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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read more: http://disruptiv.biz
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