Researching BWPWAP

International Research Conference and PhD Workshop
Leuphana University of Lüneburg,
22-24 November 2012

In the context of developing a platform for knowledge exchange and research across the arts and sciences, the reSource transmedial culture berlin/transmediale festival has established a partnership with the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the Digital Aesthetics/Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University to foster new forms of collaborative research, peer-review, publication and performative knowledge dissemination.

The international research conference and PhD workshop takes next transmediale’s thematic framework (BWPWAP, Back When Pluto Was a Planet) as a broad starting point, and is a chance for researchers to share ideas and development processes across and beyond the time/space of academic research paradigms. The conference and workshop asks how BWPWAP can be interpreted in the context of research culture that has been significantly destabilised by network culture and digital media.

Around 20 international PhD students have been selected after submitting their research abstracts via a public call. Students and researchers will meet at the Luphana University to present their activities and reflect on further networked research practices, which will culminate into the publication of a P2P reviewed newspaper presented in the framework of transmediale 2013.

The event follows on from similar events organised in 2012 and 2011 at Universität der Künste (Berlin), and Aarhus University, respectively. For the publication resulting from the last events, visit the following.


Organised by:

Digital Aesthetics/Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University
reSource transmedial culture berlin/transmediale festival
Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

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Postdoc at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg /transmediale

Since April 2012 I became a Postdoc researcher at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, as part of the Innovation Incubator /Centre for Digital Cultures (Art and Civic Media KT). In July 2012 my contract extended to the Institute for Culture and Aesthetic Digital Media, Faculty of Cultural Studies, where I have been working within the research framework and practice-based project “transmedial culture”, as a collaboration between Leuphana University of Lüneburg and transmediale festival.

My research projects are the following:

Research project: “Networking Communities as a Research Practice”

Associated to: “Art and Civic Media” Inkubator KT, Center for Digital Cultures
This project is a further development of Tatiana Bazzichelli’s PhD research: Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (2008-2011). It is based on the practice of networking as a research method used to investigate new models of production of art and culture explored by artists, hacktivists and grassroots communities.

Its objective: To investigate how collaborative practices among communities of artists, activists and hackers engaging with participatory technologies and networks contribute to shape new courses of action, tools and contents within (and beyond) digital culture production.

Research Methods:
(1) To compare new modalities of art production developed by artists and activists after the emergence of social media, reflecting on distributive, iterative and socially-engaged models of participation and innovation;
(2) To apply the concept of disruptive innovation to the art field so as to open up a critical perspective on the “network economy” trying to understand how the market works after de-assembling its strategies and mechanisms of production;
(3) To rethink the concepts of (social) networking, collaborative practices, innovation and participation adopting an ethnographic approach by mapping the activities of communities locally, regionally and internationally.
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Research project: “transmedial culture”

A Practice-Based Research Project of Networking Art and Culture
Cooperation project with: transmediale, festival for art and digital culture, Berlin (Kulturprojekte Berlin)

Associated to: Institute for Culture and Aesthetic of Digital Media, Faculty of Culture Studies.
The research intends to develop a further analysis of disruptive hacker and artistic practices in the field of network culture, but also a deeper investigation into networking as a research method through a curatorial practice-based experience within transmediale festival: the “resource transmedial culture berlin” (
The reSource transmedial culture aims to work towards the creation of a shared knowledge laboratory, and a project for local and translocal distributed networks by organising events, workshops and talks involving artists, hackers, activists, researchers and cultural producers on a local, regional and international basis. 

(1) To analyse the concept of transmedial culture, investigating creative approaches across digital and analogue media, reflecting on the intersections between cultural production, networking and disruptive art practices;
(2) To reflect on the strategies of networked art and hacktivism, by developing an empirical methodology based on mutual exchanges between the members of the (post-) media art scene, cultural producers and researchers in the field of the humanities;
(3) To form practice-oriented contexts of reflection and give feedback to both theory and practice through an interdisciplinary, distributed curatorial approach.

Outcomes: To organise public events with the aim to facilitate exchange between academic and non-academic spheres of knowledge production. The outcome of these activities will be disseminated through publications with an emphasis on new types of distribution as well as on new audiovisual and performative forms.
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Digital Backyards Workshop & Conference

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

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Photo Credit: Guillaume Loraine (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

reSource 002: “Out of Place, Out of Time”

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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The Community Complex

The Community Complex – A Post-Media Lab  conference (Part of the “Connecting People Apart” Event Series). Friday, 22 June 2012, 13:00-20:00. Venue: Denkerei, Oranienplatz 2, 10999 Berlin

Whether you want to have something to do with the ‘community industry’ or not, it has something to do with you. Through its burgeoning expansion, our forms of relating, caring, communicating and collaborating, are being transformed, enclosed, templated and put to work. The most affective components of network culture are rapidly being engineered into ‘product’. Just as virtual space is augmented, real space becomes ever more virtualised, securitised and impoverished. The rise of the network-assembled community has coincided with a radical disinvestment of national and municipal communities in the age of austerity. As services are withdrawn, the ‘community’ itself is enjoined to step into the breach. ‘Community’, in the era of networked neoliberalism, has become both a target of governance as well as of business.

Beyond the commercial drive which is ‘connecting people apart’, communities of difference are also flourishing in the post-internet age. Reimagining community is not just the preserve of belligerent nationalisms and Web 2.0 but also a long-standing activity of alternative, artistic and political cultures’ responses to commercialisation and industrialisation, from the 17th century puritans and diggers, the artist communes of the 19th century, through to the political squatter scenes of post-68 generation, the hacklabs of the past years and new movements such as Anonymous. The Community Complex will ask how normative forms of sociality and identification are not only produced but also challenged in today’s mashup of the virtual and real, free and waged labour, computational and affectual, real-time and bio-time, as well as minor and molar imaginings of connection. To achieve this we bring together different perspectives and experiences of critically engaging with the new realities of mediatised ‘community’ and its reimagination.

Participants: Johannes Paul Raether (Basso), McKenzie Wark (The New School, New York), Nishant Shah (Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore), Marcell Mars (MaMa, Zagreb), Tatiana Bazzichelli (transmediale/reSource), Clemens Caspar Mierau (Spackeria/c-base), Pod (CiTiZEN KiNO/XLterrestrials, Berlin/San Francisco), Graswurzel TV, foebud e.v. (Bielefeld), Tactical Technology Collective (Berlin and Bangalore).

13:00-15:00 / Workshop I: Practice
15:00-15:30 / Pause
15:30-17:30 / Workshop II: Privacy
18:00-20:00 / Evening Panel

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“It’s The Crisis, Stupid!” (Panel at DEAF Festival)

DEAF Festival, Thursday 17 May 2012, 14-16.00.
Gouvernestraat 133, Rotterdam, NL

Title: It’s the Crisis, Stupid!
In the light of cuts in the cultural sphere, perhaps now is a good time to re-iterate Bill Clinton’s famous phrase “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” (itself a variant of the popular engineering principle “Keep it simple, Stupid!”). The panel will focus on the past, present and future of art in relation to a broken economy – and a crisis that deeply affects the production of art. How can art take place under these conditions? What can art indicate about the crisis? In a perverse way, does it present new opportunities for artists to achieve more autonomy over their production process? What are the alternative business models that emerge? The panel is interested broadly in business as artistic material for reinvention.

Introduction – Vicente Matallana
Speakers: Saul Albert, Christophe Bruno, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Giorgios Papadopoulus.
Respondents: Christian Ulrik Andersen/Geoff Cox/Søren Pold
Organised by LaAgencia and DARC, Aarhus University.
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reSource 001: Trial Crack


reSource event 001: Trial Crack
11-12 May, 2012
General Public, Schoenhauser Allee 167, 10435 Berlin (U2 Senefelder Platz)

The reSource transmedial culture berlin comes back after the transmediale festival with a two day programme under the name of “Trial Crack“, scheduled on May 11-12. On May 11 a collective discussion on logic of artistic production with cultural producers based in Berlin (15:00-19:00). On May 12 three different but conceptually linked discussions: Sustainable Disruption (13:00-14:50); Post Privacy (15:30-17:00) and Queer Shifts (17:30-19:00).
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reSource for transmedial culture @ transmediale 2k+12 (résumé)


reSource for transmedial culture: Programme at transmediale 2k+12 (résumé by Tatiana Bazzichelli)

The reSource of transmediale culture ( is a new initiative of transmediale festival that happens throughout the year in the city of Berlin, developing ongoing activities with decisive touchdowns at each festival. It is curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli, and works in collaboration with CTM/DISK, Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien and the Post-Media Lab of the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the three main institutional partners of the project.

The launch of reSource took place at transmediale 2012 (January 31-February 5, 2012) with a constellation of workshops, talks and performances distributed into five different sub-themes: reSource methods, reSource activism, reSource networks, reSource markets and reSource sex (read more here).

Realisation of the Programme
Coherently with the concept and methodology of developing reflection and exchange all year round, the programme of the reSource of transmedial culture started already in November 2011 co-organising an initiative at the Berlin University of the Arts. It was followed by the intense programme during transmediale festival, and later, it will go on producing some distributed initiatives which will lead to transmediale 2013.

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