[NetBehaviour] The Net as an Artwork @ Transmediale.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jan 29 16:41:45 CET 2007

The Net as an Artwork @ Transmediale.

Presentation of the book: Networking | The Net as an Artwork
@ Transmediale, Sunday 4/2, 16:00, Salon
Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, D

moderated by: Diana McCarty [de]
with Tatiana Bazzichelli [it/de], Jaromil [it/nl], Gaia Novati [it/de]

Networking | The Net as an Artwork
Written by Tatiana Bazzichelli, with the preface of Derrick De Kerckhove 
and the epilogue of the Italian videoartist Simonetta Fadda.

The book represents a first tentative to write a comprehensive history 
of both analog and digital subcultural networked art in Italy, through 
an analysis of the realities which during the past twenty years have 
given way to a creative, shared and aware use of technologies - such as 
Mail Art, Neoism, the Luther Blissett project, BBS culture, Telestreets, 
and many other subcultural movements and networks.

The Italian network proposes a form of critical information, diffused 
through independent and collective projects. Active in underground 
environments, they use diverse media (computers, video, television, 
radio and magazines) and deal with technological experimentation, or 
hacktivism, depending on the terminology used in Italy, where the 
political component is a central theme.

The book describes how in Italian subculture there was never a divide 
between artistic and political activism, covering the evolution of the 
Italian net culture from the Eighties till today. The book shelds light 
onto the affinity of 1980s Mail Art manifesto to post-1990s Internet 
culture, up to its terminology of artists as "network operators" and art 
as a "network-web", the political redefinition of the term "Cyberpunk" 
in early 1990s in Italy, the mutation of Cyberfeminism into Netporn 
activism, and presents the works of many artists and activists, such as 
0100101110101101.ORG, [epidemiC], Jaromil, Giacomo Verde, Giovanotti 
Mondani Meccanici, Correnti Magnetiche, Candida TV, Tommaso Tozzi, 
Federico Bucalossi, Massimo Contrasto, Mariano Equizzi, Pigreca, 
Molleindustria, Guerriglia Marketing, Sexyshock, Phag Off and many others.

Networking | The Net as an Artwork, is printed on paper (Costa & Nolan 
publisher, Milan, Novembrer 2006, pag. 336), but it is also available 
online under:
http://www.networkingart.eu (Creative Commons License)
ENG: http://www.networkingart.eu/download_eng.html


Diana McCarty [de]
moderates: "The Net as an Artwork"
Diana McCarty lives and works in Berlin. She is a co-founder of bootlab 
and co-initiated the open source radio project, reboot.fm. She is an 
active member of the Free Cultural Radio Network, Radia.FM. Together 
with Valie Djordjevic, Kathy Rae Huffman and Ushi Reiter, she runs the 
Faces mailing list for women in media. As part of the International 
Women's University server development team, she worked with Seda Gürses, 
Barbara Schelkle, Prof. Heidi Schelhowe, and Heiki Pisch - and also 
worked to develop feminist pedagogical approaches to computing. In the 
mid-nineties, McCarty co-founded the Nettime Mailing list and as part of 
the Media Research Foundation, she co-organized the MetaForum Conference 
Series in Budapest. Her main interests are exploiting social and 
technological systems for cultural use; i.e. piracy and open source 
software development for real life.

Tatiana Bazzichelli [it/de]
Tatiana Bazzichelli a.k.a. T_Bazz (Rome, 1974), is a Communication 
Sociologist and an expert in Media Art, Hacktivism and Net Culture. She 
gave a dissertation on Italian interactive digital art at the University 
la Sapienza in Rome (1999). Towards the end of the 1990's she organized 
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). She is the founder of Activism-Hacking-Artivism, a networking 
project started in 2001 in Rome and based in Berlin since 2003 
<www.ecn.org/aha>. She manages the aha at ecn.org mailing list regarding 
artistic activism and writes of art, media and new creative trends for 
many Italian magazines.

Jaromil [it/nl]
Jaromil is a hacker and author of various free software applications 
(GNU/Linux/BSD), known as an artist for his performances and creations, 
as well as activist for his social concerns and radical way of life.
Online since 1994, he co-founded the italian non-profit association 
Metro Olografix for the diffusion of telematic cultures.
Later he gave birth to the dyne.org foundation: creating software for 
the freedom of expression, to let people communicate free from 
capitalist speculations and expensive hardware.

Gaia Novati [it/de]
Gaia Novati is involved since many years in the Italian queer 
countercultural movement. She has worked with radio and visual media 
projects. Co-founder of Sexyshock, communication laboratory on gender 
theme and first sex-shop managed by women in Italy 
<www.ecn.org/sexyshock>, she is interested since long in independent 
pornography. She is one of the organizers of Cum2Cut, 
Indie-Porn-Short-Movies Festival in Berlin, where she lives since 2006.


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