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   CFP: The Life of Mobile Data Conference                                         
     Sean Smith <s.a.smith {AT} surrey.ac.uk>                                             

   24/7 project in vilnius                                                         
     "raimundas  m" <raimay {AT} hotmail.com>                                             

   DoP Bangalore: Local knowledge: design & innovation                             
     John Thackara <john {AT} doorsofperception.com> (by way of Andreas Broeckmann)       

   window installation "=?ISO-8859-1?Q?terror=2Egov=22?= in Los Angeles            
     Oliver Ressler <oliver.ressler {AT} chello.at>                                       

   PRESS  - [R]-[R]-[F] Festival                                                   
     "[R]-[R]-[F]- Festival" <agricola-w {AT} netcologne.de>                              

   ATC Monday 7:30pm: Mark Hansen                                                  
     Ken Goldberg <goldberg {AT} ieor.berkeley.edu>                                       

   "WE INTERRUPT THIS EMPIRE..." (video screenings)                                
     "geert lovink" <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>                                                

   For Nettime, if you feel it is appropriate                                      
     Douglas Rushkoff <rushkoff {AT} well.com>                                            

   bootlab berlin > attachment 1                                                   
     "kobe matthys" <kobe.matthys {AT} agency-computer.com> (by way of pit schultz <pit {AT} ic


Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 23:14:01 +0100
From: Sean Smith <s.a.smith {AT} surrey.ac.uk>
Subject: CFP: The Life of Mobile Data Conference

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[apologies for cross-posting. please forward to interested parties as 

The Life of Mobile Data:
Technology, Mobility and Data Subjectivity

April 15  16, 2004
University of Surrey, England

The rapid adoption and diffusion of mobile devices over the past decade has 
transformed the way information is generated, organized and communicated 
about individuals and their lives. The construction of new mobile data 
profiles and of mobile, informatic selves, hold the potential to transform 
what is organizationally and interpersonally meant by privacy, 
individuality, community, risk, trust, and reciprocity in a mobilizing, and 
globalizing world.

In order to examine these transformations, the RIS:OME project at the 
University of Surrey is hosting an international, interdisciplinary 
conference to address emerging social and cultural relations of mobility, 
privacy, identity, information and communication. This conference will 
bring together academic, industry and policy researchers and practitioners 
to critically address how mobile information and communications 
technologies structure relations of privacy, security, trust, power, 
identity and difference.

There are a number of questions that inform the themes of the conference. 
In what ways, for example, do mobiles reconfigure the relations of trust, 
risk, privacy and reciprocity embedded in organizational and interpersonal 
data sharing? In what ways do mobiles contribute to the construction of 
identity and of the 'information self'? What is the relationship between 
mobile data and the individual? Who owns and controls the emerging, 
individualized mobile data image? What roles do consumption and consumerism 
play in the social relations of privacy, trust and security? Is the 
development of mobile technologies associated with emerging relations of 
risk, uncertainty and privatisation?

What social, cultural and regulatory factors have influenced the generation 
of mobile data in different countries? How do these factors influence 
culturally specific understandings and practices of globalized and 
transnational privacy, risk and trust? Are regimes of information sharing 
and data protection patterned along axes of development and 
underdevelopment? What roles do national differences and political 
economies play in the construction of emerging mobile data relations? How 
are politics reconfigured within and between countries via mobile data 
technologies and changing mobilities?

What critical approaches can be brought to bear on our understanding of 
diversity, difference and resistance in the generation of mobile data? How 
can we account for the rapid uptake of mobile devices, and the development 
of mobile data sharing, both now and in the future?

We seek to bring critical perspectives to bear on the development and 
widespread uptake of mobile technologies and developments in information 
sharing and data profiling over the last decade. The conference organizers 
thus invite papers presenting empirically grounded and theoretically 
informed analyses of the social changes that mobile technologies and their 
data relations have brought about. Suggested themes could include, but are 
by no means limited to:

- - risk, trust and power in mobile information ownership, control, access 
and management
- - culturally specific patterns of informational trust and privacy
- - organizational structuring of mobile information paradigms
- - data subjectivity and the construction of identity through mobile 
- - mobile communications and emerging regulatory environments
- - privacy enhancing technologies, their problems, paradoxes and possibilities
- - privacy advocacy in the mobile environment
- - organizational and interpersonal information sharing
- - the lifecycle of mobile personal data: its generation, integration, 
profiling and mining
- - mobile surveillance, security and globalization
- - mobile data protection, data subjectivity and knowledge
- - information gathering and social memory

Papers and panels are invited that address the conference themes.
Submission of Abstracts: 500 to 700 words, 31st Oct 2003
Notification of acceptance of papers: 15th Dec 2003
Registration Deadline: 30th Jan 2004

For further information, please contact the conference organizers:
  Dr Nicola Green <n.green {AT} surrey.ac.uk>,
Sean Smith <s.a.smith {AT} surrey.ac.uk>.

  With the support of Intel Corporation, and the Department of Sociology at 
the University of Surrey.
Paper length: 20 minutes. Panel presentations encouraged.

Dr. Sean Smith
Research Fellow, Mobile Technologies,
Department of Sociology,
University of Surrey.
ph: +44 (0)1483 686 966
m:  +44 (0)7786 511 042

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Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 01:28:38 +0200
From: "raimundas  m" <raimay {AT} hotmail.com>
Subject: 24/7 project in vilnius

24/7: Wilno - Nueva York 

Project dates: September 12 -­ November 2, 2003
Venue: Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius www.cac.lt

A journey through shortcuts and detours of translocal living via
creative resistance : individual survival techniques : sustainable
communities : transcultural drifts : intergalactic links :
synchronicities : street: unreal time : speed of light : remote
collaborations : floating places : self-publishing : identities in flux

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS (as for 22 08 03):

Live: situations, performances, transmissions, seminars by

16 Beaver Street Group, Kate Armstrong, Otto Berchem, Bik Van der Pol,
Daniel Bozhkov, Bureau of Inverse Technology, Phil Collins, Jose Cruz,
Rainer Ganahl, Hope Ginsburg, Natalie Jeremijenko, Matthew Keegan, Jouke
Kleerebezem, Will Kwan, Matthieu Laurette, M&M Proyectos, Darius Miksys,
Jesus Cruz Negron, Parlour Projects, Arturas Raila, Martha Rosler,
Beatriz Santiago, Tino Sehgal, Chemi Rosado Seijo, Hanno Soans,
Temporary Services, Valie Export Society

Screens and projections by

Sonia Abian, Derrick Adams, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Sven
Augustijnen, Anita Di Bianco, Pierre Bismuth, Michael Blum, Francois
Bucher, Karin Campbell, Forcefield with Happy Banana, Johan Grimonprez,
Leon Grodski, Arunas Gudaitis, Tehching Hsieh, Emily Jacir, Paul Ramirez
Jonas, Isaac Julien, Jesal Kapadia, M&M Proyectos, Gintaras
Makarevicius, Dave McKenzie, Jonas Mekas, John Menick, Aleksandra Mir,
Muntadas, Laurel Nakadate, Hayley Newman, Jeanine Oleson, Laura Parnes,
Jenny Perlin, Cesare Pietroiusti, Adrian Piper, Radical Software Group,
Reverend Billy, Emily Roysdon, Eran Schaerf & Eva Meyer, Wael Shawky,
Sean Snyder, Javier Tellez, Tepeyac, Valerie Tevere, Alex Villar, Andy

Documents, installations, databases by

Rich Aldrich, Brian Bellot, Melissa Brown, Yane Calovski, Mariana
Deball, Stephanie Diamond, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Patrick Killoran,
Jeroen Kooijmans,  Dainius Liskevicius, Jonathan Monk, Nomads &
Residents, Michael Rakowitz, Lisi Raskin, Karin Sander, Igor Savchenko,
Trebor Scholz, Alma Skersyte, Sandra Straukaite, Mario Garcia Torres,
Oscar Tuazon, Roger Welch, Judi Werthein, Inga Zimprich, Carey Young,

Curators: Kestutis Kuizinas and Raimundas Malasauskas


The program (or vision) of the project is under a constant upgrade which
is open. There is a hope that it will remain as such after the actual
24/7 exhibition at the CAC Vilnius is technically over. The following
bits and pieces from the flow ideas are just multiple arrival/departure
points to start or keep the conversation going. The project is conceived
as an interface for different orders, rules and frameworks to interact
together, drifting across the subjects with no central theme or
principle attached. Yet all the concerns involved in the project are
life-minded. There is never enough of diversity.

Your comments or remixes of the concept are more than welcome.

24 / 7

Twenty hours seven days a week: this is the way the grocery store or the
surveillance camera on the corner of the street works, this is how life
sustaining (-ed) art practice functions in order to keep the survival.
This is how the 24/7 project is intended to develop: to interact with
myriads of flows and actions happening simultaneously, a continuous
inventions of new ways of living and difference-friendly environments,
rapid merge of identities and constant struggle which introduces new
mutations in the urban evolution (­ things that happen all the time, but
are noticed occasionally.)
24/7: Vilnius is intended to immerse into reality and leave traces which
could perhaps be identified only later. Or to put it into other words
this is where the linking effort focused:

Individual and collective techniques and strategies of living / survival
/ resistance to the power structures;

Art as a tool of: learning, communicating, experiencing, living;

Communal activities and ways of living / creating together via hi-tech
technologies as well as low-key actions;

Chance and programmed encounters / confrontations;

Artist as a self-media outside of academic and institutional

Mapping the invisible flows of exchanges and objects;

Simultaneities, synchronicities and complexities;

Customised strategies and devices to inhabit public space;

25th HOUR

The notion of hours and days in a loop implies the 25th hour: as an
escape, fold, TAZ and break up from the loop


³The tourist industry is changing the real and imagined city and forms
of urban life to fit it needs. Even if you go to real places, there are
people who are reproducing packaged experiences for the visitor. Do the
real Amsterdam experience! All in one place! And it doesn¹t even have to
be in Amsterdam!² (Edward Soja)

Exactly, these slips have taken place even in books already: the title
of the new book by Adam Phillips is Prague, yet its plot develops in

24/7: Vilnius takes place in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. "Wilno"
is the way of referring to the city in Polish and Jiddish language, as
well as "Nueva York" is New York for Spanish speaking community. Thus
the loop of 24/7 is broken again, mixing up asynchronic temporalities
together with the perspectives of ethnic minorities.


This was the starting point of the project ­ to show the contemporary
art scene of New York City in Vilnius. However following Edvar Soja¹s
example of Amsterdam with a global migration in mind makes us to think
that one can be a part of NYC art scene even without ever encountering
USA immigration office. On the other hand being a part of New York art
scene does not mean that one is a part of the local art market. But
let¹s consider these are nuances.

Besides 200 languages being spoken here and the extremes of life NYC is
still the main meeting point, media capital and the most loaded
networking tool in the world. That¹s how we decided to approach it.
Drifting across NYC, traveling via customized channels of communication,
entering various networks and communities here, and exiting hem
somewhere else, maybe another part of the world. It is as if you take E
train which runs on the D track and takes a route of F train in NYC
underground. There are many points of transfer and entering another
story or a zone. To put it in other words this is where the linking
effort is focused:

Street life;

Remote collaborations; connecting as an artistic practice;

³Communicative and informational drift² (Jouke Klereebezem); hijacking
the media, alternative and parallel ways of communication;

Self-publishing: weblog culture;

Transcultural slips and rides;

Fluid identities and transpersonal realities,

Recycling and remixing culture;


City on the slip or city in sleep? Vilnius is going to accommodate the
24/7 project in September ­ November 2003. The name of the city in
Lithuanian language refers to notion of the wave, yet Neris river didn¹t
reach the scale of Pearl River, so it could feed the mega urban zones.
The capital of one of the former Soviet Union republics Vilnius is an
open field for the liberal democracy to interact with the heritage of
Communist planning. Yet before the major investments of global capital
has reached the city, a bronze monument for anarchomposer Frank Zappa
stood up in one of the squares as a homage for anarchy which never

24/7 is intended to intensify and densify the diversity of information
in Vilnius, however it is not about Vilnius ­ New York exchange: the two
cities are just two points of transfer.

The project as a linking and networking field

24/7: Vilnius is inspired by a field logic of sharing and
self-regulating: some of artists groups and initiatives are invited to
develop their own program in the project thus creating interzones where
transparent neighborhoods coexist without borders.

KEYWORDS that could have been above (to be continued):

WAR, excess of information, open source, creative life, drifting
concept, counterculture, nomadism, stock exchange, night shift,
subculture, illegal aliens, terrorism, hip-hop, transexuals,
surveillance systems, utopia, homeless, unemployed, etc.


Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 14:37:20 +0200
From: John Thackara <john {AT} doorsofperception.com> (by way of Andreas Broeckmann)
Subject: DoP Bangalore: Local knowledge: design & innovation

26 August 2003
For immediate release:
Doors of Perception in Bangalore

Doors of Perception announces a "working party" in Bangalore, India, 
on 11 and 12 December, to celebrate its tenth birthday. DoorsEast 
2003 is a cluster of events on the theme: "Local knowledge: design 
and innovation of tomorrow's services". The main event is a two-day 
international encounter - part conference, part open space workshop - 
on 11 and 12 December. It will address the question: "how do we 
design new services, enabled by ICT, that are based on local 
knowledge, and use local content?" DoorsEast features case studiesof 
location based information (GIS / GPS), WiFi networks, tools and 
methodologies for mapping local knowledge, and other new ways to 
design for mobility, geography, and access.

Doors' partners in the event are the Centre for Knowledge Societies 
(CKS) and the National Institute of Design, in India; and Interaction 
Design Institute Ivrea, and Nokia, in Europe. Presenters and 
participants include: grassroots innovators from India and South 
Asia; designers of future service scenarios from MediaLab, 
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, and others; Jussi Angesleva, the 
winner of Open Doors in 2002; Webby Award winner Marcel van der 
Drift; Derrick de Kerckhove, McCluhan Program director; Darlie O 
Koshy, Director, National Institute of Design in India; Open Doors 
peoples' choice Live|Work, from London; Ezio Manzini, Milan 
Polytechnic University; philosopher Patricia de Maertelare; 
e-democracy expert Bert Mulder; future services designers from Nokia; 
Jogi Panghaal, DoorsEast; Aditya Dev Sood, Center for Knowledge 
Societies, Bangalore; Marco Susani, Motorola; and symposiarch John 
Thackara, Doors of Perception.

John Thackara commented: "The first major industry, textiles, owed a 
great deal to the transfer of knowledge from India. Our focus in 
design is now shifting its focus from things, to systems, and there 
are many new ways we can learn from South Asian thought".


Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 18:08:06 +0200
From: Oliver Ressler <oliver.ressler {AT} chello.at>
Subject: window installation "=?ISO-8859-1?Q?terror=2Egov=22?= in Los Angeles

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window installation "terror.gov"
by Oliver Ressler & David Thorne

at Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles
825 N. La Cienega Blvd.

September 2 - 26, 2003

"Boom!" is a collaborative project of Oliver Ressler (Vienna, Austria) 
and David Thorne (Los Angeles, USA). The project consists of photo-text 
works in various media designed for flexible production and application 
in a range of display contexts. The project began as a series of banners 
for use in counter-globalization protests, and has also been displayed 
in art institutions and as "public art." The works in the series to date 
inject full-length statements into the traditionally short linguistic 
structure of the "url" to generate dysfunctional web addresses which 
examine the central contradictions of globalized capitalism. These urls 
evoke the recent economic boom as a persistent and spectral 
manifestation of the deepening crises of globalized capitalism, and 
suggest that "boom" should be understood not only as "expansion" 
(capital in search of return) but also as potential collapse or implosion.

The piece "terror.gov" was realized as an issue-specific intervention 
for a window installation at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles within the 
ongoing project "Boom!". "terror.gov" focuses on a present moment in the 
USA that could be called a "state of exception," a moment in which a 
discourse of terror seeks to foreclose - or suspend - certain kinds of 
political articulation, space and thought. Materially, this state of 
exception takes the form of directives, policies, and legislation which 
grant broad powers to the executive and the judiciary, and to 
intelligence, law enforcement, and other security apparatuses. In 
another sense, the state of exception has the effect of making 
contestatory modes of political engagement extremely difficult, since 
the discourse of terror relies on a rhetoric of potentiality or 
possibility (the potential of the unknown or the unpredictable, the 
possibility of future terrorist acts) in order to justify repressive 
measures and reciprocal acts of terror. In the name of security, 
"anything goes," and opposition to such measures is considered a kind of 
treachery. "terror.gov" suggests thinking toward a space of 
potentiality, or possibility, that is not always only the possibility of 
terror, from whatever source.

The url text of the piece reads (without spaces):

www. if only people would stay locked into the threat matrix and never 
stop to consider the fact that the scenario in which terror is met with 
terror on every front is dangerously and some might say deliriously 
circular then they would be immediately forthcoming with every penny 
necessary to sustain the burn rate for ongoing military and economic 
operations which secure a comfortable living for a select few and 
condemn everyone else to oblivion while still managing to convince them 
of the promise that such a comfortable life could one day be theirs even 
though they should simply be happy that at least there is more than 
enough terror to go around .gov

Another new work of "Boom!" will be realized in 2003 within the upcoming 
exhibition "Reassessing urban space: Conventions, regulations, and 
counter-movements in social urban space", Dunkers Kulturhus, 
Helsingborg, Sweden

Further information: http://www.ressler.at


Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 13:03:50 +0200
From: "[R]-[R]-[F]- Festival" <agricola-w {AT} netcologne.de>
Subject: PRESS  - [R]-[R]-[F] Festival 

[R]-[R]-[F] Festival - Version 1.0

review from 20 August 2003 on NEURAL.it

Feature on
Blogwork of ASAC of
50th Venice Biennale

[R]-[R]-[F] Festival - Version 1.0
is currently participating in

InteractivA '03 - Biennale for New Media Art
at Museum of Contemporary Art Merida (Yucatan/Mexico) www.macay.org
11 July - 28 September 2003

Short introduction
>From its structures, [R] - [R] - [F] - Festival is an
experimental New Media art project in form of an online festival created,
programmed and realized by Agricola de Cologne.
Its central subject, abbreviated in the capital letters of the title, is
"Remembering, Repressing, Forgetting".
A new way of art working is practiced: networking as artworking.
Experimental fields of memory are developed by inviting curators from
different countries around the globe, eg directors of media festivals or
curators specialized in New Media, who have to select a number of artists of
their choice according the terms of the project.
The dynamic of this ongoing and continously changing project,
as it is set up for being presented in festivals and media exhibitions,
manifests itself not only in the artistic online environment, especially
created for [R] - [R] - [F] - Festival, but also progressing when for each
new presentation a new project version is created, including new subject
related aspects, new curators and new artists and new visualizations of the
connected memory fields.
Continuously expanding, these memory fields containing curators
and artists of the previous project versions will be always present in the
background while slowly a networking universe of collective memory comes up.
The project uses the Internet not only as an artistic environment,
but primarily also as a communicating medium and a data base
which is closely connected to memory and loss of memory.

[R]-[R]-[F] Festival - Version 1.0
is the festival environment of
A Virtual Memorial -
Memorial project against the Forgetting and for Humanity

and corporate member of
[NewMediaArtProjectNetwork] :||cologne


Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 10:08:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ken Goldberg <goldberg {AT} ieor.berkeley.edu>
Subject: ATC Monday 7:30pm: Mark Hansen 


Listening Post: Rendering the evolving landscape of online public discourse
(or, a statistician, an artist and 200,000 complete strangers)

Mark Hansen
UCLA, Dept of Statistics

The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
Mon, 25 August, 7:30-9:30pm: UC Berkeley,
Location: 160 Kroeber Hall
All ATC Lectures are free and open to the public.

Listening Post, a collaboration between Hansen and NY artist Ben
Rubin, is an award winning multimedia art installation designed to
convey the magnitude and diversity of online communication.  Exhibited
at the Whitney Museum of American Art, December 2002 through March
2003, Listening Post provides a meaningful rendering of a massive data
stream consisting of thousands of simultaneous Internet-based
conversations. The visual centerpiece of Listening Post is a
suspended, curved grid of more than two hundred small screens. These
screens display fragments of text that are continuously gathered in
real time from unrestricted Internet chat rooms, bulletin boards and
other forums. The work is structured as a sequence of "scenes," each
of which organizes incoming communications according to different
statistical criteria. Mirroring the fluidity and dynamism of the
Internet itself, topics emerge and change from day to day, hour to
hour. A coordinated audio component underscores the content presented
on the screens, layering algorithmically generated musical
compositions with the vocalization of captured messages, spoken by a
text-to-speech system.

The technical challenges implied here are considerable; from "frugal"
monitoring agents that continually recognize and cull new content, to
statistical natural language processing and dynamic clustering schemes
that allow us to track topics and extract representative phrases. In
this talk, I will describe how our work has evolved, starting with our
early experiments with pure sonification of Web traffic. Hansen
will emphasize the interplay between data analysis and design, between
modeling and expression and end with their most recent project, a
public art commission involving a live data feed from Google's news

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Mark Hansen is currently Associate Professor of Statistics at UCLA,
where he also has an appointment in the Design|Media Art
Department. Previously he was a member of the Technical Staff in the
Statistics and Data Mining Research Department of Bell Laboratories.

Mark will give a related talk in the Neyman Seminar in Berkeley's
Statistics Department on Wednesday August 27, 4-5pm, in 1011 Evans.


The ATC Colloquium continues our partnership with the Berkeley Art
Museum to present online video of ATC talks, available both in
QuickTime (highlights) or MP3 audio.  For links and the full 2003-2004
series schedule, please see:



Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 15:23:24 +1000
From: "geert lovink" <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>
Subject: "WE INTERRUPT THIS EMPIRE..." (video screenings)

From: "a. mark liiv" <mark {AT} whisperedmedia.org>

The most talked about anti-war documentary returns to
play 4 consecutive screenings in the Bay Area:

"WE INTERRUPT THIS EMPIRE..." will be playing:

Saturday, August 23rd at 7pm - Admission $5
AK Press
674-A 23rd St, Oakland

Tuesday, August 26th at 9:15pm - Admission $5
The Parkway Theater
1934 Park Blvd, Oakland

Thursday, August 28th at 6pm, 8pm, 9:45pm - Admission $8
The Roxie Cinema
3117 16th Street, San Francisco

(6pm show possible benefit for Food First and the
Campesino efforts in Cancun. ... and various speakers
attending ... stay tuned to www.videoactivism.org for

Saturday, Sept. 6th at 8:30pm with OtherCinema
Artist's Television Access
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)


What happens when a trigger-happy cowboy with a pocket
full of loot aims his guns on an oil-rich, people-poor

The San Francisco Video Activist Network presents the
story you won't see on Fox News: an eye-popping,
jaw-dropping look at the Bay Area's radical resisitance
to an illegal war.

"We Interrupt This Empire..." is a collaborative work
by many of the Bay Area's independent video activists
which documents the direct actions that shut down the
financial district of San Francisco in the weeks following
the United States' invasion of Iraq. With the audio
backdrop including the live broadcasts of Enemy
Combatant Radio from the SF Independent Media Center to
SFPD's tactical communications that were picked up by
police scanners, the documentary takes a look at the diverse
show of resistance from the streets of San Francisco as
well as providing a critique of the coporate media
coverage of the war and exploring such issues as the
Military Industrial Complex, attacks on civil
liberties, and the United States' current imperialist drive.

For more information: http://videoactivism.org/empire.html
and stay tune for our soon to be announced European
tour including presentations at N5M4 festival:  www.n5m.org
in the Netherlands.


Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 18:14:08 -0400
From: Douglas Rushkoff <rushkoff {AT} well.com>
Subject: For Nettime, if you feel it is appropriate

The 5th Anniversary of the Media Ecology Association
A Celebration
Guest of Honor:  Neil Postman

7:30-10:00 PM on September 4th, 2003
at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, corner of Columbus Avenue
Leo Lowenstein Hall, 12th  Floor

Open to the Public

Moderated by Lance Strate, Fordham University

I.  In Memory of Walter J. Ong, SJ

II.  From God's Word to Holy War
A Panel Discussion on Media and Religion
Douglas Rushkoff, New York University
Eric McLuhan, University of Toronto
Paul Levinson, Fordham University
Ray Smith, Iona College
Cheryl Anne Casey, Sacred Heart University
Read Mercer Schuchardt, Marymount Manhattan College

III.  "And Now This:  A Media Ecology Video"
        by Margot Hardenbergh, Fordham University
        and Michael Grabowski, College of New Rochelle

IV.  Honoring Neil Postman:  A Special Presentation

V.  Reception


Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 18:11:59 +0200
From: "kobe matthys" <kobe.matthys {AT} agency-computer.com> (by way of pit schultz <pit {AT} icf.de>)
Subject: bootlab berlin > attachment 1


Attachment 1

Sonntag, 31. August, ab 18.00 / Sunday, August 31, at 6PM
Bootlab, Raum 3, Ziegelstr. 20, 10117 Berlin

- -18h. La Borde: Nicolas Philibert 'La moindre des choses' 1996, 105 min

- -19.30h. Kingsley Hall: Luke Fowler 'What You See Is Where You’re At' 2001,
30min (Englisch/english)

- - 20.00 SPK (Sozialistischen Patienten Kollektiv): SPK-Video 1997, 33 min,

- -21.00h Irren-Offensive, Berlin: "The Verdict of the Foucault Tribunal" von
Hagai Aviel ,1998 (Deutsch/german).

- -21.30h Weglaufhaus: 'Fluchtpunkt: Wirklichkeit' von Christina Mast, 1999

organisiert von / organised by Ariane Beyn und Kobe Matthys




"Attachment" (Anhang, Anfügung, Anlagerung, Anschluß, Bindung,
Beschlagnahmung, Beiwerk...) ist der Titel einer Veranstaltungsreihe im
Raum3, die der Dynamik und Qualität von selbst-organisierter Wissensaneignung
nachspüren will. Geplant sind Treffen mit verschiedenen Initiativen und
Selbst-Hilfe Gruppen, die jeweils eine alltägliche, praktische Fragestellung

Durch ähnliche Fragen bewegt zu sein, kann Menschen zur gemeinsamen
Lösungssuche stimulieren und dabei unterschiedliche Erfahrungen, Bedürfnisse
und Blickpunkte zum Einsatz kommen lassen. So gelingt es Gruppen, die aus
praktischer Problem-Lösungs-Hilfe heraus entstehen, ein auf ihren
Erfahrungen basierendes Wissen zu begründen, das die Kapazitäten des "Nutzers"
zur Selbst-Hilfe bestärkt. Aus den gewonnenen Kenntnissen ergeben sich breiter
gefächerte, neue Handlungs-Möglichkeiten und unabhängige 

Die Veranstaltungsreihe "attachment" unternimmt den Versuch, über das
Andocken an eine Fragestellung weitere Fragenfelder ins Blickfeld zu rücken.
Gleichzeitig soll ein Austausch über die vielfältigen Strategien, Wissen zu
konstituieren, eröffnet werden.

Die geplanten Treffen möchten zu einer (Selbst-)Betrachtung der
unterschiedlichen Weisen, einer Fragestellung "verbunden" zu sein, anregen.
(So wie die Mitglieder des Bootlab beispielsweise die Nutzung von Computern
betreffende Fragen verbinden.) Mit dem Begriff "attachment" soll die
Entstehung von befähigendem Wissen im Verhältnis zu Anlaß und treibender
Kraft der Aktivitäten einer Gruppe untersucht werden.


"Attachment" is a series of encounters with groups that are attached to a
common practical question. Being attached to the same question triggers
self-organizing processes of communication. People affected by a common
problem are set into motion to solve this problem together, bringing into
play their different backgrounds and points of view.

Groups that emerge out of practical problem-solving support constitute
empowering knowledges based on experiences. Those empowering knowledges
strengthen the user's capacities for self-help, while their newly gained
awareness opens up new opportunities for action.

This series is an attempt to get attached through the act of "being
attached". It is a way of exchanging experiences among various groups on the
different possibilities of constituting empowering knowledges.

The "attachment"-meetings encourage to (self-)reflect on the different types
of attachments of singular groups. In Bootlab for example people are
attached to questions related to the use of computers. By exploring
'attachments' we take a closer look at the articulation of empowering
knowledge in relation to the source of a group‘s action.


Attachment 1


Seit den 50er Jahre haben auf Selbst-Hilfe ausgerichtete Initiativen das
öffentliche, institutionelle psychiatrische Hilfeangebot für sogenannte
"Geisteskranke" herausgefordert. Ausgehend von bekannten Beispielen
alternativer Psychiatrien der 50/60/70er Jahre und von zwei aktuellen
Berliner Projekten soll die (Erfolgs?)Geschichte solcher Versuche
nachgezeichnet werden.


Groups attached to the question of 'mental health'-care challenge traditional
psychiatric approaches of 'mental health'. We invite people from two groups
in Berlin 'IrrenOffensive' and 'Weglaufhaus' and confront these with
initiatives in Paris 'La Borde', London 'Kingsley Hall' and Heidelberg 'SPK'.


la Borde


Die Clinique de la Borde in Cour-Cherverny, etwas südlich von Paris, wurde
1953 von dem Psychiater Jean Oury gegründet. Ourys Methode institutioneller
Psychiatrie setzt bei der Aufhebung der formalen Unterscheidung zwischen
Patient und Mitarbeitern an. Die Bewohner können sich in der Einrichtung
frei bewegen und beteiligen sich aktiv an der Instandhaltung des laufenden
Betriebs der Klinik. Ab 1955 arbeitete Felix Guattari gemeinsam mit Oury in La
Borde. Guattari betrieb dort die Recherchen für sein und G. Deleuzes Konzept
der "Schizoanalyse".

In "La moindre des choses" verfolgt der Dokumentarfilmer Nicolas Philibert
die Hochs und Tiefs während der Proben zu einer Theateraufführung der
Mitarbeiter und Bewohner von La Borde im Sommer 1995. Aufgeführt wird Witold
Gombrowiczs absurder Bühnentext "Operetta" (1966) über die Geschichte und
Revolutionen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Entlang der Vorbereitung zu diesem Ereignis
zeigt der Film das Leben in La Borde, die tägliche Routine, scheinbar
nebensächliche Details, die Einsamkeit und die Erschöpfung, Momente
allgemeiner Heiterkeit und die besondere Aufmerksamkeit, die sich die Bewohner
von La Borde gegenseitig schenken.


La clinique de la Borde in Cour-Cheverny, South of Paris, was founded in
1953 by the psychiatrist Jean Oury. La Borde proposes a new method of
"institutional psychiatry" with annuling the formal distinction between
patient and staff. Not only are the residents free to move in the facility,
they actively participate in running it. From 1955 on Felix Guattari
collaborated with Oury at La Borde and researched on his and G. Deleuzes
concept of "schizoanalysis".

In 'La moindre des choses' filmmaker Nicolas Philibert follows the ups and
downs of the rehearsals of a theatre performance by staff-members and
residents of La Borde in summer 1995. They are putting on stage Witold
Gombrowicz's grotesque dramatic text "Operetta" (1966) on the history and
revolutions of the 20th century. Along the preparation of the event the film
describes life at La Borde, the daily routine, seemingly insignificant
details, the loneliness and the fatigue, as well as moments of collective
merriment and the extreme attention all devote to one another.


Kingsley Hall


Kingsley Hall: In ihrem berühmten Buch 'Sanity, Madness and the Family'
(1964) führen Robert Laing und Aaron Esterson klinische Beweise dafür an, dass
einige Formen der Schizophrenie durch mangelnde Kommunikation innerhalb des
Systems Familie verursacht werden können. Das konventionelle
"Psychiater-Patient" Verhältnis habe versäumt, die sozialen Lebensumstände des
Patienten in Betracht zu ziehen. 1965 gründeten Laing und eine Gruppe von 20
psychiatrischen Patienten eine therapeutische Hausgemeinschaft, den Kingsley
Hall Therapeutic Center, in Londons East End. Das fünf Jahre dauernde
Projekt wird fälschlicherweise oft mit LSD-Therapie in Verbindung gebracht.
Laing gilt heute als einer der Begründer der Anti-Psychatrie Bewegung - ein
Begriff, den Laing zeitlebens ablehnte.

'What You See Is Where You’re At' (2001) von dem schottischen Künstler Luke
Fowler ist eine Kollage von historischem Filmmaterial aus dem R.D. Laing
Archiv der Glasgow University und aktuellen Interviews mit ehemaligen
Bewohnern von Kingsley Hall.


Kingsley Hall: With their book 'Sanity, Madness and the Family' (1964)
Robert Laing and Aaron Esterson provided clinical evidence that some
schizophrenia was caused by communication breakdown within the family system.
They argued that the 'psychiatrist-patient' relationship failed to consider
the 'patients' life-in-context. In 1965 Laing and a group of 20 psychiatric
patients initiated a therapeutic community household, the Kingsley Hall
Therapeutic Center in the East End of London - a clinical space within which
people could overcome psychotic breakdowns in a non-institutional context. The
five-year project is today wrongly connected with LSD Therapy, while Laing is
considered one of the founders of the anti-psychiatric movement. He was
especially opposed to the use of lobotomies, electro-shock therapy and the
dehumanizing effects of incarceration in psychiatric hospitals.

Scottish artist Luke Fowler's 'What You See Is Where You’re At' is a collage
of found footage from the Glasgow University R.D. Laing archive and
interviews with former residents. Fowler provides an inside-view of life at
Kingsley Hall Center.




SPK (Das Sozialistische Patientenkollektiv) : 1965 von Dr. Wolfgang Huber
von der Psychiatrischen Universitätsklinik Heidelberg initiiert. 1970 trat das
Kollektiv mit der ersten Patientenvollversammlung der Welt "pro Krankheit"
öffentlich als Sozialitisches Patientenkollektiv hervor und stellte alles
Bestehende in Frage, nicht zuletzt auc die Zustände in der Psychiatrischen
Poliklinik selbst. Nach Hungerstreiks, Besetzungen von Dienstzimmern und des
Rektorats, zahllosen Go-Ins, Sit-Ins und Teach-Ins ergingen Morddrohungen,
auch gegen Huber. Jean-Paul Sartre war "außerordentlich beeindruckt". Der
deutsche "Staatsschutz" war anderer Meinung. Fest steht: In den gerade mal
Monaten seiner umkämpften Existenz radikalisierte sich das
antipsychiatrisch-revolutionäre Kollektiv bis hin zur Bewaffnung, und nach
seinem Ende schlossen sich über ein Dutzend seiner Mitglieder dem
bewaffneten Kampf der "RAF" an, der in den folgenden Jahren die Republik
erschüttern sollte.

Das SPK-Video (1997) von KRANKHEIT IM RECHT / SPK führt die SPK-Aktionen in
Heidelberg in den 70er Jahren ein: in der psychiatrischen Poliklinik, in der
die Patienten Anfang 1970 die erste arztfreie Patientenvollversammlung der
Welt abhielten, das Verwaltungs-Direktionsgebäude der klinischen
Universitäts-Anstalten, in dem der Hungerstreik der Patienten Ende Februar
1970 stattfand, das Universitätsrektorat, das von den SPK-Patienten im Juli
1970 besetzt wurde usw.


SPK (Das Sozialistische Patientenkollektiv): initiated in 1965 by Dr.
Wolfgang Huber of the Psychiatric University Clinic of Heidelberg. In 1970 the
socialistic patients collective went public with the first patients "pro
illness" plenary meeting in the world. It questioned everything, also the
conditions in the policlinic. After hungerstrikes, occupations of the
director's office, numerous Go-Ins, Sit-Ins and Teach-Ins threats on Huber's
life. Unlike the German Police, Jean-Paul Satre was "very impressed". In the
17 months of its existence the collective got radical up to the point of
getting armed. After the end of the collective over a dozen of its members
joint the RAF.

The SPK-video (1997), published by KRANKHEIT IM RECHT /SPK introduces the
SPK's actions in Heidelberg in the 70ties: in the Psychiatric Polyclinic,
where the SPK patients held their first general assembly of patients and a
patients' congress, a self-organized plenum of patients; the administration
building of the university clinics, where the first hunger strike of the
patients took place at the end of February 1970; the office of the rector of
Heidelberg University, which was occupied by SPK patients in July 1970 etc.




"Irren-Offensive: Die Irren-Offensive e. V. (IO) 1980 gegründet und erste
selbstbestimmte und antipsychiatrische Initiative ehemaliger
Psychiatrie-Insassen. Das Psychiatrie-Beschwerdezentrum e. V. ein Verein der
Beratungen anbietet und Beschwerden aufnimmt. Es werden Rechtsanwälte
vermittelt. Diesen Begegnungsort benennen wir nach Werner Fuß, einem
bedeutenden Mitbegründer der Irren-Offensive. Werner wurde erst in seinem
34 Lebensjahr erlaubt, sich aus der Bevormundung zu befreien. Er nannte sich
selber "der Ausbrecherkönig der Psychiatrien" und war Gründungsmitglied der

"The Verdict of the Foucault Tribunal" (1998), von Hagai Aviel, Vorsitzender
des Isreali Association Against Psychiatric Assault. Die Irren-Offensive ist
Mit-Organisator des Foucault-Tribunal, gemeinsam mit der Freien Universität
Berlin und der Volksbühne Berlin, wo das viertägige Seminar zum aktuellen
Stand der Psychiatrie 1998 stattfand. Ankläger waren u.a. Thomas S. Szasz,
Gerburg Treusch-Dieter, Wolf-Dieter Narr.


"Irren-Offensive: (nuts-offensive) was founded in 1980 as the first
self-determined and anti-psychiatric initiative of former psychiatry
inmates. The Psychiatrie-Beschwerdezentrum e. V. (center for psychiatry
complaints) is an organization that offers advisory service, accepts
complaints and connects people with laywers. The meeting center is named after
Werner Fuß, an important member and co-founder of the Irren-Offensive. Only
with 34 years Werner was freed from paternalism and he later referred to
himself as "king of breaking out of psychiatries".

"The Verdict of the Foucault Tribunal" (1998), from Hagai Aviel, Chairperson
of Isreali Association Against Psychiatric Assault. The Irren-Offensive is
co-organizer of the "Foucault-Tribunal" together with Freie Universität,
Berlin and Volksbühne, Berlin, where the four-day seminar on the state of
psychiatry took place in 1998. "Prosecutors" were Thomas S. Szasz, Gerburg
Treusch-Dieter, Wolf-Dieter Narr and others.




Weglaufhaus: Das Weglaufhaus in Berlin-Frohnau »Villa Stöckle« ist ein
antipsychiatrisch orientiertes Wohnprojekt, das wohungslosen oder akut von
Wohnungslosigkeit bedrohten psychiatriebetroffenen Menschen die Möglichkeit
bietet, sich dem psychiatrischen System zu entziehen und ihr Leben wieder in
die eigenen Hände zu nehmen. Träger und Initiator des Projekts ist der
Verein zum Schutz vor psychiatrischer Gewalt e.V.. Seit 1982 engagierte sich
die Sozialpädagogin und mehrmalige "Psychatrie-Insassin" Tina Stöckle für die
Idee des Weglaufhauses. Ihr zu Ehren trägt das Weglaufhaus den Namen »Villa

In ihrem Film "Fluchtpunkt: Wirklichkeit" (1999) begleitet die
Dokumentarfilmerin Christine Mast die Bewohner des "Weglaufhaus" über einen
längeren Zeitraum bei ihrer gemeinsamen Alltagsroutine, beim Kochen, Putzen
und Einkaufen. Dabei führt sie zahlreiche Gespräche mit Bewohnern und
Mitarbeitern des Hauses.


Weglaufhaus: Das Weglaufhaus (run-away house) in Berlin-Frohnau, at "Villa
Stöckle", is a anti-psychiatric oriented living-project. It gives homeless
and people threatened to lose their homes, who are psychiatry-affected, the
possibility to leave the psychatric system and to take their lives into
their own hands again. Operator and Initiator of the project is the Verein zum
Schutz vor psychiatrischer Gewalt e.V. (organization for protection from
psychiatric violence). Since 1982 social-pedagogue Tina Stöckle engaged
herself for the idea of the Weglaufhaus. To honor her the house in Berlin was
named "Villa Stöckle".

In the documentary film "Fluchtpunkt: Wirklichkeit" (vanishing point:
reality) filmmaker Christine Mast accompanies the residents of the Weglaufhaus
during their daily activities of cooking, cleaning, shopping and approaches
their lives in several conversations with residents and staff members.



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