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).