The Black Chamber

Domenico Quaranta et al.


How did the internet go from the utopian free-for-all, open source heaven, libertarian last frontier to the current state of permanent surveillance, exhibitionism and paranoia? This duplicity is the underlying thread that links the artists, activists, and researchers in The Black Chamber, an exhibition, a symposium, an urban intervention and a publication.
The Black Chamber aims at discussing the delicate and often awkward role of art and imagination in the age of mass surveillance, stressing the multiple connections between post-studio art and independent research, grassroots reverse engineering, and new forms of political activism in the age of networks.
Not just an exhibition catalogue, this book is also an attempt to show the exhibited works as part of larger research processes. With works and original contributions by Jacob Appelbaum & Ai Weiwei, Laura Poitras, Metahaven, Zach Blas, James Bridle, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Simon Denny, Jill Magid, !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Evan Roth.


The Black Chamber (exhibition catalogue)
Texts by Domenico Quaranta et al.
Language: English
Catalogue of the exhibition curated by Eva & Franco Mattes, Bani Brusadin (Ljubljana / Rijeka, 2016)
Edited by: Bani Brusadin, Eva & Franco Mattes, Domenico Quaranta
Publisher: Link Editions, Brescia 2016
Co-Publisher: Aksioma − Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Design and layout: Fabio Paris
Image editor: Matteo Cremonesi
Proofreading: Philip Jan Nagel
In the frame of Masters & Servers.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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ISBN 978-1-326-61205-4

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