DATA Event 51.0

When: February 16th 2012 18:30 – 20:30

Location: Studios One and Two, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.

Cost: Free

  • Where corporate interests increasingly shape the ideology of free culture, what political possibilities are still available to artists?
  • How can we sustain an ethical cultural practice?
  • How might artists intervene in the market

Data 51.0 brings together an international selection of media artists and theorists, to explore the links between activism, art, and business. Where open source, hactivism and media art generally are still presented as ideologically opposed to the logics of information capitalism, the reality is that many hackerspaces receive corporate funding, open source platforms and user-generated content form the basis for many commercially orientated applications and much of the dominant media art of today is to varying degrees reliant on the financial trajectories of technological R&D. Rather than denying this relationship or refusing to engage with the corporation, we want to ask how artists and activists might use their position in the market and their creative tools to critique, disrupt, or even potentially reshape economic spaces from within. Speakers: Editor of Neural Alessandro Ludovico,and artist Paolo Cirio, creators of the Hacking Monopolism Trilogy: Google Will Eat Itself, and Face to Facebook, and artist/theorist Tatiana Bazzichelli, author of Networking: The Net as Artwork,

Tatiana Bazzichelli

Tatiana Bazzichelli is a researcher, networker and curator, working in the field of hacktivism and net culture. She is part of the transmediale festival team in Berlin. She received a Ph.D. in Information and Media Studies from Aarhus University (DK), conducting research on disruptive art practices in the business of social media (title: Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking). 
She is the author of Networking. La rete come arte | The Net as Artwork book published in December 2006 by Costa & Nolan, Milan. She is founder of the networking project AHA:Activism-Hacking-Artivism (2001), which won the Honorary Mention for the Digital Communities category at the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 2007. She founded the mailing-list regarding artistic activism and net culture in Italy.


Paolo Cirio

Paolo Cirio has worked as a media artist in various fields: net art, street art, video art, public art, software art and experimental storytelling. He investigates perceptions and the creation of cultural, political and economic realities manipulated by modes of informational control. As well as his work with Alessandro Ludovico on the Hactivist Monopolism Trilogy, Cirio is also the developer of the P2P Gift Credit Card, a system for counterfeiting virtual money in order to reintroduce wealth distribution though a new visionary economic model. The project proposes an alternative economy based on peer-to-peer architectures for an equitable distribution of wealth. Other recent works include Drowning NYC which branded and promoted a firm that exploits sea level rise in NYC, Recombinant Fiction, a transmedia storytelling project through social networks, and Open Society Structures, which explores the notion of direct, participatory and processual democracy.


Alessandro Ludovico

Alessandro is a media critic and editor in chief of the highly respected Neural magazine from 1993. He is the author of several essays on digital culture, he co-edited ‘Mag.Net Reader’. He’s one of the founding contributors of the Nettime community, one of the founders of the Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers)’ organization and he teaches ‘Computer Art’ and ‘Interface Aesthetics’ at the Academy of Art in Carrara. He also collaborates with Paolo Cirio on artistic projects which have toured the world: Face to Facebook (Distinction Prix Ars Electronica 2011), GWEI – Google Will Eat Itself (Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica 2005, Rhizome Commission 2005, nomination Prix Transmediale 2006) and Amazon Noir (1st prize Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2007, Honorary Mention Share Prize 2007).

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This event is funded by the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTVR) and Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.