Networkingart art & hacktivism by Tatiana Bazzichelli
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    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.
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    May 22nd, 2014tbazzDisruptive Business, Events

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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.

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    re:publica 14 - INTO THE WILDMy talk “The Art of Disrupting Business” has been selected for re:publica 14.
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 10:00 to 11:00, at re:publica festival in the STATION-Berlin in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

    Short thesis:
    Tatiana Bazzichelli describes the concept of “disruptive business” as an art practice, Her analysis becomes an opportunity to imagine new possible routes of social and political action. Distributed, autonomous and decentralised networking practices of disruption become a means for rethinking oppositional hacktivist and artistic strategies within the framework of art and business.

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    Description:
    The objective of this talk is to rethink the meaning of critical and oppositional practices in art, hacktivism and the business of social networking. The aim is to analyze hacker and artistic practices through business instead of in opposition to it. Shedding light on the mutual interferences between networking participation and disruptive business innovation, this talk explores the current transformation in political and technological criticism. 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? Bazzichelli’s hypothesis is that mutual interferences between art, hacktivism and the business of social networking have changed the meaning and contexts of political and technological criticism.

    Hackers and artists have been active agents in business innovation, while at the same time also undermining business. Artists and hackers use disruptive techniques of networking within the framework of social media, opening up a critical perspective towards business to generate unpredictable feedback and unexpected reactions; business enterprises apply disruption as a form of innovation to create new markets and network values, which are often just as unpredictable.Bazzichelli proposes the concept of the art of disrupting business as a form of artistic intervention within the business field of Web 2.0. The notion of disruptive business becomes a means for describing immanent practices of hackers, artists, networkers and entrepreneurs, which are analysed through specific case studies.

    More info about re:publica 14 here: http://re-publica.de/
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    April 6th, 2014tbazzEvents, Networking, Social Actvism

    On April 6th, I am involved in the event: KOMPLIZEN: Workshops & Public Talk, taking part in the Movements Without Political Representatives workshop group.

    Venue: Supermarkt, Brunnenstrasse 64, 13355 Berlin

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    What should we do together? In this post-Snowden world…

    Since the Snowden disclosures, the protagonists of the digital revolution are preparing for a new era of collaboration: hackers and journalists, pirates and capitalists, amateurs and professionals. Yet the common goals are still rife with conflict; there is still a lack of common values and universal practices. Nonetheless, or possibly exactly for that reason, we have become accomplices (in German: Komplizen). What greater problems could be addressed if the supposed opponents put aside their quarrels and work together? How could having a look through someone else’s glasses provide new approaches to finding solutions?

    The all-day event KOMPLIZEN offers workshops (10 am – 4 pm), which bring together hackers and journalists, pirates and capitalists, amateurs and professionals in an attempt to find answers to the question: What should we do together? At the end of the day, a panel (from 5 – 6 pm) offers room for a public debate.

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    Strategies of Survival After Uprising

    With Miriyam Auoragh, Philipp Ronnenberg, Ebru Yetiski
    Hashes to Ashes conference thread. Chair: Tatiana Bazzichelli
    transmediale festival “afterglow” 2014 – Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin

    Time: Sat, 1.2. 18:30h – 20:30h, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

    During the Arab revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, access to the Internet and mobile phone networks was restricted to limit peer networking and self-organization. In Syria Internet censorship is extensive, and websites are banned and network traffic is shut off when the government is under pressure. In the recent uprising in Turkey, many of the protesters complained about the lack of coverage on Turkish television and as a result of this, social media played a key role in keeping people informed. The use of Internet and social media for self-organization during uprisings has been often discussed, but are such tools the best solution to coordinate interventions? Are they empowering, or are they instead causing major exposure if not used consciously? This panel analyses the role of networking and activism during uprisings in the Middle East, and reflects on the countermeasures adopted against the so-called ‘cyber crime’ during times of conflict. Furthermore, it aims to generate a discussion over the creation of permanent and alternative (social) media outlets.

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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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    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  (Amazon.com .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  (Amazon.com .de .uk .it)

    Licensed under the Peer Production License

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