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HACK.IT.ART - Hacktivism in the context of Art and Media in Italy logo, courtesy of Tatiana Bazzichelli

After the event Democracy and Telestreet last July (2004) in Münich, Germany, one can now view a new edition of Hactivism in the Context of Art and Media in Italy: from January 14 till February 27 at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. HACKTIVISTS, sick and tired of being recognised as crackers (intruders of Computer Systems), aim to provide an insight into the world of Hacktivism, describing it as a synergy between hacking, activism, technology, political action and artistic production. According to the philosophy of Joseph Beuys (member of the neo-Dada group Fluxus during the early 1960s) art is the main element governing our existence and our actions. Politics is art in the sense that it frees all creative expressions. He claimed that the artistic process was more important than the final result, considering political activism, teaching, sharing ideas and confrontation as part of the process of making a piece of art. He believed everyone is an artist as long as one develops the content of their specific environment. The main objectives of are to share knowledge and means in the technological, political and artistic context of Italy and Germany. Its aim is to give an insight into activities that have increased since the 80s and create a network of artists, communities and activists that all fight for the freedom of information on the net and free access to that information. It is against untrue and forced information and also the exploitation of unaffordable, expensive technologies instead it aims to use media openly and independently (i.e. video, computer, radio and written text).

"Get your radio kit in a bag and say yours on TV on Superfactory Channel". Anyone can make his pirate radio station with his own MHz-frequency and broadcast his own radio show with Superfactory; the Pi-radio & Displaced Dilemma at the opening of the event will launch this project. That same night there will be a video projection from Phag off and music from DJ queer - a project that deals with sexual difference topics. The exhibition explores four different hactivists' themes related to gender, frequency, code and reality. In the room designed for hack-reality there is 'Inconsapevoli Macchine Poetiche', an installation by Giacomo Verde, who has created, a space dedicated to events and experiences between utopia believers. In the gender theme is represented by the ultimate female sex shop run by women for women: Action pink e Sexyshock by the artist group Betty. This is not designed to be an ultimate, erotic experience but a virtual netspace where women can talk about topics concerning women problems, security, work injustice and prostitution., the network of street TV stations, will showcase gigs of different street TV productions. An overview of this new Italian phenomenon is to describe it as the emerging of alternative TV which broadcasts real TV against the brainwashing created by the official media communication in Italy. A workshop will instruct the public on how to build a street TV.In the same premises of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien there will also be two other groups of exhibitions taking place, exploring the strategies of art and politics: Disobedience (video station of civil disorder) and Kurd On The Map (a cultural identity map in Europe).

One of the panels discussing the present and the future of hactivism takes place on February 8th. One of the hosts is Tommaso Tozzi, who also believes that whoever participates in the process of open art (creation, manipulation and diffusion of digital information) will be part of a creative contamination net which will create an artistic event simply through one's spontaneous actions.

Text: Marzia Belvisi

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