I am moderating a discussion with Jørgen Johansen (researcher on resistance studies, civil disobedience and whistleblowing, NO), Jaromil (hacktivist, IT/NL) and Sophie Toupin (researcher and feminist techno/activist, QC/CA) at an event by the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin, Künstlerquartier Bethanien, Studio 1 on Saturday, September 12 2015. We will be talking about what it means today to speak about “resistance” on the net and beyond more than two years after the first of Edward Snowden’s disclosures. We are looking back at past projects and try to find strategies for the future.
On the day before Jacob Appelbaum, Laura Poitras and Theresa Züger, a researcher on civil disobedience from Berlin, talk with Tatiana Bazzichelli (and with each other) about what leaking means for the political and artistic discourse. The Disruption Network Lab is founded by Tatiana Bazzichelli and is engaged with digital strategies of disruption in art and politics.
KH only now found a really nice and quirky review of “A la recherche du temps perdu” in the Hindu Business Line. It was written by N. Nagaraj in December 2006, so only a month after our first performance at the allgirls gallery.
It starts with the following very poetic images and puts our work in relation to them:
Enjoyed those time-compressed movies where you can see the passing of the seasons on a mountain-top? And on the other extreme, have you been mesmerised by the super-slow-motion replay of the red cricket ball, hitting the pitch and turning, turning, turning and kissing the edge of the bat?
We haven’t seen it till now for some reason but anyway it’s great and thank you to the reviewer!
“Speech and the ability for meta-reflection on one’s language are inherent characteristics of human beings. … [T]he main thing the [artworks] have in common is that they take as their starting point an exploration of language, with all its arbitrary structures and rules, its various functions within society, its absurdities and constraints on the individual. Rather than focusing on the isolated – literary / literal – artwork, the exhibition highlights general artistic tendencies toward a discursive process that originates on the Internet and finds its way back to the ‘virtualities of real life’.”
A short review is up at Rhizome. Thanks to Birgit Rinagl and Franz Thalmair for showing our work!
Diana McCarty and I are going to hang out at Kunstamt Bethanien this weekend. Tatiana Bazzichelli and Gaia Novati invited artists, hackers and activists to discuss the terms of hacking and making art in Eastern Europe. We are going to make net radio and interview everybody who crosses our way – so beware! It’s not yet clear how and when and where (well, it kind of is but we are still setting up and figuring things out) but watch the Hack.fem.east website for more info and our contributions.
We performed “A la recherche” as a part of the xxxxx event in March 2006 in London. They have an archive with the other artists and works ready as audio/image/video in Ogg Vorbis/Theora format. Other participants include: Erich Berger, Alexei Blinov, Andy Bolus [Evil Moisture], Shu Lea Cheang, Florian Cramer, Yves Degoyon, Aaron Dilloway, Kevin Drumm, Leif Elggren, PxP [Farmers Manual], Takeshi Fumimoto, Olga Goriunova, Graham Harwood, Russell Haswell, Florian Hecker, Stewart Home, Martin Howse, Jason Kahn, Toshio Kajiwara, Jonathan Kemp, Bruno Marchal, Aymeric Mansoux, Armin Medosch, Joachim Montessuiss, Phill Niblock, Karl Pribram, Pure, Otto Roessler, Adriana Sa, socialfiction.org, John Wiese.
Karl Heinz Jeron and me participated in the festival Paraflows06 in Vienna on 10 September 2006 with our performance “A la recherche du temps perdu”. It was the third time that the performance was presented – the first time was in Berlin in the allgirls gallery, the second time in London during the xxxxx festival in SPACE and now in Blumberg in Vienna.
The photos of the performance are now online on Flickr. Thanks to Verena Brückner, Florian Kmet, Thomas Hörl and Peter Kozek who played computer for 6 hours and made the performance possible.