On Hackerspaces and Anonymity Networks

Jacob_AppelbaumTalk with Jacob Appelbaum (NoiseBridge, San Francisco)

Jacob Appelbaum lives in San Francisco and is an independent computer security hacker currently employed by the Tor Project.. He is the executive director and a founder of the hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco (

NoiseBridge is a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and learning. Noisebridge is also more than a physical space, it’s a community with roots extending around the world. The hackerspace provides infrastructure and collaboration opportunities for people interested in programming, hardware hacking, physics, chemistry, mathematics, photography, security, robotics, all kinds of art, and, of course, technology. Through talks, workshops, and projects, it encourages knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring. As a space for artistic collaboration and experimentation, is open to all types of art – with a special emphasis on the crossover of art and technology. From hardware labs to electronics, cooking, photography, and sound labs, anything that’s creative is welcome.

The tor project is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.

The meeting with Jacob Appelbaum is organized by the Digital Aesthetics Research Centre. Presented by Tatiana Bazzichelli.

Thursday January 7, 2010.
14.30-16.00, Helsingforsgade 14,
Aarhus University, Turing building, 8200 Århus N, room T014.

AHAcktitude: Hackers and Artivists in Milan

AHAcktitude 2009 [27-28-29th November, Milan, Italy]
# Organised by: and AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism

AHAcktitude 2009, Milan

AHAcktitude 2009, Milan

The community of, the Italian mailing list on art and hacktivism is organizing a 3 day event in Milan at the Cantiere Social Centre. They called it AHAcktitude, as a collective development of the AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism project which I founded in 2001. I will contribute via Skype from San Francisco with a presentation on the topics I am researching during my visiting scholarship at Stanford University (starting August 2009).
The name of my presentation is: From Silicon Valley with Love, and it will connect art, tech and grassroots projects in the Bay Area (Saturday November 28, 9.30pm).

Here is the AHAcktitude press announcement:

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Has Facebook superseded Nettime?

Image by Antisocial Notworking, Arnolfini online gallery by Geoff Cox

Image by Antisocial Notworking, Arnolfini online gallery by Geoff Cox

My post was sent on September 25 to Nettime mailing-list, following the thread Has Facebook superseded Nettime? started by Florian Cramer.

It was published on the Nettime digest the day after. My answer pointed out many of the topics I am researching right now, in particular some relevant connections between hacker culture, networking art and Web 2.0.

Original Txt from Florian Cramer: <nettime> Has Facebook superseded Nettime?
: Florian Cramer <fc-nettime {AT}>
: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 22:58:08 +0200

“For about two years, I’ve noted that a sizable part of the media artistic, -activist and -scholarly community that makes up Nettime has moved to Facebook, in the sense of being more active and networked there than here. At the same time, there seems to no public discussion of this fact, making Facebook an elephant in the room. I’m speculating that Facebook is seen as a friendlier environment – but nobody dares to mention it because, among others, it’s a corporate site built on blatant user data mining [see] with scary surveillance and privacy implications. What is the solution? Is something like Facebook needed, but as a decentralized, non-data-minable, user-owned system?”

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#arse 2009 photostream

Slide by Jason Scott,

Slide by Jason Scott,

Here they are! The photos from Arse Elektronika 2009: check the photostream!

Arse Elektronika 2009

Of Intercourse and Intracourse. Sexuality, Genetics, Biotech, Wetware, Body mods.

Arse Elektronika 2009

Arse Elektronika 2009

October is coming in San Francisco, and together with the breezy fog, we have a new occasion to re-fresh our minds: Arse Elektronika 2009, October 1-4, San Francisco.
This year sex and technology meet the future at Arse Elektronika, as reported in the LA Times.
The Arse Elektronika Festival, which is not the one about media art organized in Linz every year – even if it sounds the same :) – also comes from Austria: founded by the experimental art group monochrom and managed by Johannes Grenzfurthner it is at its third edition (the first was in 2007).

CUM2CUT, the Indie-Porn-Short-Film Festival which I founded (together with Gaia Novati) in Berlin in 2006, is among the Festival partners. Some CUM2CUT movies will be shown at the Prixxx Arse Elektronika on October 1 at 6 PM, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Beside this, I will be involved in the festival program, taking part in the final panel,  Of Hypercrotch and Nanobot, together with Rose White, Violet Blue, Saul Albert, Eleanor Saitta and Johannes Grenzfurthner: Saturday, October 3, 8 PM @ PariSoMa

Here is the official press release. Spread the word!

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Visiting Research at the Stanford Humanities Lab


From August 20 until December 20, 2009, I am hosted as Visiting Scholar at the Human Sciences & Technologies Advanced Research Institute at Stanford University, California H-STAR, working within the Stanford Humanities Lab.

Thanks to a partnership agreement between the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and H-STAR at Stanford University, it has been possible to apply for a research grant at Stanford University, being involved in programs that connect Stanford resources in human sciences with research and innovation about information technology. This semester (fall 2oo9) six PhD Scholars, including myself, are hosted by HSTAR (see here for more details). Aim of my research at Stanford is to investigate how networking practices are able to change the model of production of Internet contents and artistic creations, connecting the development of hacker ethics and current digital artistic practices with the creation of Web 2.0 social networking platforms. Fred Turner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is my research co-supervisor.

The Stanford Humanities Lab is a loosely structured, self-supporting research collaboratory built around the work of its faculty leaders. It serves as a platform for transdiciplinary/post-disciplinary study dedicated to exploring innovative scenarios for the future of knowledge production and reproduction in the arts and humanities. Their research focus is about what it is to be human, about experience in a connected world, about the boundaries of culture and nature — transcend old divisions between the arts, sciences, and humanities; between the academy, industry, and the public sphere. The people behind the Lab are: Jeffrey T. Schnapp (Founder and Director), Henry Lowood, Michael Shanks and John Willinsky (Directors); Henrik Bennetsen (Associate Director), Matteo Bittanti (Associate Member); Core Collaborators are: Dena DeBry, Brandon Jones, Gordon Knox, Susan J. Rojo and Galen Davis (read more here).

Among the current projects at the SHL are: Speed Limits and the developing of Sirikata, a BSD licensed open source platform for games and virtual worlds. On September 12 and 13, a Mixed Reality Performance: An Evening on Sirikata took place. A performance at the MiTo International festival of Music in Milan, Italy, presented by the Stanford Humanities Lab [SHL] and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics [CCRMA], Stanford University).

Stay tuned!

Networking. The Net as Artwork

networking_bazzichelliBy Tatiana Bazzichelli
Preface by Derrick De Kerckhove

A reconstruction of the history of artistic networking in Italy and of the Italian hacker community from the 1980s to date.

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Language: English | Pages: 336. Download (PDF, 3.10 MB).
Language: Italian | Pages: 317. Download (PDF, 3.9 MB)

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Networking means to create nets of relations, where the publisher and the reader, the artist and the audience, act on the same level. The book is a first tentative reconstruction of the history of artistic networking in Italy, through an analysis of media and art projects which during the past twenty years have given way to a creative, shared and aware use of technologies, from video to computers, contributing to the creation of Italian hacker communities.

The Italian network proposes a form of critical information, disseminated through independent and collective projects where the idea of freedom of expression is a central theme. In Italy, thanks to the alternative use of Internet, during the past twenty years a vast national network of people who share political, cultural and artistic views has been formed.

The book describes the evolution of the Italian hacktivism and net culture from the 1980s till today. It builds a reflection on the new role of the artist and author who becomes a networker, operating in collective nets, reconnecting to Neoavant-garde practices of the 1960s (first and foremost Fluxus), but also mail art, Neoism and Luther Blissett. A path which began in BBSes, alternative web platforms spread in Italy through the 1980s even before the Internet even existed, and then moved on to Hackmeetings, to Telestreet and networking art by different artists such as 0100101110101101.ORG, [epidemiC], Jaromil, Giacomo Verde, Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Correnti Magnetiche, Candida TV, Tommaso Tozzi, Federico Bucalossi, Massimo Contrasto, Mariano Equizzi, Pigreca, Molleindustria, Guerriglia Marketing, Sexyshock, Phag Off and many others.

Preface by Derrick De Kerckhove. Epilogue by Simonetta Fadda.

Translation: Helen Pringle and Maria Anna Calamia, revised by Grace Wright.
Layout and front cover by Jonas Frankki.
Cover image: Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici by Antonio Glessi-Andrea Zingoni, published in “Frigidaire” issue 42, May 1984, Primo Carnera Edition.

Copyright © Italian edition 2006, costlan editori s.r.l., Milan.
Copyright © English edition 2008, Digital Aesthetics Research Center, Aarhus University, and the author.

The book is published under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3, November 2008.
More info about the book: English | Italian.