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The Berliner Gazette (BG) has worked on the Snowden disclosures from the very beginning and we have launched several critical interventions under the motto 'Snowden Commons' that are intended to explore and expand the democratic potential of the disclosures. Centeral to our endeavour are the files as material that can be accessed and transformed, circulated and preserved – or not.

Now we can move a step further: Today a critical mass of artists is working with the Snowden Files and we are happy to annouce "SIGNALS – an Exhibition of the Snowden Files in Art, Media and Archives" taking place September 12-26, 2017 in Berlin. Please read and share the info below.

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SIGNALS – an Exhibition of the Snowden Files in Art, Media and Archives
September 12-26, 2017 | DIAMONDPAPER Studio | Köpenicker Straße 96 | Berlin
www.berlinergazette.de/signals

SIGNALS is the first project to critically engage with artists responding to the NSA-files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Considering the most relevant contexts in which the files have 'surfaced' (including media and archives), it reflects on how artists are deploying the files as raw material.

With contributions by Zeljko Blace (CRO), Andrew Clement (CAN), Naomi Colvin (GBR), Simon Denny (NZL), Christoph Hochhäusler (GER), Evan Light (CAN), Geert Lovink (NED), M.C. McGrath (USA), Henrik Moltke (DEN), Deborah Natsios (USA), Julian Oliver (NZL), Trevor Paglen (USA), Laura Poitras (USA), Norman Posselt (GER), SAZAE bot (JPN), Stefan Tiron (ROU), University of the Phoenix (CAN), Andi Weiland (GER), Maria Xynou (ESP), John Young (USA) and more.

The title of the project takes its cue from the special language used by intelligence agencies: they refer to any communication that takes place within society as a 'signal', and they collect and analyze these 'signals' on a massive scale. The exhibition translates this special language into the language of culture, where the world is coded and decoded in the form of 'signals' shaped by political and economic contexts.


Idea of the exhibition

The exhibition is partitioned into two sections: frontend and backend. These terms designate on the one hand computerized user interfaces, on the other data bases which reside behind the interfaces. The latter, the backend, structures the possibilities of the frontend, e.g. by monitoring all interactions and by using that data to optimize and predict future uses. All of this remains unaccessible and opaque to users. The exhibition turns the tables on these conditions and complicates them.

The exhibition program is complemented with talks, performances and workshops as well as two publications that extend the dialectical frontend/backend narrative of the exhibition.


Background

The Snowden disclosures have triggered debates on democracy, civil rights, the internet and intelligence agencies all around the world. These debates have led to a number of political changes, including negative ones: e.g., consolidating the delusion of cyber-security. Meanwhile, the documents that triggered the debates remain arcane for the general public, as well as for many experts. And it is not ensured that the documents will be preserved for posterity or for those writing our history.

The SIGNALS project takes this problem as its starting point and situates the historic leak in the context of civic appropriation. Foregrounded are artists who test the files as material and, by creating works, transform them into commons.

More info: www.berlinergazette.de/signals


Events and Books

The exhibition program is complemented with talks, performances and workshops (see dates below) as well as two publications that extend the dialectical frontend/backend narrative of the exhibition.

A Field Guide to the Snowden Files. Media, Art, Archives. 2013-2017, edited by the exhibition curators Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki, gathers for the first time a representative selection of artists working with the Snowden files and places them in context with appropriations by media folks and archivists.

Fugitive Belonging is a monographic publication by Krystian Woznicki. Containing an extensive essay and more than 100 photographs, it reflects the broader socio-political context behind the Snowden disclosures, focusing on the politics of citizenship in the networked state.

Both books are published by DIAMONDPAPER: https://diamondpaper.net/


Dates

September 11, 2017 | 7 p.m. | Launch of "A Field Guide to the Snowden Files"
A book published in conjunction with the SIGNALS project
feat. filmmaker Christoph Hochhäusler (GER) & other contributors
Buchhandlung Walther König an der Museumsinsel, Burgstraße 27, 10178 Berlin

September 12, 2017 | 6 p.m. | SIGNALS Exhibition opening
feat. artists Zeljko Blace (CRO), Stefan Tiron (ROU) & other artists of the exhibition

September 13, 2017 | 6 p.m. | Workshop
feat. activist Naomi Colvin (GBR) & artist/researcher Evan Light (CAN)

September 25, 2017 | 6 p.m. | Talk
feat. social critic Max Haiven (CAN) & culture theoretician Joseph Vogl (GER)

September 26, 2017 | 6 p.m. | Finissage
feat. performance by Sazae Bot (JPN);
talk by archivist Andrew Clement (CAN) & artist Simon Denny (NZL)

November 1, 2017 | 6 p.m. | Special closing performance
feat. art collective University of the Phoenix (CAN)

All events – except the book launch on Sept. 11 – will take place at DIAMONDPAPER Studio, Köpenicker Straße 96, Berlin.


Tweets

SIGNALS exhibition > please click and re-tweet:
https://twitter.com/berlinergazette/status/902466940857450496

SIGNALS reader > please click and re-tweet:
https://twitter.com/berlinergazette/status/871673242074968064

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For further info please visit https://berlinergazette.de/signals
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Es deutet sich eine dramatische Transformation an: IT-Anbieter verwalten all unsere Daten, wir oder andere geben sie ihnen. Staaten arbeiten mit den Firmen zusammen. So werden unsere Leben zusehends von IT-Anbietern abhängig und Netzwerkangehörigkeit und Staatsangehörigkeit werden tendenziell ununterscheidbar. Wie diese kaum nachvollziehbaren Prozesse funktionieren, legt Krystian Woznicki von der Berliner Gazette Redaktion dar.
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UN|COMMONS
The Fight For Common Wealth 
October 22-24 Workshops, Talks, Performances + Cooking
Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz  | Berlin

Water and food, data and networks, medicine and cultural assets: Who owns these resources? Who ought to? Who has access and whose access is denied? What is the value of these resources and how might they help or hinder us in overcoming the various crises of our times? Do we need rules, guidelines and agreements to govern use and access, and if so, what sort?

The Berliner Gazette and the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz invite you to discuss these urgent issues at the UN|COMMONS conference. The three-day event will focus on those resources that are being privatised or made inaccessible, but which could become common property in the future – commons that are as yet uncommon. In short: UN|COMMONS that challenge us, the people, to make a collective effort towards democratic and sustainable forms of human togetherness.

Tickets for all parts of the program cost 8 Euro and can be ordered/purchased via Volksbühne from September 1st. One exception: Only the workshops require registration by September 30 under the following email: info(at)berlinergazette.de. Fee: 50 Euro.

More information: http://berlinergazette.de/uncommons

Info in German: http://berlinergazette.de/deutsch/uncommons

Hope to see you! Spread the word!

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UN|COMMONS
The Fight For Common Wealth
October 22-24 Workshops, Talks, Performances + Cooking
Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz | Berlin
Program: http://berlinergazette.de/uncommons  -------------------------------------------------
Info auf Deutsch:
http://berlinergazette.de/deutsch/uncommons
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