Berlin · september 7-8 · 2018:

INFILTRATION: Challenging Supremacism

Misinformation Ecosystems Series - Part II - 2018

A journey inside right wing extremism and supremacist ideology to provoke direct change.


Early Bird Discount
available until July 30th!

[Entrance for Partner Event at Spektrum on location: 5€]


PARTICIPANTS

Daryl Davis (R&B and Blues Musician, Author, Actor, USA)
Patrik Hermansson (Anti-racist Activist, “Hope Not Hate" Researcher, SE/UK)
Julia Ebner (Terrorism and Extremism Researcher and Author, DE/UK)
Christopher Schiano (Journalist at Unicorn Riot, Decentralized, Non-profit Media Organization of Artists and Journalists, USA)
Anna Müller (Mobile Counselling Team against Right-wing Extremism /MBR – Mobile Beratung gegen Rechtsextremismus in Berlin, DE)
Mattias Gardell (Nathan Söderblom Chair of Comparative Religion at Uppsala University, SE)

Richard Gebhardt (Political Scientist and Journalist, DE)
Janez Janša, Janez Janša & Janez Janša (Artists, Ljubljana, SI)
Christina Lee (Head of Ambassador Program, Hostwriter, DE)
Stewart Home (Artist, Filmmaker, Writer, and Activist, UK)
Florian Cramer (Reader in 21st Century Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL)
Rebecca Pates (Political Anthropologist, University of Leipzig, DE)
Tatiana Bazzichelli (Artistic Director, Disruption Network Lab, IT/DE)


The 14th conference of the Disruption Network Lab

Location: Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin.
Partner Event at SPEKTRUM, Bürknerstr. 12, 12047, Berlin.
Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli.

Funded by: Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa (Senate Department for Culture and Europa, Berlin), Reva & David Logan Foundation, Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. In partnership with: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

In cooperation with: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, SPEKTRUM. In collaboration with: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). Media Partners: taz.die tageszeitung, ExBerliner, Furtherfield.

In English language.


INFILTRATION: Challenging Supremacism focuses on the practice of political, investigative and activist infiltration as a form of better understanding aims, lifestyles and methods of right-wing extremist groups. What is the drive for young generations to join extremist groups? How can we analyse their dynamics from inside? What are the reasons of fascination of right-wing propaganda and supremacist outrage?

Since 2015, the Disruption Network Lab has been investigating issues and phenomena from the "inside", shedding light on interventions that provoke political and social change from within closed systems. With the concept of INFILTRATION we don't mean to sympathise with or to openly confront right-wing extremist groups, but we encourage the act of understanding their aims from within, by adopting the approach of “participatory observation”.

In the 1960s German journalist Günter Wallraff went undercover to get insight into power structures and abuses, assuming identities such as a homeless person, an alcoholic and a worker in a chemical factory. His name has even become a verb in Swedish, meaning “to expose misconduct from the inside by assuming a role”. Adopting a Günter Wallraff approach, this conference aims to present strategies and practices of individuals and groups that take high risk to better understand the far right, alt-right, extremist and supremacist ecosystems - by approaching them directly to learn their inner dynamics, or even "interfere" with them.

So far, at the Disruption Network Lab, we have been offering contexts of discussion to whistleblowers, human right advocates, artists, hackers, journalists, lawyers and activists to present their experience, and their actions. With this conference, we advocate for a critical reflection on the subjects of populism, nationalism, right-wing extremism, and alt-right, to analyse the effects of such phenomena in art, media, politics and society.

The conference aims to generate knowledge of the increasing presence of movements that want to oppose immigration, multiculturalism and political correctness, as well as to generate supremacist ideology. Among our speakers, Daryl Davis (Musician & Author, USA) will tell his story as a black American befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan since the 1980s and making possible to indirectly leave the Klan over 200 people (he recounted his experiences in his 1998 book, Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan). In 2016, a film about his story came out: Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.

In our conference programme at Kunstquartier Bethanien, our speakers will share their experiences as observers, researchers, and infiltrators, proposing a constructive critical approach, which is based on the motivation of understanding our ideological “opponents”, as well as transforming mere opposition into a concrete path for inspirational change.


Friday September 7 · 2018

16:30 - Doors open

17:00-18:30 – KEYNOTE

Daryl Davis (R&B and Blues Musician, Author, Actor, USA)
Moderated by Anna Müller (Mobile Counselling Team against Right-wing Extremism /MBR – Mobile Beratung gegen Rechtsextremismus in Berlin, DE)

18:30 - Break

19:00 - 21:00 – PANEL

Mattias Gardell (Nathan Söderblom Chair of Comparative Religion at Uppsala University, SE)
Richard Gebhardt (Political Scientist and Journalist, DE)
Janez Janša, Janez Janša & Janez Janša (Artists, Ljubljana, SI)
Moderated by Christina Lee (Head of Ambassador Program, Hostwriter, DE)

Saturday September 8 · 2018

16:00 - DOORS OPEN

16:30 - 18:00 – PERFORMANCE LECTURE

Florian Cramer (Reader in 21st Century Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL)
Stewart Home (Artist, Filmmaker, Writer, and Activist, UK)
Q&A with Tatiana Bazzichelli (Artistic Director, Disruption Network Lab, IT/DE)

18:00 - 18:30 BREAK

18:30 - 20:30 – PANEL

Patrik Hermansson (Anti-racist Activist, “Hope Not Hate" Researcher, SE/UK)
Julia Ebner (Terrorism and Extremism Researcher and Author, DE/UK)
Christopher Schiano (Journalist at Unicorn Riot, Decentralized, Non-profit Media Organization of Artists and Journalists, USA)
Moderated by Rebecca Pates (Political Anthropologist, University of Leipzig, DE)

Sunday September 9 · 2018 · at SPEKTRUM

19:30 - 22:00 & open bar until late

Partner Event with Daryl Davis (R&B and Blues Musician, Author, Actor, USA)
Spektrum, Bürknerstr. 12, 12047, Berlin.


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