct in a Digital Society?

    Speakers: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Andy Müller Maguhn, John Goetz, Diani Barreto, Tatiana Bazzichelli. 
    Sun 5 May, 2013,  17:00 Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin.

    As part of the reSource transmedial culture /transmediale festival year-round programme curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli

    On April 5, 2010, the Internet leak website WikiLeaks, published a video titled Collateral Murder, where a United States Apache helicopter fired on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. The video shows American military personnel shooting and killing 11 individuals whose cameras were ostensibly mistaken for weapons. Two children were also gravely wounded on the scene. Two of those people killed were war correspondents for Reuters, the 22-year-old Reuters’ photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, 40-year-old Saeed Chmagh.

    After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”. Birgitta Jónsdóttir, MP in Iceland, co-produced the video in 2010 with encrypted footage that had been leaked to WikiLeaks by an unnamed source, now revealed as Pfc. Bradley Manning.

    In May 2010, the 22-year-old American Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was arrested after telling Adrian Lamo, a hacker in the US, that he had leaked the airstrike video, along with a video of another airstrike and around 260.000 diplomatic cables, to WikiLeaks. Manning has been held in detention by the US military ever since. He has already pleaded guilty on 10 counts that could subject him to 20 years under multiple violations of the Espionage Act of 1917 and of “aiding the enemy”.

    In this highly polarizing case, lawyers, civil rights organizations and journalists are insisting that Bradley Manning had disclosed the information under the aegis of his 1st Amendment Rights, which protects Freedom of Speech. In light of the charges he faces, any leak of classified information to any media organization could potentially be interpreted as an act of treason.

    This event affords the distinguished guests the opportunity to re-visit the making of the Collateral Murder video three years on, to discuss the “United States v. Bradley Manning” trial on June 3rd, 2013, which has been hailed “the most important National Security trial in the history of the US” (NYT Pentagon Papers counsel James C. Goodale) and how it has engendered a pattern of intimidation to threaten and silence whistleblowers, cyberactivists, journalists and news organizations such as Wikileaks, and the implications concerning the future of political agency, free speech, freedom of information and the sanctity of the Press.

    In this context, the speakers also discuss the reprisals and political ethics in the cases of information disclosure and judicial overreach brought against hackers such as Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, and the tragic surmise of Aaron Swartz. The speakers furthermore evaluate the groundwork of new initiatives for civil society platforms intended to monitor, lobby and support legislation that strengthen freedom of information as well as providing protections for sources and whistleblowers in the rapidly accelerating complexities of the information age.

    This event (reSource 005) is organised by the reSource transmedial culture berlin of the transmediale festival in partnership with re:publica. The event is co-curated with Diani Barreto.

    With the kind support of the initiative Berlin

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    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!

    More info here.
    Download the book here. Buy a copy  ( .de .uk .it)

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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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