DISOBEDIENCE

an ongoingvideo archive

a project by Marco Scotini

 

Participants

Artists, filmmakers, philosophers, activists.

 

A

AIRE (Accion Informativa en Resistencia)

Alterazioni Video

Atelier D’Architecture Autogerèe

Dario Azzellini

C

Canal 6 de Julio

Jota Castro

CAT group

Critical Art Ensemble

Margit Czenki

E

EAT (Expropriation Art’s Territories)

Etcetera

Marcelo Expósito

F

Harun Farocky

G

Ronith Gitelman

Alberto Grifi

Grupo de Arte Callejero

Grupo Suma

Guerrillavision

H

Huit Facettes

Asheley Hunt

I

Indymedia.org

Andres Ingoglia

I

Patrick Jean

L

La Comunitaria TV

Josè Ignacio Lezcano

Raphael Lyon

M

Juan Pablo Macias

Thierry Michel

Gianni Motti

N

Network Nomadic Architecture

O

Oda Projesi

R

Radek Community

Oliver Ressler

Dom Rotheroe

Paula Roush (msdm)

Jean-Jaques Rousseau

S

Paola Salerno

Mariette Schiltz

Joaquin Segura

Showdown in Seattle

Hito Steyerl

streetRec

T

The Department of Space and Land Reclamation

The Yes Men

Bert Theis

U

Ultra – Red

Andrei Ujica

V

Dmitry Vilensky

Paolo Virno

Visual City Virus

W

Peter Watkins

Wayruro

Alterazioni Video

Alterazioni Video is a five people network collective based in Milan and New York. They operate through works-in-progress and site-specific installations. Alterazioni Video was founded in 2004 by Paololuca Barbieri Marchi and Alberto Caffarelli as an actions network, a project of intentional miscommunication. A year later the group was completed with the addition of Andrea Masu, Giacomo Porfiri and Matteo Erenbourg. Alterazioni Video develop ways to revise the boundaries between truth and representation, between legal and illegal; in their words: ''we test strategies and situations that insinuate reality and take risk, we elaborate parallel networks and deform the conventional views''. This interference is made with the help of software platforms and tools which discuss the separation between art and science, and foster synergies among a host of other disciplines. Alterazioni Video is a five people network collective based in Milan and New York. They operate through works-in-progress and site-specific installations. As a collective, Alterazioni Video includes people from diverse backgrounds, fine art, computer programming, film & video and music. Their skill is in the unconventional uses of new-media technologies.

Atelier D’Architecture Autogerèe (aaa)

The atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa) (studio of self-managed architecture) is a collective platform based in Paris, which conducts actions and research on urban mutations and cultural, social and political emerging practices in the contemporary city. They develop “urban tactics” to assist micro-processes and enable rifts within the standardised urban contexts.

Dario Azzellini

Dario Azzellini, 1967, MA in political sciences, social investigator, author and translator. Working as free lance author for print media, radio and TV. Official translator for italian-spanish-german. Member of the council and collaborator of the foundation “Bildungswerk Berlin der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung“. Collaborator of the Research- and Documentation-Centre Chile and Latin America (FDCL). Collaborator of the Migration Research-Centre (FFM) and of the Latin America Commission of the foundation “Umverteilen”.

Delphine Bedel

Zanny Begg

Matei Bejenaru

Born 1963 in Suceava and living in Iasi, he considers himself living in the periphery of a peripheral city (Iasi), of a peripheral country (Romania) from a peripheral region (South-Eastern Europe). That's why, he started to organize, since 1997, the Periferic/Peripheral Contemporary Arts Biennial, in the idea to collect artistic attitudes related to PERIPHERY and its relationship to the CENTER. PERIFERIC is focusing on the Turkish Bath of Iasi where he wants to organize, together with his collaborators, a center for contemporary culture. As an artist, he participated at some of the most important Romanian contemporary art shows ("Ad-Hoc" at Ludwig Museum in Budapest in 1997 and "Transferatu" at IFA Gallery in Berlin in 2000). He was Artslink resident at ATC Space in Chicago in 2000. His works are based on his personal mythologies and on reflections about history, mentalities and politics.

Franco Berardi “Bifo”

Philosopher and political activist since the days of autonomia and Radio Alice, the first Italian pirate radio station, which chronicled the insurrectional events of 1977 in that city and was shut down with the support of the Italian Communist Party. Between 1976 and 1981 Berardi was one of the editors of the A/traverso journal, which combined Maoism and Surrealism in its anti-authoritarian cultural critique. Subsequent to the repression of the autonomist movement in Italy in the late seventies, Bifo fled to Paris where he worked with Felix Guattari. During this time he wrote for the Chimeres journal in Paris, the Semiotext[e] journal in New York, and the Musica 80 journal in Milan. In 1985 he founded Topia, a centre for mental ecology. In the 1990’s, subsequent to his return to Italy, he focused more closely on the changing nature of capitalism and its utilization of communication technology and culture within a new regime of production. Co-founder of Rekombinant, a web environment of informal communication that does not add up to identity. Author of numerous books, including Cyberpunk, The Panther and the Rhizome, Politics of Mutation, Philosophy and Politics in the Twilight of Modernity, and The Factory of Unhappiness. 

Beth Bird

Beth Bird is a documentary filmmaker, whose work engages vital contemporary social-issues such as globalization, popular resistance, and local community empowerment, drawing attention to and putting a human face on struggles for social justice. Her first feature-length film, "Everyone Their Grain Of Sand" (2005), won the 2005 Jury Award for Best Documentary at its U.S. premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Best San Diego Feature at the San Diego Film Festival, and Festival Favourite at the Oxnard Film Festival. The film has screened nationally and internationally at major venues including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival); InSITE 2005 in Tijuana, Mexico; The Play Gallery, Berlin; the Prague Biennale; and the Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico. Other films include "D2KLA" (2000), which documents clashes between the police and protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August, 2000, and "Love Knows No Borders" (1997), which examines discrimination in U.S. immigration law against lesbians and gay men.

Black Audio Film Collective

The Black Audio Film Collective was formed in Hackney, London in 1982 by John Akomfrah, Reece Auguiste, Edward George, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson and Trevor Mathison. It was one among many such collectives founded in Britain during the early- to mid- 1980s - including Sankofa, Ceddo and ReTake. This period was characterised on the one hand by the founding of Channel Four and the ACCT Workshop Declaration (both 1982), which encouraged innovative independent work, and on the other hand by the increasingly free market ideology of Thatcherism. The Collective was at the forefront of debates about the politics of representation: their work argues that '"their racial identities grow out of their social and political histories; they call for a recognition that these racial differences are multiple and complex... they interrogate their own images to confirm their histories" (Jackson, Lynne and Jean Rasenberger, 'Young, British and Black', Cineaste). The Collective dissolved in 1998, though its members - most notably Akomfrah - continue to work individually.

Hernain Bravo

Jota Castro

CAT group

Critical Art Ensemble

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987, CAE's focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The original members are Steve Barnes, Dorian Burr, Steve Kurtz, Hope Kurtz and Beverly Schlee. Their book projects include: The Electronic Disturbance (1997), Electronic Civil Disobedience & Other Unpopular Ideas(1998), Flesh Machine; Cyborgs, Designer Babies, Eugenic Consciousness (1998), Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media (2001), Molecular Invasion (2002), and Marching Plague (2006).

Margit Czenki

Cālin Dan

Born 1955 in Arad, Romania, is based in Amsterdam where he works independently and within subREAL. MA in Art History & Theory. Initial career as art journalist, free lance curator and cultural manager (with the Soros Foundation, Romania). From 1990 involved in various old/new media projects within the art duo subREAL. Developer of multi-media projects in Romania and in the Netherlands (mainly with V2 Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam). Contributions to mainstream and alternative publications on internet related topics. Various teaching positions (notably the Art University Bucuresti and the Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht). Presently Creative Director for rich media platforms - Lost Boys Interactive, Amsterdam.

Dodo Brothers/ Andrea Ruggeri + Giancarlo Vitali Ambrogio

Andrea Ruggeri and Giancarlo Vitali Ambrogio founded the Bologna video production group Dodo Brothers in 1977. Dodo Brothers grew out of an involvement with Radio Alice, a form of ‘horizontal’ communication without any mediation: no one speaks on behalf of anyone else; everyone communicates with everyone. Dodo Brothers remained active as long as these criteria existed. The group moved between Bologna, Paris, Milan, Rome and Torino. In 1977 it broke up spontaneously and its members followed new routes. The proposed videos are three different ways in which the 1977 movement is presented to itself and to the rest of the world.

EAT (Expropriation Art’s Territories)

Etcetera

Marcelo Expósito

Based in Barcelona, artist and co-editor of Brumaria and Transversal, Marcelo Expósito has worked during 15 years on films, projects, has published numerous texts, and co-edited books, in the crossroads of art, politics, and activism. His videos have been shown in numerous festivals, workshops, screenings, seminars, conferences and exhibitions all over the world. Recent texts like "Desobediencia: la hipótesis imaginativa" (2003), and videos like "First of May (the City-Factory)" and "Radical Imagination (Carnivals of Resistance)" (2004), attempt to grasp certain structural "creative" aspects of the last decade of (global) protests. His "artistic" activity can be seen as a flux in which the "artwork" format is just one of the practical possibilities of dealing with an art-practice conceived as an ongoing and fluid combination of creativity, criticism, political practice and networking.

Harun Farocky

Ronith Gitelman

Alberto Grifi

Grupo de Arte Callejero

Grupo Suma

Guerrillavision

Asheley Hunt

Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist who uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements, modes of learning and public discourse. Among his interests are structures that allow people to accumulate power and those which keep others from getting power, while learning from the ways people come to know, respond to and conceive of themselves within these structures. Rather than seeing art and activism as two exclusive spheres of practice, he approaches them as complimentary, drawing upon the ideas of social movements and cultural theory alike — the theorizing and practices of each informing the other. Hunt’s work has been screened and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, as well as numerous grassroots and community based venues throughout the U.S. He has published writings in Rethinking Marxism (‘06), the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (‘07 & ‘05), Sandbox Magazine (‘02) and at Artwurl.org (‘03–present). He is currently a fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in New York City.

Indymedia.org

The Independent Media Center (aka Indymedia or IMC) is a global participatory network of journalists that reports on political and social issues. It originated during the [protests in Seattle in 1999] and remains closely associated with the global justice movement, which criticizes neo-liberalism, and its associated institutions. Indymedia uses an open publishing and Democratic media process that allows anybody to contribute. According to its homepage, "Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth." Indymedia was founded as an alternative to government and mainstream media, and seeks to facilitate people being able to publish their media as directly as possibile.

Andres Ingoglia

Patrick Jean

Kanal B

KanalB is an internet-based political video activist project. Since the year 2000, thanks to the internet, accessible video equipment, and low priced server space, kanalB has been able to broadcast and produce documentaries covering movements for social justice, while providing independent political analysis, and introducing alternative solutions. KanalB declines the consensus of the mass media which implies that we are living in the best of all possible worlds. We are fighting against what we see as a system in which the prevailing economical and social order is deeply violent and exploitative and in need of social alternatives.

La Comunitaria TV

Josè Ignacio Lezcano

Raphael Lyon

Juan Pablo Macias

Thierry Michel

Gianni Motti

Oda Projesi

Park Fiction

PILOT TV (Experimental Media for Feminist Trespass)

PILOT TV is a hybrid activist convergence taking the form of a do-it-yourself television studio. We invite you to take part in 4 days and nights of participatory, creative problem-solving to rethink how we “stage” protest. Help us turn this three-story Chicago building into a fully functioning Hollywood studio, replete with fantastical sets, collaborative crews, and improvised madness.

Marjetica Potrč

Marjetica Potrč is a Ljubljana-based artist and architect. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the Americas, including the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil (1996 and 2006); Skulptur. Projekte in Muenster, Germany (1997); The Structure of Survival at the Venice Biennial (2003); and FarSites at the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (2005). She has had solo shows at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2001); the Max Protetch Gallery, New York (2002, 2005 and 2008); the Nordenhake Gallery in Berlin (2003 and 2007); the PBICA in Lake Worth, Florida (2003); the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2004); the Portikus in Frankfurt/Main, Germany (2006); and The Curve, Barbican Art Galleries in London (2007). In addition, Potrč has been the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (in 1993 and 1999); the Hugo Boss Prize 2000, administered by the Guggenheim Museum; a Caracas Case Project Fellowship from the Federal Cultural Foundation, Germany, and the Caracas Urban Think Tank, Venezuela (2002); the AICA-USA Second-Place Award for Best Architecture or Design Show (2004); and the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics Fellowship at The New School in New York (2007).
Visit Marjetica Potrč’s website.

Radek Community

Group of artists, cultural activists, authors, musicians established 1997, Moscow Maxim Karakulov (b. 1977), David Ter-Oganian (1981), Pavel Mikitenko (1977), Petr Bystrov (1981), Alexander Korneev (1980), Alexey Buldakov (1980), Andrei Serguienko (1977), Vladis Shapovalov (1981). Amongst the most radical voices on the Eastern European scene, Radek Community set up in Moscow around the school of Anatoly Osmolovsky and Avdey Ter-Oganyan. United in their rejection of the visual power of the image and its commercial use of art, Radek Community constructs its action strategies from an ironic, mocking, ideological critique of an area that suddenly passed from socialist regime to one of globalised liberalism. Right from the start, the group has made its mark with its political, highly critical urban interventions, such as the occasion during the 1999 electoral campaign when they burst into the Lenin Mausoleum in Red Square waving a banner bearing the words "Against All", or when they staged a real hunger strike during the first Prague Biennale in 2003, outside the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art – a message for workers in the East but also a temporary magnifying glass on the relationship between protest and power. One of the fundamental points that Radek has most frequently dealt with is the condition of communication and – at the same time – the concept of community, as the name itself indicates. Does communicative activity exist outside consensus and unanimity? Is collectivity a fiction produced by mass culture? Is democratisation as internationalism no more than rhetorical forms of globalisation?

Oliver Ressler

Oliver Ressler (b. 1970 in Austria) lives and works in Vienna. He organizes theme-specific exhibitions, projects in the public space and videos on issues such as global capitalism, forms of resistance, social alternatives, racism and global warming. His work constantly tries to blur boundaries between art and activism. The ongoing project “Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies” was shown at 21 different venues, including solo-exhibitions at Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, 2003; Kunstraum Lueneburg, Germany, 2004; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, MediaLabMadrid, Madrid, 2004; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, 2005 and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, 2005. A publication on the project was published by the Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk in 2007. Many of Ressler’s works have been realized in collaborations: “Boom!” focuses on the central contradictions of globalized capitalism (with David Thorne), “European Corrections Corporation” on the phenomenon of prison privatization (with Martin Krenn), and “What Would It Mean To Win?” on the protests against the G8-summit in Heiligendamm (with Zanny Begg). Together with Dario Azzellini, Ressler produced the films “Venezuela from Below”, 2004 and “5 Factories–Worker Control in Venezuela”, 2006, which was presented as a 6-channel video installation at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA. Ressler has participated in more than 150 exhibitions, including the biennials in Prague, 2005; Seville, 2006; Moscow 2007 and Taipei, 2008. In 2002, Ressler’s video “This is what democracy looks like!” won the 1st prize of the International Media Art Award of the ZKM. In Italy Ressler is represented by Galleria Artra, Milan.
Visit Oliver Ressler’s website.

Paula Roush (msdm)

Paula Roush is a London-based artist and founder of msdm [mobile strategies of display & mediation]. The label msdm proposes a co-laboratorial space for art practices that use, promote and investigate mobile strategies of display and mediation. Her work is an open intersection of different media, including para-arquitecture, sound, video, photography, text, posters, installations, computer gaming, web streaming, public interventions and curating. Her recent exhibitions have been organized at the GAK (Bremen, 2001), the Bauhaus Foundation (Dessau, 2001), the City Gallery (Prague, 2001) and the Living Art Museum (Reykjavik, 2001). Paula Roush is currently a part-time lecturer with the Arts Management programme at the Birkbeck College / University of London, teaching a module about artistic practices in community settings.
Visit Paula Roush’s website.

Jean-Jaques Rousseau

Paola Salerno

Mariette Schiltz

Joaquin Segura

Showdown in Seattle

Hito Steyerl

streetRec

The Department of Space and Land Reclamation

The Yes Men

The Yes Men are a group of culture jamming activists who practice what they call "identity correction" by pretending to be powerful people and spokespersons for prominent organizations. They create and maintain fake websites similar to ones they want to spoof, and then they accept invitations received on their websites to appear at conferences, symposia, and TV shows. Their newfound, self-proclaimed authority to express the idea that corporations and governmental organizations often act in dehumanizing ways toward the public has met both positively and negatively with political overtones. Elaborate props are sometimes part of the ruse, as shown in their 2003 DVD release The Yes Men. The Yes Men have posed as spokespeople for The World Trade Organization, McDonald's, Dow Chemical, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two leading members of The Yes Men are known by a number of aliases, most recently, and in film Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.

Bert Theis

Lives and works in Luxembourg and Milan. Bert Theis belongs to a generation of artists who emerged at the beginning of the 90s and who approached public space in an non-monumental and emergent way. Theis' practice is anchored to social contexts and relational modalities, without, however, denouncing his productions as works of art. Conceived to be located directly in the outdoor spaces of a city his works are informed by the assumed presence of an hyperactive society driven by excessive consumption They attempt to get people to turn inward, towards the spaces, places of rest and platforms for relaxation and are capable of temporarily forming small communities of people with explicit reference to idyllic islands, to the utopia of unspoiled land. In Theis' work, the opening towards this vital life assumes a rigorous intellectual utopian condition, and at the same time, that which is more extraordinary than daily existence, and subtly, an irony of the experience itself.

Ultra – Red

Andrei Ujica

Dmitry Vilensky

Visual City Virus

Peter Watkins

Wayruro