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International Festival of Tactical Media


Amsterdam 11 - 14 September 2003

De Balie / Paradiso / Melkweg / Waag Society
NIM Montevideo / Imagine IC / SALTO


What is Next 5 Minutes?

Next 5 Minutes is a festival that brings together art, campaigns, 
experiments in media technology, and transcultural politics. Next 5 
Minutes revolves around the notion of tactical media, the fusion of 
art, politics and media. The festival is organised irregularly, when 
the urgency is felt to bring a new edition of the festival together.

How did this particular edition of the festival come about?

The fourth edition of the Next 5 Minutes festival is the result of a 
collaborative effort of a variety of organisations, initiatives and 
individuals dispersed world-wide. The program and content of the 
festival is prepared through a series of Tactical Media Labs (TMLs) 
organised locally in different cities around the globe. This series 
of Tactical Media Labs started on September 11, 2002 in Amsterdam and 
they continue internationally right up to the festival in September.
TMLs have been organised in: Amsterdam, Sydney, Cluj, Barcelona, 
Delhi, New York, Singapore, Birmingham, Nova Scotia, Berlin, Chicago, 
Portsmouth, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Dubrovnik, and Zanzibar.
The results of the various TMLs are published in a web journal, at:

What are the  main themes of N5M4?

The program of Next 5 Minutes 4 is structured along four core 
thematic threads, bringing together a host of projects and debates. 
These four thematic threads are:
"Deep Local", which explores the ambiguities of connecting 
essentially translocal media cultures with local contexts.
"The Disappearing of the Public" deals with the elusiveness of the 
public that tactical media necessarily needs to interface with, and 
considers new strategies for engaging with or redefining 'the public'.
"The Tactics of Appropriation" questions who is appropriating whom? 
Corporate, state, or terrorist actors all seem to have become 
effective media tacticians, is the battle for the screen therefore 
"The Tactical and the Technical" finally questions the deeply 
political nature of (media-)technology, and the role that the 
development of new media tools plays in defining, enabling and 
constraining its tactical use.

The festival explores a variety of forms and formats, from low-tech 
to high-tech, from seminars and debates to performances and urban 
interventions, screenings, installations as well as sound projects 
and live media, a pitching session, a tool builders fair and open 
unmoderated spaces. Defining for tactical media is not the medium 
itself, but the attitude towards media.



How can I find out more about the festival?

By reading on in this document, but also by consulting the website of 
the festival at: http://www.n5m.org
The site also contains a Frequently Asked Questions section that 
addresses many practical questions you may have.

Further information can be obtained from the festival office:



How can I reserve tickets?

You can only reserve day tickets and passe-partouts, which give 
access to all programs of the festival.

You can reserve tickets at: tickets@n5m.org

Ticket prices:

Day Ticket: 20 Euro

Passe-Partout: 35 Euro

These tickets offer access to all venues and events, including the 
evening programs.

Tickets for single programs are not sold, except for the evening 
performance programs.


How to get accommodation?

In the beginning of August we will publish details on how to find 
cheap and affordable accommodation close to the festival venues. 
Follow the link "Accommodation" on the front page of our web site 


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More information at:




Full Info:


Interfacing with the public ?
There is no public, but where are our publics ?

In more than one sense, the practices and promises of tactical media 
are tied up with the idea that in the last decades we have witnessed 
the disappearance of The Public. One big reason for this is the 
explosion of heterogeneous media and heterogeneous media practices, 
and the fact boundaries between media spaces have become increasingly 
porous (i.e. between media domains that are nationally and culturally 
distinct). Another reason is that the idea of " normal people ", on 
which the concept of The Public relied, has been thoroughly 
undermined, not in the least part because these people increasingly 
came and put themselves in the picture, aided by media. (Thus, the 
differences among various not so normal people can these days no 
longer be easily airbrushed out.)

Funnily enough, also for those media practitioners, artists and 
activists, who feel enthusiastic about the disappearance of The 
Public, the question of the public is no less acute ! In situated 
media interventions, the particularity of context tend to take the 
foreground, and precisely not a disembodied generality such as " The 
Public ". Here margins count as a resource rather than as constraint, 
and they can and should be celebrated as such. But when it comes to 
these kind of projects, the question of who exactly one is 
interfacing with often comes up as a pressing concern. A totally 
eclipsed public, that is, an empty hall, an empty street, or empty 
chairs, many have found out, is not an ideal situation either. And 
when the public " just doesn't get it ", we can't just dismiss the 
possibility that there may be a problem with the performance itself. 
And what if one ends up " not liking " one's public ? More 
importantly, a constructive picture of who or what one is trying to 
prompt with a given media intervention, remains totally crucial. 
While The Public has disappeared, we thus keep and should keep asking 
where/who/what is the public?

In working with that question, the issue of the " erosion " of the 
public domain, especially with the rise to dominance of commercial 
mass media, and, it should be added, after the disappearance of The 
Public, inevitably comes up. In this way, it is easy to get caught 
between excitement about the disappearance of The Public, puzzlement 
about appropriate publics, and resistance to the " erosion of the 
public domain ". But, that last diagnosis might also prompt us to go 
and look for the missing public, and try to conjure one up. The 
question thus is, what are the techniques and tactics available, and 
which should be developed, to make a public appear ?


   - Testimony and Witness
   - Tactical Cartography: Diagrams of Power
     (Visualising for the Public Eye)
   - Archives of Resistance
   - Critical Games
   - Urban Interventions

Urban Interventions

Where else to find the public than in the streets? The move of 
alternative and resistant media cultures out of the ghetto of the 
internet into the streets is a rather obvious one. The tactic is 
comparable to that of art moving beyond the museum and gallery space. 
Invariably, as soon as such media-interventions leave the relatively 
unfettered space of the net, or the sanctioned art spaces, and enter 
public urban space, they encounter an entirely new set of conflicts 
and constraints. Despite all these restrictions public urban space 
remains one of the ultimate social interfaces that we want to 
question and investigate at Next 5 Minutes 4.

- "Packing Geldershoofd" by Archeopteryx (Izhevsk)

The art group Archeopteryx from Izhevsk (Russia) proposes to execute 
their project PACKING on the blind fašade of one of the large 
High-rises of the Bijlmer district (Amsterdam South East), called 
"Geldershoofd". The high-rise will disappear within a few years as 
part of an urban restructuring plan. The original idea of the Package 
action was to mark 9-storey housing blocks (the traditional Russian 
standardised housing "boxes") in various Russian cities with giant 
painted protection labels, normally used on transport boxes. The 
traditional meaning of these labels is apparently projected onto the 
residents inside these "boxes", urging to protect the people inside: 

- "Escaping Oblivion" (Bus trip) / Tactical Tourism
   A bus trip to sites of contestation in and around Amsterdam

During its entire history the city of Amsterdam has been a place 
where lots of social, political, religious and cultural issues have 
been contested. Primarily aimed at our international guests, but also 
with the intention of informing a wider audience about the historical 
and cultural context in which the Next 5 Minutes originated, this bus 
trip takes you to a number off unusual or unexpected sites where the 
sometimes invisible past of Amsterdam will be resurrected.

- Mobile Transgenic Fast-Food Test Lab
  Critical Art Ensemble and Beatirz da Costa

- Aar Paar Project
Collaborative Public Art Project by Artists in India and Pakistan



Full info:


Globalisation is renowned for its de-localising effects, as 
trans-national business and policies erode local cultures and harness 
them for their own ends. But, far from extinguishing locality, 
globalisation as a process also invites the creation of new kinds of 
localness. "In this process of producing new localities the global is 
constantly being reformulated as a summary of singular new 
localities." The spread of telecenters, and urban digital culture 
projects are forceful examples of recent experiments in 
trans-locality. On the one hand, the adaptation of digital and other 
media to local contexts serve urgent needs : here it is decided among 
others who will and will not participate in digital cultures and in 
what ways. But these projects also provide opportunities to unearth 
fixed assumptions, and propose forms of situated activism and 
embedded innovation, as opposed to lab-based forms of "research and 


   - New Landscapes for New Media
   - Language
   - Enduring Post Communism: Networks of Patronage
   - Laboratory Italy
   - Bodies of Globalisation
     (Global AIDS activism and the multitudes)
   - Freedom of movement == Freedom of information?



Full info:


>From its earliest articulations, tactical media practitioners have 
always recognised "appropriation" as one of the prime constitutive 
elements of the tactical. From the re-purposing of the fruits of the 
consumer electronics industry,(exploiting video's forensic immediacy 
to institute a subject centred realism) through to later phases of 
new media tactics, as evinced by the work of groups like RTMark, and 
the practices of logo tinkering, and imposturing, blossoming on the 
Net. Thus rather than complaining about the speed with which our 
tactics are stolen it is time to recognise that tactical media has 
been in the appropriation game all along.

Indeed it is in the precise moment of appropriation that power
becomes momentarily visible. And here lies the opportunity for the 
balance of power to be re-defined, for the weak once again to turn 
the tables on the strong. Appropriation is the name of the game. The 
important question is who appropriates whom?

There are some who would rather seek solace in the belief that a new 
social movement is emerging from the formation of alliances between a 
multitude of heterogeneous critical groups and micro-movements. But 
those who believe that mass movements are immune from appropriation 
should observer the ease with which Chirac together with a coalition 
of EU member states have appropriated the mass peace demonstrations 
to legitimise their geo-political stance visa a vie America. The 
scope and logic of appropriation are infinite. Here as elsewhere 
power exists both where it is enacted and where it is being challenged

If appropriation is indeed one of the crucial operators of media 
politics, the question how that condition can be effectively 
addressed (rather than escaped from), is especially important. So we 
can ask questions like: in what ways are opposition politics these 
days constrained by logics of appropriation? and how can we conceive 
of appropriation as something that enables instead of threatens 
antagonistic politics?


   - Tactical Media in Crisis
     (Strategies for Tactical Media)
   - The Indymedia Debate
   - Uses and Abuses of the Language of Human Rights
   - Contestational Science
     (Reconfiguring Scientific Networks of Power)
   - Tactical Media from the "Dark Side"



Full info:


Increasingly the new right wing political movements in Europe and 
elsewhere have created their own tactical media. Adopting the same 
principles of resistant comments to main-stream politics, and as in 
the case of altermedia.info even the (web-)styling of indymedia and 
other open publication platforms, to involve the audience in their 
narrative and promote reactionary politics. In Amsterdam some 
conservative Muslim groups have been using the open public channels 
on the local cable system to distribute fundamentalist satellite 
television programs originating from the Middle East, camouflaged 
within the highly multi-cultural programming of the open channels on 
Amsterdam cable-TV. Is the "dark side" learning the tricks of the 
trade from the benevolent media tacticians? Are these tactics 
inherent to a specific form of politics?


   - Radio Space "wireless in your psyche"
   - Paper tactics and the Revenge of Print
   - Recuperating Video's Meaning
   - The Tactical Media Tool Builders Fair

The Tactical Media Tool Builders Fair

Next 5 Minutes 4 will host a mini-fair of tools developed by artists 
and activists, running continuously during the entire festival. At 
any time three or four projects will be presented simultaneously in 
the fair-space by the makers themselves who will be up for questions 
and discussion. The emphasis of the fair space will be focused 
primarily on streaming media, wireless media, open source publication 
tools and tactical gizmo's. However, also artists' devices that can 
be used by others and conceptual tools can be presented in the space.

Presentations rotate every few hours. An exact schedule of projects 
and presentation blocks will be published at the festival. Some of 
the areas covered by the fair include:

- Updates on Streaming Cultures

A meeting ground for tactical streaming media, artists, activist, 
net.audio, hybrid media experiments. The streaming media mini-fair is 
a follow-up to and update of the successful net.congestion festival, 
held in Amsterdam in October 2000 - What has changed since, where has 
the field moved after the commercial streaming industry collapsed and 
virtually disappeared?
See also the archive of net.congestion: http://net.congestion.org

- The Desire to be Wireless

A special focus area will be the domain of wireless media and the 
cultural forms that spawn from it. The technology of wireless 
networks has become democratised in many ways, nit just via cell 
phones. There are a number of projects that experiment with the 
possibility of using wireless networks to provide free access to the 
internet in public space (the so-called wireless commons). We wish to 
explore this terrain via a series of performances and experimental 
projects. Besides offering interesting avenues for artistic 
experimentation the wireless technologies also offer opportunities 
for new forms of low-cost mobile reporting, as well as to set up 
local networks in places where a 'wired' infrastructure is not 

- Open Source Publication Tools:

A host of open source publication tools have hit the gift-market, 
content management systems, on-line databases, weblogging software, 
schedulers, reporting tools, web zine tools, and even complete 
on-line video editing systems. A selection of some of the most 
noteworthy publication tools will be presented in this section.

- Tactical Gizmology

Beside software tools some activist have also focused on creating 
machines for tactical intervention work. IAA's pamphleteering robot 
and graffiti writer are famous examples of such tactical gizmo's, but 
also repurposed consumer electronics and robotics appliances allow 
for all kinds of unforeseen uses....



Next 5 Minutes 4 will host an extensive series of workshops that will 
focus in a more concentrated setting on various aspects of the 
overall festival program. The workshops will have a more practical 
and 'hands-on' character. The workshops will feed on the availability 
of a unique group of highly experienced practitioners and specialist 
brought together for the festival in Amsterdam from many different 
countries. The main workshop locations will be the Waag Society, 
Imagine IC (Amsterdam South East), the Artlab of Montevideo and a 
dedicated and fully equipped workshop space at the Melkweg. The 
workshops will start in the days prior to the festival and will 
extend for two days beyond the three main festival days, thus making 
available a full week for the workshop program.

The registration for workshops will be open for festival participants 
and audience, but is limited to a maximum number of participants. 
Where possible audience facilities will be made available for people 
who want to follow the workshops as listeners. At the 2000 
net.congestion festival we discovered that the interest for this 
possibility was surprisingly large.

The exact scheme of workshops including dates, themes and locations 
will be published well in advance of the festival.

Themes will include:
- Open Source Streaming Tools
- Multimedia Archiving & Databases
- Open Source Publication Platforms
- Digital Story Telling
- IPL for the Digital Domain and Censorship
- Hybridising Media (tactical combinations of radio, TV, internet & 
satellite technology)
- Wireless Media
- Satellite Technology
- Tactical Gizmology
- Contestational Robotics - IAA & Hakctivist
- TV Hacking - prepared with Kees Stad



Find people to work with!!!!

The pitching session is an attempt to create a place were media 
tacticians can find collaborators for whatever project they happen to 
be working on. A meeting ground where people can pitch conceptual, 
practical, technical, artistic or activist projects to find the 
expertise they are missing - the expertise that YOU are missing!!

Contact the production office in time for the pitching session. This 
will provide a unique opportunity for finding the collaborator you 
dearly missed, or the project you would love to work on, but you 
didn't know existed. Create your own solutions! Pitch at Next 5 
Minutes 4 and find your unknown other.....



At a few key-points in the program we will invite some of our most 
articulate guest to compete in making their urgent message heard in 
the frame of a three-minute each theory slam contest. Every 
contestant has to convey the urgency of whatever she / he has to say 
within the next three minutes after receiving the go: verbal 
gymnastics for tactical media theorists!



Next 5 Minutes 4 wishes to continue the tradition of bringing 
together extensive performance programs with radical art and media 
experiments that transcend the traditional contours of regular art 
and media production. In the spirit of the infamous Low-Tech Show of 
the previous edition and the very successful performance programs of 
the net.congestion festival, we want to invite performers from around 
the world that challenge the traditional frameworks of art and media 
production. Besides the four evening programs that are planned in the 
main festival locations (Paradiso, Melkweg, Balie), we are also 
looking for unconventional interventions into the public city space 
of Amsterdam (Urban Interventions).

The TML process has so far delivered a long list of performers from 
many different countries and regions even beyond the sites where the 
various TMLs were organised.

- A completely safe environment....

A completely safe environment is a co-production of De Balie and 
Paradiso, which is produced independently, but will be presented in 
the frame of the Next 5 Minutes festival.
The evening program is an ironic challenge to the current security 
mania that has seized public discourse not only in the United States 
but also increasingly in horrifically safe countries such as The 
Netherlands. For the evening a barrage of security equipment and 
procedures will be installed at the entrance of the Paradiso venue to 
ensure a perfectly tranquil environment inside. This completely safe 
environment will, however, be continuously scrutinised by various 
advanced surveillance and tracking technologies that are aimed at 
ensuring a perfect safety for such an environment. The project is an 
attempt to find out what is required to create such a perfectly safe 
space and turn this into a visceral experience for the visitor.

- Voicing Resistance: Hip Hop as Political Culture

A performance night devoted to Hip Hop as a site of resistance that 
has long left its roots in the North American urbania. The 
performance night will bring together musicians and collectives from 
the USA (Code Red), the Beta Bodega Coalition ř Latin America, 
Brazil, as well as from urban France, Amsterdam South East, and other 
contested environments.

- fem snd

Due to the heavy under-representation of women in electronic music 
and dj culture, the fem snd party will focus on the aspect of giving 
female artists the opportunity to perform their work. Male artists 
are also most welcome if their work contributes to the gender 

Another aspect of the party will be not to try to attract attention 
by big names but more by extraordinary quality. Particularly emphasis 
is placed on artists who besides doing their own artistic work, are 
also active in political contexts, and in building networks and 
platforms for other artists.

The focus is on experimental electronic club music looking for 
ground-breaking conceptual and technical innovations. Wherever 
possible we will take into consideration the role that electronic 
music played in triggering the economic aspects of the Net, and 
questions of copyright.

Further details of the program will be released on the web site in 
the coming weeks.



All three main festival locations (Balie, Melkweg, Paradiso) are 
equipped with superb screening facilities and spaces for film and 
video in various formats. For the festival special cinema programs 
will be compiled that will bring together experimental artistic 
productions, do-it-yourself documentaries, local media productions 
from around the globe, and political cinema. These thematic programs 
seek in part a connection with some of the thematic threads in the 
festival programs. We will also search for hybrid combinations of 
cinema and video screenings with some of the performance programs 
that will be part of the festival, including combinations of screened 
materials and live performance. Such hybrid combinations will be a 
special focus of the screening programs.

Show & Tell:

More important even than the formal screening programs of Next 5 
Minutes are the possibilities created for festival participants to 
show and exchange materials amongst themselves during the festival. 
Special informal screening spaces will be installed where impromptu 
one to one or one to few screenings can be arranged. Furthermore the 
TAZ spaces will all be equipped with screening facilities to enable 
impromptu group screenings.



The Media Library will be a permanent space in the festival that 
hosts a collection of media productions with a specific social, 
cultural or political agenda. Media of crisis, criticism and 
opposition. Media that provide an antidote to the world as we see it 
represented in mainstream media and current geopolitics. The Media 
Library can be accessed by any festival participant during the 

Next 5 Minutes has been putting out calls for such media productions 
widely, but the submission is still open. The productions that you 
will send to us will become part of the so-called media-library. 
After conclusion of the festival they will become part of the Next 5 
Minutes Visual Archive, which is kept at the International Institute 
for Social History in Amsterdam.

Contributions can be selected for special screenings  at the 
festival, for broadcasting on local cable TV and for broadband 
internet distribution, in which case specific permission will be 
asked from the maker. We will accept contributions on all carriers 
(SVHS, Betacam, cd-rom, miniDV, dvd, pal/ntsc/secam, 16mm, 35mm, 
etc.) (VHS welcome but not preferred).
Any length, any language.

More information is available via the production office (info@n5m.org)



Starting 3 weeks before the festival Next 5 Minutes TV will air twice 
per week a live studio program co-produced with SALTO the local 
Amsterdam TV organisation, with studio guest and hosted by Erik van 
der Schaft, director of SALTO. During this period media productions 
from the Media Library will be aired every night between 00.00 and 
02.00 hours on Amsterdam Cable TV.
During the festival itself Next 5 Minutes will generate an intensive 
program of live broadcasts from the Hybrid Media Studio,  interviews 
with festival guests, live broadcast from festival programs, and 
edited festival reports.



As in previous editions, Next 5 Minutes is more than an event for 
presentation and debate about media, it is also an event where a lot 
of media-output is produced on site. The nerve centre of the media 
production during N5M4 will be the Hybrid Media Studio. The concept 
takes the fusion of different media-forms within a hybridised digital 
media network as its starting point. Radio, television, internet, 
wireless transmission, satellite and other forms of electronic media 
production continue to exist in their own right, but they are also 
more and more often combined into expanded media formats that involve 
two or more media at once. The Hybrid Media Studio brings these 
different media-forms together in one space, and connects them to all 
available media-infrastructures. Amsterdam offers unique 
possibilities for non-commercial free media programming on local TV 
and radio, as well as various web-casting facilities. From the Hybrid 
Media Studio continuous live programming will be fed to local media 
outlets, to international (satellite-) outlets, to national 
broadcasting organisations, and to local media partners in other 
cities in the world. What makes the studio hybrid is its trans-genre 
approach, and its trans-local distribution.



An element first introduced in the third edition of Next 5 Minutes in 
1999 that we wish to foreground more are the Tactical Autonomous 
Zones. These are un-programmed but fully equipped presentation spaces 
where participants can sign up themselves for a presentation. The 
idea is to create open zones in the festival for impromptu 
presentations and gatherings, spaces for contestation and difference. 
Registration for the TAZ is open to all festival participants and 
works on a first come first serve basis.

Proposals for the TAZ can be sent to the production office as of 
Monday July 21st, via: taz@n5m.org


A friendly post-festival networking environment

Next 5 Minutes is always over-programmed because of the urgency of a 
multitude of concerns that characterise a world in permanent crisis. 
What is lost is the space for informal encounter and exchange of 
ideas, and the time to create new coalitions for the future. Since 
for logistical budgetary and many other reasons it is impossible to 
resolve the desire for such a less pressured environment within the 
festival, we have created a post-festival meeting place and work 
environment, ideally suited for working sessions and networking 
meetings. The location of this meeting is the artist-run imitative 
"Het Buitenland" just outside the city of Amsterdam, which includes a 
small camping site.

The site of Het Buitenland will be equipped with basic networking 
facilities as well as meeting rooms and other requirements. The main 
function of this post-festival meeting is to set-up new co-operative 
projects, start longer term working relations and develop new 
collaborative networks between festival participants. Further 
information on the meeting will be posted on the announcement list of 
Next 5 Minutes, the web site and are available through the production 



Next 5 Minutes 4 Production Office:

c/o De Balie
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel. +31.20.55 35 171
Fax. +31.20.55 35 155
e-mail: info@n5m.org

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