The initiative Networking Berlin’s transmedial culture started in spring 2012 as part of Tatiana Bazzichelli’s Postdoc research project on networking communities developed as a joint collaboration between the Centre for Digital Culture / Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and transmediale festival. After transmediale 2k+12 in/compatible, she started investigating the perception on the newborn reSource project, and the transmediale festival in general, by various cultural producers, artists and curators based in Berlin. The aim was to document considerations and thoughts of people active within the scene of cultural production in the city, and the implications of their activity in the framework of culture politics and networking models.
The investigation takes shapes through a “montage method”, bringing artists, cultural producers and activists into a dialogue crossing different practices and languages: from radio stations to exhibition spaces, from music venues to queer parties, from independent cinema projects to open source cultural spaces. Bazzichelli enters in dialogue with ten projects and producers: Christian de Lutz (Art Laboratory Berlin), Florian Wuest (Haben und Brauchen), Gregor Hotz (ausland), Diana McCarty/Pit Schultz (reboot.fm), Dr. Podinski (Citizen Kino), Ela Kagel (SUPERMARKT), John McKiernan, Kai Kreuzmüller and Daniel Franke (LEAP), Francesco Warbear Macarone Palmieri (Gegen), Erika Siekstelyte (Panke e.V.), Allegra Solitude (Liebig12).
The hybrid character of this first research phase – which obviously does not aim to be representative of the whole independent art and cultural landscape of the city – is not only at the core of her research methodology, but also of the activities of many of the people interviewed. They do not work on a single language of expression, but they try to combine different ones. Their cultural programmes are not only about a specific field or a specific genre; they work by converging interdisciplinary fluxes – artistic, mediatic, political, economical, and bodily.
These dialogues highlight strengths and weaknesses of what could be defined as the condition of “being in between” in the cultural landscape of Berlin, the hybrid character of activities that are mixing media, practices and languages, which often result in lack of political and cultural recognition and lack of sustainable funds. Furthermore, they offer an interesting perspective in the activity of networking art and digital culture in the field of independent cultural production.
The interviews published in this section present a dialogic form, therefore often following a very spontaneous style. A creative montage of them, the reSource Chats, is published in the first issue of the transmediale/magazine, and launched during the event reSource 006 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien on Thursday 12 September 2013.
Special thanks go to Lina Zuppke for the editing and transcription of the interviews, and to Georgia Nicolau, Heiko Stubenrauch and Daniela Silvestrin for taking part in the documentation of this project, as well as working on the interviews’ transcription.
Photo by Georgia Nicolau
A project of networked art powered by OCTO-P7C1
DOWNLOAD: You can download the PNEUMAtic circUS catalog (pdf) here.
Monday July 8th, 2013
Laboratorio 21, Viareggio (Italy)
Launch of the digital catalog with Vittore Baroni (curator, E.O.N. Archive, Viareggio), Tatiana Bazzichelli (curator, transmediale festival, Berlin / researcher, Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Jonas Frankki (designer, Telekommunisten collective, Berlin), MGZ – Mauro Guazzotti (DJ)
As part of the renowned transmediale festival for art and digital culture held in January-February 2013 in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the mail art pioneer Vittore Baroni oversaw the postal art project PNEUMAtic circUS, utilizing the innovative structure of pneumatic post OCTO P7C-1 and involving approximately one hundred authors from sixteen nations.
The long tentacles of OCTO reach Baroni’s home town Viareggio on Monday, July 8th 2013, with the premiere presentation at the art space Laboratorio 21 of the singular PNEUMAtic circUS digital catalog. The special event includes a meeting with Tatiana Bazzichelli, networked art researcher and curator of transmediale, and with the designer Jonas Frankki, a member of the Berlin collective Telekommunisten, creators of the original pneumatic platform together with Raumlaborberlin and reSource transmedial culture berlin of the transmediale festival.
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 www.freebradleymanning.net initiative Berlin