Drones Disruption and Whistleblowing

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 13:00 - 15:00

SKY ROOM (Campus Kollegiet)

In her work as researcher and curator, Tatiana Bazzichelli describes the concept of disruption as an opportunity to imagine new possible routes of social and political action. Bazzichelli uses the term disruption to investigate hacker and artistic practices that interfere with political and technological systems from within. In the context of this workshop, she will connect the concept of disruption with the one of whistleblowing, analysing in particular the Disruption Network Lab’s conferences “Drones – Eyes from a Distance” (Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, April 2015, http://www.disruptionlab.org/drones/) and “Bots – Tracking Systems of Control” (Somerset House, London, April 2016, http://www.disruptionlab.org/bots/). Presenting as main speakers respectively U.S. Air Force whistleblowers Brandon Bryant and Cian Westmoreland, the events analysed the politics and the regime of power beyond drone-systems, as well as interconnected systems of control, data tracking and surveillance practices based on a high degree of automatism and diffused of responsibility. Bazzichelli contextualises the military use of drones from an artistic and hacker perspective, elaborating on the curatorial strategies of art as evidence.

Tatiana Bazzichelli is the founding artistic director of the Disruption Network Lab, an on-going platform of conference events on art, hacktivism and disruption in Berlin at Kunstquartier Bethanien and other locations. She was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam in 2016 and 2017. Former programme curator at transmediale festival in Berlin from 2011 to 2014, she initiated and developed the year-round ‘reSource transmedial culture’ network project. She was post-doctoral researcher at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, as part of the Centre for Digital Cultures and the Institute for Culture and Aesthetic Digital Media, Faculty of Cultural Studies (2012−2014). In 2011, she received a PhD degree in Information and Media Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Aarhus University in Denmark. In 2009 she was a visiting scholar at the H-STAR, the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute of Stanford University. She wrote the books: Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2013); Networking: The Net as Artwork (Costa & Nolan, Milan, 2006 /DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2008), and co-edited Disrupting Business: Art and Activism in Times of Financial Crisis (Autonomedia, New York, 2013).


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