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Event: Artistic activism

The event Media Democracy and Telestreet, taking place in Munich in the Muffathalle from July 14-16 2004, will provide an insight into the free and independent communication, which is developing in Italian neighbourhoods opposed to Berlusconi's Media monopoly. The event deals with the role of media art in Italy and explores the means of artistic activism. The emerging arts and the cultural scene are committed to dissolving the disciplinary boundaries between film, street theatre, net art and internet. There will be three days of documentaries, projections, presentations, discussions and a one day conference sharing ideas, which convey a common believe that information is free, non-copyright communication, which should not be censored in any way.
In this project, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Alexandra Weltz, we see a network of independent TV stations, free Radio and media artists and hackers whose aim is to promote new forms of transeuropean networking collaboration. Italy has been experiencing a new phenomena for a few years: the emergence of illegal TV stations (stations without permission to broadcast under Italian TV law) such as Orfeo TV, Telefabbrica, and also independent TV as Candida TV, minimal TV and many others. All in all, there is a network of 200 TV stations, which broadcast clear and objective information and thereby provide an authentic alternative to the official brain-washing of media communication in Italy. On the first day, there will be the presentation of the DVD P2P-Fight Sharing, conceived of at the same time as the WSIS (World Summit of Information Society) in Geneva, by the group ' WSIS, We seize', who put together documentaries about activist practices worldwide.
Candida TV, which originates in the media underground and which featured at the International Media Art festival Transmediale 2004 Fly Utopia in Berlin, plans to invite people to create community TV and to show videos dealing with cultural issues and community news. For instance, the video America me senti ? (America can you hear me?), filmed by the Candida TV crew as a protest against globalisation, when Bush visited Rome. Another example is Free parade around Rebibbia jail complex whose motto was - We don't want to die or live in Prison -, a free parade protesting against the Prison as an institution for reforming criminals.
These works, downloadable from the NGV website (New Global Vision), which will present the ultimate video archive project during the conference, draw our attention to the high transparency of communication. This artistic production strategy uses new technology as a weapon in what one could describe as the Information War.

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