Tools for the Next Revolution
Open call for workshop participants
Within the framework of Respublika! A Cypriot community media arts festival, curated by Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier, NeMe is pleased to invite you to participate in a hands-on workshop conducted by the internationally renowned artists and winners of the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica, Golden Nica Interactive Art+, Wachter and Jud CH/DE.
The workshop explores the possibilities of expression in the communication society and uncovers the narratives and power structures behind it. Participants will create their own Internet independent Wifi communication network, learn how to use it and how to extend the range of Wifi-networks with self-built antennas.
“What does the war in Syria have to do with the privacy debate in Europe? What does NSA mass surveillance have to do with a Chinese Internet café? On the one hand, we have our own specific views. On the other hand, the forms of expression are subject to a collective political, cultural, governmental and linguistic regime. In order to overcome the forms of attribution, exclusion and paternalism in our own views and expressions, we specifically address the social and cultural mechanisms of exclusion in our art projects. Our projects, such as picidae (since 2007), New Nations (since 2009) and qaul.net (since 2012), have gained worldwide interest by revolutionising communication conditions. As open-source projects these works uncover forms of censorship of the Internet, undermine the concentration of political power and even resolve the dependency on infrastructure. The tools we provide are used by communities and activists in the USA, Europe, Australia and in countries such as Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, India, China and Thailand. Even North Korean activists participate. In the digital age we usually forget about the exclusion and the gaps because they don’t appear in our world view. By looking into our communication conditions, we can realise new strategies and ways to reach out to each other.”
Workshop date: Saturday, 28/10 /2017, 10:30-17:00, NeMe Arts Centre, Corner Ellados and Enoseos Streets, 3041, Limassol
Participation is free but due to space restrictions only 20 applicants will be accepted.
Application deadline: 20/10/2017
Please call 25-372675 to reserve your participation.
Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud were both born in Zurich and live and work in Berlin. They have participated in numerous international exhibitions and have been awarded many international prizes. In particular, the projects picidae (since 2007), New Nations (since 2009) and qaul.net (since 2012) have gained worldwide interest. As open-source projects these works uncover forms of censorship of the Internet, undermine the concentration of political power and even resolve the dependency on infrastructure. The tools provided by the artists are used by communities in the USA, Europe, Australia and in countries such as Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, India, China and Thailand. Even activists from North Korea participate. In 2012 their project Hotel Gelem was awarded a prize by the Council of Europe.
Nico Carpentier is Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media of Uppsala University. In addition, he holds two part-time positions, those of Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Free University of Brussels) and Docent at Charles University in Prague. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University. His latest book is The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is part of a series of events in the long term project Respublika! A Cypriot community media arts festival which has been ongoing since June 2017 and will continue until January 2018. The forthcoming events include 2 exhibitions at the NeMe Arts Centre, site-specific projects in Nicosia, this workshop, artists’ talk and 2 seminars.
We look forward to your attendance and support for these engaging events. NeMe will email our subscribers information related to all events.
The Respublika! events are organised with the kind support from CCMC.
Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Medochemie, Sheila Pinkel