KOMPLIZEN: Workshops & Public Talk Event

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


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 video poker strategy 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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Art as Evidence

transmediale festival “afterglow” 2014  – Panel with Jacob Appelbaum, Trevor Paglen & Laura Poitras. Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli, 30th January 2014, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

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art as evidence – ©nadinenelken

In a Keynote panel on January 30th, 2014, which I organised at transmediale festival “afterglow”, film director Laura Poitras, independent security analyst Jacob Appelbaum and artist and geographer Trevor Paglen reflected on upcoming frontiers of action and awareness for hackers, activists and artists in the present context of geopolitical surveillance and control.

The conversation aimed to trace a possible path towards investigating the deconstruction of power structures through experiencing them from within, critically reflecting on the role of art and activism today in the context of the post-9/11 politics and society. Crossing various practices and disciplines, from film documentary, computer security, hacking, experimental geography, photography, this talk revealed the role of art as evidence, as a practice of making people regain and reclaim their autonomy, have agency and live consciously in a networked world. Reconnecting with the courageous practice of whistleblowing and ethical resistance, Appelbaum, Paglen and Poitras highlighted contradictions between public visibility and individual privacy, information disclosure and data protection in the digital and physical info-sphere.

Below is my introduction text for the panel, and the videos of the speakers’ contributions.

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Circumventing the Panopticon

Whistle-blowing, Cypherpunk and Journalism in the Networked 5th Estate

With William Binney, Alexa O’Brien, Annie Machon, moderated by Diani Barreto
transmediale festival “afterglow” 2014 Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Hashes to Ashes conference thread. Chair: Tatiana Bazzichelli

Time: Sun, 2.2. 15:00h – 17:00h, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Whistle-blowing is the new civil disobedience of our time. Bruce Schneier

The recent disclosures made by whistle-blower Edward J. Snowden encompass some of the most severe threats to Human Rights and to democracy in the modern age. We are experiencing a “chill” in the fields of investigative reporting while witnessing an unholy alliance between government agencies, Internet service providers and the media, that have caused a rupture of confidence in the security industry as well as in our civic institutions. The Snowden affair has also shed light on how journalism is being perceived in our time and how information contained in the leaks is being handled by the media outlets of the 4th Estate, which have traditionally served as the “gatekeepers” for public accountability.

This panel seeks to illustrate how the virtue ethics of cypherpunk, whistle-blowing and investigative journalism are evolving into a hybrid form of civic resistance against the predations of the State. It will discuss the ascendancy of an information commons, a so-called 5th Estate, as a network of networks, that can serve to complement, if not surpass the 4th Estate and how it can serve to effectuate political change.

Under the Skin: Revealing Invisible Data

With Alessandro Delfanti, Pinar Yoldas, Salvatore Iaconesi, Rüdiger Trojok
Hashes to Ashes conference thread. Chair: Tatiana Bazzichelli
transmediale 2014 “afterglow”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Fri, 31.1. 18:30h – 20:00h, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

This panel investigates the invisible data underneath biological science, scientific laboratory research and our body. Focusing the discussion on biohacking as an experience of “disclosure” of data and practices that belong to a branch still inaccessible for many, Salvatore Iaconesi, Rüdiger Trojok and Pinar Yoldas share their interdisciplinary researches. Activist and computer engineer Salvatore Iaconesi presents his “open source cure”, based on his personal experience of data disclosure after being diagnosed with brain cancer, advocating the right of accessing openly medical records; molecular biologist Rüdiger Trojok presents his work among the community platform hackteria, based on the collaboration of scientists, hackers and artists to work with life science technologies and cooperate on the organisation of temporary labs, hack-sprints and meetings; Artist Pinar Yoldas, selected artist in the Vilélm Flusser Residency Programme, presents her research to create a post-human ecosystem, a living community of speculative organisms and their environment.

Restricted Networks

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.

Networking Post-Digital Transitions

Presentation at Aksioma | Project Space, 12 February 2014 at 7.30 pm, Ljubljana, Slovenia In this video of my presentation at the Aksioma Project Space I describe the process of development of the reSource transmedial culture berlin as a trans-genre initiative combining hacktivist, artistic and queer practices of local and translocal communities, and the curatorial framework of transmediale 2014 afterglow. Watch the video below. Tatiana Bazzichelli — Networking Post-Digital Transitions from aksioma on Vimeo. What is the connection between hacker practices, artistic experimentation and queer performativity in the post-digital era? Since 2011 Tatiana Bazzichelli has been developing the reSource transmedial culture berlin, the year-round initiative casinos in Florida of transmediale festival as a project of networking based on the inter-connection of genres and practices in the field of art, technology, politics and identity. The main goal was to facilitate the sharing of resources and knowledge between the transmediale festival and the local and translocal scene engaged with art and digital culture in Berlin. This presentation reflects on curating as an activity that crosses practices and languages, in connection with a critical reflection on media culture. By highlighting how networking can be a disruptive concept able to work on the convergences of interdisciplinary fluxes, the focus will be post-digital practices presented before and during transmediale 2014 “afterglow”, linking the artistic with the mediatic, political, economic and queer practices. MORE INFO on the Event here Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2014, (Komenskega 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Artistic Director: Janez Janša, Producer: Marcela Okretic

Interview with Laura Poitras: The Art of Disclosure

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.

National Security Agency_headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

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.

New Book: Disrupting Business. Art & Activism in Times of Financial Crisis

Edited by Tatiana Bazzichelli & Geoff Cox
Publisher: Autonomedia – Data Browser 05

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.

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