Pink networks of tactical and playful strategies
lecture by Tatiana Bazzichelli on hacker ethics and networks
entangled with the precarious and the sexual
in collaboration with the Festival
Mesto Zensk (City of Women)
Saturday 6th October, 6 pm
Since the 1980s in Italy reflections on sexuality and identity
have been taking the form of a net. It is a network made up of
multiple groups and individuals who put at stake their own bodies,
using them as critical territories to go beyond borders, barriers
and fixed frames of thinking. In this view, sexuality becomes
an open and playful radical communication code, as it is no longer
based on the gender opposition (male/female), but is expression
of a flowing entity, able to manifest itself through a network
of widespread and reticular links. The importance of experiment
with body and sexuality on territories that are beyond the limits,
can be traced in pink networks of tactical and playful strategies.
"Queer" is the best term to connote these practices, crossing
the limits of sexual stereotypes. In Italy, queer digital communities
and gender activists are closely connected to those of the hackers.
They are part of the same network and share a similar approach
to technology. By emulating the hacker way of combining and recombining
hard- and software into a more critical and all-encompassing technology,
they want to subvert rigid cultural paradigms and create new interstice
cultural zones for themselves. A collaborative cut-up, or cultural
collage, combines hacker ethic, political activism and independent
Bazzichelli, a.k.a. T_Bazz (Roma, 1974), is a Communication
Sociologist and an expert in New Media Art, Hacktivism and Net
Culture. She gave a dissertation on Italian interactive digital
art at the University la Sapienza in Rome (1999).
She holds a M.A. Degree in New Media and Communication, with a
specialization in Digital TV, achieved in 2001 at the University
of Rome Tor Vergata. In 2002, she attended an High Formation Course
on Management of Arts and Culture at the Scuola Normale Superiore
In 2000-2003 she worked as Content Manager and Multimedia Project
Planner for the Web-Company KSolutions of l'Espresso Editions
Group / la Repubblica newspaper.
Towards the end of the 1990's she organised events and conventions,
such as Cum2Cut (Berlin, 2006), Hack.it.art (Berlin 2005), Art
on the Net in Italy (Berlin 2005), MediaDemocracy and Telestreet
(Munich, 2004), AHA (Rome, 2002), Hacker Art Lab (Perugia, 2000).
Founder of the networking project AHA:Activism-Hacking-Artivism
(2001), she manages the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list regarding artistic
She is a free-lance journalist and writes of art, media and new
creative trends for "AD-Architectural Digest", "Next Exit", "Digimag",
She wrote articles and reviews published on "Flash Art", "Neural",
"Avatar", "Noemalab", "Cluster", "Cut-up", "XL" of la Repubblica
She wrote "From Telestreet to Hackmeetings: the network of information
creation" for the editor Costa & Nolan, in the book Neo Television,
Elements of Glocal Cathode Language, edited by M. Pecchioli.
Since 2003, she lives in Berlin, Germany.
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