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disruption network lab


An ongoing platform of events and research on art, hacktivism and disruption in Berlin

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disruption network lab


An ongoing platform of events and research on art, hacktivism and disruption in Berlin

Disruption Network Lab

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. The Disruption Network Lab is produced by the Disruption Network Lab e.V. (gemeinnütziger eingetragener Verein), a legally registered organisation in Germany operating as a non-profit entity.

The goal of the Disruption Network Lab is to present and generate new possible routes of social and political action within the framework of hacktivism, digital culture and information technology, focusing on the disruptive potential of artistic practices. The Disruption Network Lab is a conceptual and practical zone where artists, hackers, activists, networkers, whistle-blowers and critical thinkers enter into a dialogue. The programme is developed through artistic presentations, theoretical debates and keynote events. The diverse series of events establish local and translocal partnerships with other spaces and institutions in Berlin and internationally.

The first series of events (April-December 2015) focused on media practices at the border of hacking, art and activism covering a wide spectrum of contemporary political, cultural and economical issues: from the use of drones in political conflicts, to the emergence of social media practices shaping our everyday life causing critical consequence on our privacy; from the critical reflection on identity, pornography, and sexuality in post-digital contexts, to the upcoming frontiers of bio-hacking; from the practice of whistleblowing as a way of exposing sensitive facts and information, to political stunts and tactics of disruption to reveal bugs of economical and business systems from within.

“Art & Evidence” is the framework of the second series of conference events (June-November 2016). Inspired by a conceptual exchange of curator Tatiana Bazzichelli with Academy Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras, it refers to the act of revealing facts, exposing misconducts and wrongdoings, and producing awareness about social, political and technological matters. Alongside, the thematic framework introduces artistic explorations, through which the issues of whistleblowing, leaking, disclosing, and knowledge production are investigated in their imaginative potential, by questioning the concept of “evidence” itself. The goal is to encourage the exploration of critical models of thinking and understanding, as well as to generate art as a mean to investigate issues and translate information.

The Disruption Network Lab is working on establishing a curatorial platform both locally and internationally, by proposing new series of conference events in Berlin and abroad. The first event of the international series was held in London at the Somerset House (April 2016).


The people

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Tatiana Bazzichelli

ARTISTIC Director & Curator

tbazz@disruptionlab.org
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Tatiana Bazzichelli is the artistic director and founder of the Disruption Network Lab. She is Visiting Lecturer at the Fachhochschule Potsdam, the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (FHP), in the Department of Cultural Practice. Former programme & conference curator at transmediale festival in Berlin from 2011 to 2014, she initiated and developed the year-round ‘reSource transmedial culture berlin’ project. In 2012-2014 she was Post-Doctoral researcher at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, as part of the Centre for Digital Cultures. In 2011, she received a PhD degree in Information and Media Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Aarhus University in Denmark. In 2009 she was a visiting scholar at the H-STAR, the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute of Stanford University. She wrote the books: Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2013); Networking: The Net as Artwork (Costa & Nolan, Milan, 2006 /DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2008), and co-edited Disrupting Business: Art and Activism in Times of Financial Crisis (Autonomedia, New York, 2013). Active in the Italian hacker community since the ’90s, her networking project "AHA:Activism-Hacking Artivism" won the honorary mention for digital communities at Ars Electronica 2007. She curated several exhibitions, such as SAMIZDATA (2015-2016), Networked Disruption (2015), HACK.Fem.EAST (2008), HACKmit! (2007) and Hack.it.art (2005) in Berlin, Rome, and other European cities. She was awarded the 2014 “Italian of the Year” by the Comites of Berlin, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin. She was born in Rome and she has been living in Berlin since 2003.

 

Kim Voss

Project MANAGER & COMMUNICATION

kim@disruptionlab.org

Kim Voss graduated in Arts Management and Cultural Work from Fachhochschule Potsdam. She worked as assistant press and communication manager for the theater Sophiensaele in Berlin and as assistant project manager for the conference programme of transmediale festival 2015. In October 2013 she set up an exhibition about Upcycling fashion in the famous defunct amusement park "Spreepark Berlin". Since 2015 she is a project manager of the Disruption Network Lab. As cultural producer and mediator she is taking part in social and aesthetic processes working at the intersection of artistic practice, public interest and the market.

Claudia Dorfmüller

Project Manager & Administration

claudia@disruptionlab.org

Claudia Dorfmüller is a graduate of the University of Arts Berlin and has worked on several cultural projects as curator, project manager and editor. For the Kunsthalle Exnergasse Wien she curated the exhibition "Antenna Futura" (opened in September 2016). For the Heinrich Böll Foundation Brandenburg she worked as production manager of the art exhibition "Rohkunstbau 2015 – Apocalypse". In 2014 she curated and organised the exhibition "Congress of Articulation" in Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien. For the University of Arts Berlin and others she realised several publication projects.

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Daniela Silvestrin

GUEST Curator & MANAGER

daniela@disruptionlab.org

Daniela Silvestrin is an independent researcher, curator and cultural manager with a background in law, history of art and curatorial studies. In her research she explores hybrid artistic practices at the intersection of art, law and science. Driven by the emergence of political and ethical concerns in an era where techno-science increasingly impacts all life and blurs known distinctions (the human and non-human, life and matter), her work focuses on the implications of new technologies analysed through the lens of artistic reflection and knowledge production. After working for four editions of the transmediale festival as project manager, she has been working with both the Disruption Network Lab as guest curator and manager, and with the initiative and collective "STATE Experience Science" in Berlin as art & science curator since both their inceptions in 2014. In the framework of the Disruption Network Lab, she co-curated the events "Cyborg" (May 2015) and "Ignorance" (September 2016). Together with the artists Mario de Vega and Víctor Mazón Gardoqui, she is co-editor of the book LIMEN. Ecologies of Transmission (Berlin / Mexico City, 2016). Her research was awarded with the "Working and Research Grant for Visual Art 2015" by the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs, Germany.