Expoitation Forensics

Vladan Joler (SHARE Lab)

WED, 29 November 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

In this talk, Vladan Joler dives into the landscapes shaped by the algorithmic factories of the surveillance economy, and the associated exploitation of material and immaterial labour and natural resources. He explores maps of the Facebook Empire and investigates the deep anatomy of machine learning systems and the hidden human labour behind them.

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Prospective Collectives: Animating the Shared Self

Natalie Bookchin

TUE, 18 October 2017
Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Ljubljana

Natalie Bookchin’s presentation will explore the notion of condividuality through an aesthetic analysis of the current status of the networked image. In recent years, Bookchin’s work has focused on the creation of online and offline video installations that combine hundreds of YouTube video clips in which ordinary people present themselves before an audience. From teenage girls who dance alone in their rooms to minority groups who reflect upon racial segregation and poverty, these individuals are simultaneously isolated from each other and connected to each other. Yet it is only when Bookchin aligns these personal video diaries in a matrix that emphasizes the recurrence of bodily and linguistic expressions that their connectedness comes to the fore. In this respect, Bookchin’s presentation will allow participants to discuss condividuality as a form of connection and concatenation that proceeds from individual to individual without necessarily passing through a shared narrative or communitarian mythology.

Related event: Tactics & Practice #5: Proper and Improper Names

We Want the Asteroid! — Psychic Warfare and the Wu Ming Foundation

Wu Ming 1

TUE, 18 October 2017
Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Ljubljana

The conference is inspired by Marco Deseriis’ book Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous. Deseriis will introduce the conference by offering a genealogy of the “improper name,” which he defines as the adoption of the same pseudonym by organized collectives, affinity groups, and individual authors. Examples of collective pseudonyms include Ned Ludd, the fictional leader of the English Luddites; Alan Smithee, a shared signature used by Hollywood film directors to disown movies that have been re-cut against their will; Luther Blissett, a fictional media prankster, collective author, and anti-copyright activist; and the hacktivist group Anonymous. Deseriis’s central argument is that an improper name is a form of symbolic power that destabilizes the boundaries between the We and the I as the original creators of the alias lose control of its intended function to unforeseen uses. To express this tension between practices that are neither collective nor individual, Deseriis uses the notion of “condividuality”, a form of association that does not presuppose a community or a common intentionality, but only a concatenation of parts.

Related event: Tactics & Practice #5: Proper and Improper Names

Improper Names, Con-Dividual Subjectivities

Marco Deseriis

TUE, 17 October 2017
Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Ljubljana

The conference is inspired by Marco Deseriis’ book Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous. Deseriis will introduce the conference by offering a genealogy of the “improper name,” which he defines as the adoption of the same pseudonym by organized collectives, affinity groups, and individual authors. Examples of collective pseudonyms include Ned Ludd, the fictional leader of the English Luddites; Alan Smithee, a shared signature used by Hollywood film directors to disown movies that have been re-cut against their will; Luther Blissett, a fictional media prankster, collective author, and anti-copyright activist; and the hacktivist group Anonymous. Deseriis’s central argument is that an improper name is a form of symbolic power that destabilizes the boundaries between the We and the I as the original creators of the alias lose control of its intended function to unforeseen uses. To express this tension between practices that are neither collective nor individual, Deseriis uses the notion of “condividuality”, a form of association that does not presuppose a community or a common intentionality, but only a concatenation of parts.

Related event: Tactics & Practice #5: Proper and Improper Names

The Other Nefertiti

Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles

WED, 4 October 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

In this talk Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles discuss the role and relevance of the museums as a space of constant negotiation, their inherent fiction and colonial patina and the aspects of the digital in decolonization. They also talk about their work and its implications of the so called Nefertiti Hack and lay out why the discussion about the politics of representation, originality and truth of data is necessary and why there is such an institutional Angst to open up the collections as cultural commons and on a public domain…

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“…” an archeology of silence in the digital age

Daphne Dragona

Curator introduction to the exhibition
WED, 30 August 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

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“…” an archeology of silence in the digital age

Christoph Watcher & Mathias Jud

WED, 30 August 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

“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 revolutionizing 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.
This talk is a tour d’horizont to the isolated and hidden depths. Particularly in the digital age we usually forget about the exclusion and the gaps because they don’t appear in our worldview. By looking into our communication conditions, we can realize new strategies and ways to reach out to eachother.”
– Christoph Wachter in Mathias Jud

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From alien matter to The World Without Us

Inke Arns

TUE, 27 June 2017
City Museum Ljubljana, Slovenia

In this talk Inke Arns speaks about two exhibitions she recently curated: The World Without Us (HMKV Dortmund, 2016/17) and alien matter (transmediale festival, HKW Berlin, 2017). Alien matter refers to man-made, and at the same time, radically different, potentially intelligent matter. It is the outcome of a naturalization of technological artifacts. Environments shaped by technology result in new relationships between man and machine. Technological objects, previously defined merely as objects of utility, have become autonomous agents. Their capacity to learn and network throws into question the previously clear and dominant division between active subject and passive object. Within the alien matter exhibition 30 artists presented works about shifts within such power structures, raising questions about the state of our current environment and whether it has already passed a tipping point and is in the process of becoming “alien matter”. Content-wise, the works clustered around four thematic focal points: artificial intelligence, plastics, infrastructure, and the Internet of Things – subcategories that are deemed to merge into the nascent great machine and thereby, in the words of Günther Anders, are “future obsolete”.

Related event: The World Without Us - Narratives on the age of non-human actors

Computer Vision, Surveillance, and Camouflage

Adam Harvey

TUE, 20 June 2017
City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

This talk explored new ways of appearing and disappearing in a machine readable world including strategies for blocking face detection and thermal imaging, and tools for advanced visual-metadata analysis.

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Jennifer Lyn Morone

WED, 17 May 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

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IT HURTS – Art, performance and pain

Dominic Johnson

WED, 15 March 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

We are all familiar with pain, from that of the minor twinge to devastating injury or illness, to emotional pain. Yet we struggle to articulate the particularity of our hurt. Making an object of one’s pain has been a frequent project for historical and contemporary art, from paintings depicting great duress, to performances that harness self-injury as a formal technique. This lecture introduces key works in art and performance and asks how artists deal with the constitutive manner in which pain evades representation and communication.

Related event: OUCH! - Pain and Performance

Tactics and Poetics of Invisibility

Amy Suo Wu

TUE, 17 January 2017
The Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana
Part of the ALUO uho events.

Related event: The Kandinsky Collective

Porn to Be Free

A documentary about the generation who fought for sexual freedom.

Movie screening / Slovenian premiere

Ticket: 5 € / 3 € (presale)

Trg Prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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