Disruption Network Lab

Keep Fighting by Chelsea Manning Network, at Disruption Network Lab, STUNTS, 12 December 2015, Berlin

Disruption Network Lab is an ongoing platform of events and research focused on art, hacktivism and disruption. The Laboratory takes shape through series of conference events at Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, and at other local and international venues.

The Disruption Network Lab is produced by the Disruption Network Lab e.V. (gemeinnütziger eingetragener Verein), a registered non-profit organisation in Germany. The programme is run by Tatiana Bazzichelli (artistic director and curator) and developed together with her team

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Blowing the Whistle, Questioning Evidence

For the call on the topic »Blowing the Whistle, Questioning Evidence«, announced in February 2017 by Solitude & ZKM, the curator and juror Tatiana Bazzichelli invited artists, hackers, technologic experts, computer scientists and activists who have been working actively on the topic of truth-telling, leaking, and counter-surveillance, with the aim of exposing misconducts and wrongdoings to participate.

65 applicants took part in the call, four web residents were chosen from a shortlist of ten proposals. The web residents worked on their projects for four weeks (until April 20, 2017), posting articles regularly or reporting on the steps to their final piece. Projects were shown on Schlosspost as well as on the ZKM website.

Read the call: https://schloss-post.com/call-web-residencies-solitude-zkm/

Web Residencies: https://schloss-post.com/category/blowing-the-whistle/

SAMIZDATA: Evidence of Conspiracy

SAMIZDATA: Evidence of Conspiracy

NOME Gallery presents SAMIZDATA: Evidence of Conspiracy, Jacob Appelbaum’s first solo show in Germany, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. In cooperation with Disruption Network Lab.

Jacob Appelbaum
September 11 – October 31, 2015
Opening: 10th September, 6pm

The title of the show references the Russian word “samizdat”, an important form of dissident activity throughout the former Soviet bloc in which censored literature was clandestinely reproduced and distributed. Transferred to the 21st century, the activity also resonates with aspects of the Snowden Affair and WikiLeaks as regards the distribution of information that places involved people at risk.

For the first time, the artist is showing a series of six color infrared photos as cibachrome prints, portraits of his own network of colleagues and friends: Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda, Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, William Binney and Ai Weiwei. The works were originally created as a sign of admiration and respect for the portrayed people and for their work that led to the “Snowden Affair” and beyond.

Appelbaum uses color infrared photography film that was originally produced to detect camouflaged targets and for use in agricultural surveillance and forensics investigations, to produce pictures that reveal more information than standard film.

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Networked Disruption – The Exhibition


“Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and Business”. Group exhibition and side programme. Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. Produced by Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana – in collaboration with several partners

Exhibition @ Škuc Gallery, Stari trg 21, Ljubljana, Slovenia / March 11 – April 3, 2015. Opening March 11, 8pm
With: Anna Adamolo, Anonymous, Billboard Liberation Front, Burning Man Festival, Cacophony Society, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Julian Oliver, Laura Poitras, Les Liens Invisibles, Luther Blissett, Mail Art, Neoism, Peng! Collective, Suicide Club, Telekommunisten, Trevor Paglen.

Seminar @ Kino Šiška, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia /March 11 – 12, 2015: http://www.aksioma.org/press/networked.disruption.zip
With: Annie Machon (UK), Bani Brusadin (ES), Baruch Gottlieb (CA/DE), Dmytri Kleiner (CA/DE), Florian Cramer (DE/NL), Ida Hiršenfelder (SI), Janez Janša (SI), John Law (US), Loretta Borrelli (IT), Luther Blissett (IT), Tatiana Bazzichelli (IT/DE), Vittore Baroni (IT), Vuk ?osi? (SI).

In the business world, disruption means to introduce into the market an innovation that the market does not expect. This innovation comes from within the market itself. Transferred into the field of art and activism, disruption means to generate practices and interventions that are unexpected, and play within the systems under scrutiny.

Art, hacktivism and business are often intertwined, generating a feedback loop of revolutions and co-optations that is functional to the development of capitalism. Capitalism needs our revolutions because they generate new lifestyles, products and practices that create new markets and consumer desires. Similarly, systems of power need our resistance and opposition because they serve to increase security and forms of control. We need to find new strategies that go beyond the mere act of opposition and that are harder to appropriate.

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Welcome to deadSwap 2.0

A new version of deadSwap by #Telekommunisten at transmediale 2015!


deadSwap by telekommunisten is a clandestine offline file sharing system where participants covertly pass a USB stick from one to another. The route of the USB memory stick and the identity of the other participants is not known by the users but controlled by local, independently operated SMS gateways that are kept as a carefully shared secret by their users.
deadSwap relies on the diligence and strict adherence to operational security of its agents. Nothing is secure in deadSwap, all text messages are unencrypted and sent over the public telephone system.
In order to maintain operational security, deadSwap participants need to follow procedures properly as failing to do so will compromise the security of the network and all of its users.

We launched the first release of deadSwap in 2009, during the Sousveillance Conference in Aarhus /Denmark. During transmediale 2015 it comes back upgraded and ready to be experienced and enjoyed at: http://deadswap.net

Read more on the deadSwap agent manual

Digital Utopias Conference: Disruptive Innovation Panel

Digital Utopias was a one-day conference which inspired and sparked debate about how new technologies are enabling creativity across the arts (Hull, UK, 20 January 2015).
In this session, the panel unpick alternative models of “innovation” through examining production models and their cultural value. Interdisciplinary artistic practice can create new platforms, resources and art forms, but what are the benefits to artistic practice and how can cultural appropriation be avoided?

Led by Jose Luis de Vicente (curator and researcher) with Tatiana Bazzichelli (Director of the Disruption Network Lab), Memo Akten (Artist), Lynn Scarff (Programme Director of The Science Gallery).

This debate was recorded at Digital Utopias at Hull Truck Theatre: an Arts Council event curated by Abandon Normal Devices as a trailblazer event for Hull City of Culture 2017, bringing together a range of Arts Council partners including The Space, AHRC and The British Council as well as artists and cultural practitioners from across the UK and beyond. Find out more and see more from Digital Utopias at: artscouncil.org.uk/digitalutopias

Towards the 31st Chaos Communication Congress (31C3)


The schedule of the upcoming 31C3 Chaos Communication Congress (December 27-30, CCH Congress Centre, Hamburg), seems to prove whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg right when he said: “Courage is contagious”. The internationally well-known yearly conference and hacker party running since 1984, is organised by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), who calls themselves “one of the longest established and most influential civil society organisations dealing with the security and privacy aspects of technology in the German-speaking world” (www.ccc.de).

Since its beginning in 1981, the CCC has actively worked to promote freedom of information and communication, struggled for greater transparency in governments and supported the principles of the hacker ethic, such as free access to technology and computers for everybody. Wau Holland, one of the CCC co-founders who passed away in 2001, described the 1981 meeting of various people in the rooms of Die Tageszeitung (taz) newspaper, which for many is considered crucial for the foundation of the CCC in an interview:

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The Disruptors

Photo by Fiona Krakenbürge

An intervention by Hedonist International – Photo by Fiona Krakenbürge

Don’t fight the system – disrupt it! Meet the subversive, satirical, risk-taking Berliners trying to effect change from within.

Last month ExBerliner, the Berlin magazine in English since 2002, published online my article “The Disruptors“, after it was on paper in the September issue dedicated to whistle-blower Edward Snowden and the connected scene of hackers, activists and critical thinkers in Berlin.

Here is the full version: http://www.exberliner.com/features/lifestyle/the-disruptors/