European Media Art Festiaval Osnabrück


WE, THE ENEMY - burning clouds

This year’s Congress offers the opportunity to sound out psychological and staging mechanisms of surveillance, to shape perspectives for a traumatised society,and to illustratehow the language of surveillance functions in words, images and technology. The response of media art and the positions emerging from the artistic debate are an elementary part of the quest for courses of action. Which politicaldemands can already be formulated in order to counter a totally networked future in which we inevitably become our own bitterest enemy?

whistleblowing, journalism and privacy.

Annie Machon

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK’s MI5 in the 1990s, before leaving to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of British spy agencies. As a result, she and her former partner had to go on the run around Europe, live in exile in France, face arrest and imprisonment, and watch as friends, family and journalists were arrested.
She is now a writer, media commentator, political campaigner and international public speaker on a variety of related issues: the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, the war on whistleblowers, and the war on the internet. She is Director of Courage, a foundation to advocate whistleblowers and raise funds for their legal defence.

25 April, 13:30 h, Haus der Jugend

Security research beyond good and evil

Dr. Stephan Humer

Security research is a complex topic, not only because of the technical dynamism experienced in the era of the digital revolution. Civilian provisions ought to prohibit ”bad” military research, for example, and symbolically/morally support ”good” research. But is it realistic? How can security be holistically assessed, evaluated and decided upon nowadays? These issues will be discussed in this lecture on the basis of a biometry research project.

25 April, 14:30 h, Haus der Jugend

Artist talk

Elena Artemenko, Franz Reimer and Alexander Repp

The artists will talk about their pieces of work that will be shown at the festival’s exhibition in the Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Their installations explore the excesses of social media, spanning faked terrorist profiles, a restaging of the surveillance of Bin Laden’s killing comprising visitors to the exhibition, and witty commentary about the various forms of activism.

25 April, 15:30 h, Haus der Jugend

Surveillance and Language: How to do Things with Words

Prof. Dr. Joachim Scharloth

Advanced linguistic methods of politically motivated internet monitoring will be presented during the lecture, an area of research to which the NSA attaches great importance. With the help of a fictitious ”Advanced Security Toolkit” for automated speech analysis, a demonstration is given of what linguistics and statistics can do for surveillance. The lecture does not include any guidance on how to effectively escape scrutiny – after all, it’s futile.

25 April, 16:45 h, Haus der Jugend

We’re all being monitored. Now what?

Michael Seemann

Surveillance is ubiquitous; neither cryptography nor politicians can protect citizens from it. This fact has a serious impact on activism. How can surveillance be fought against when everyone knows they’re being monitored?, asks Michael Seemann in his lecture, simultaneously making proposals for the changing debate on surveillance in which 1 bit surveillance memory has become obsolete.

26 April, 13:00 h, Haus der Jugend


Jan Lachenmayer

The so-called Tweet Nadwa originates from the Arab Spring. It is an open, interactive format where the public takes the centre stage. Anyone can take hold of the microphone. Based on Twitter’s restriction to 140 characters, each participantcan speak for precisely 140 seconds, freely expressing their ideas, opinions or associations. The topic is the future and actions in asurveillance state. What effect willsurveillance have on tomorrow’s society? Which options are we left with?

26 April, 14:00 h, Haus der Jugend

under surveillance | under the radar

Christoph Wachter und Mathias Jud

For years, Swiss artists Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud have been exploring media monitoring by government bodies, secret services and the military. In their work, they document unlawful interference against communications networks, and create new protection zones for data traffic using networks they have developed. With their user-defined network ”” or their crypto undertaking ”picadae” they explore the boundaries of state surveillance and reclaim forums for communication that are free from power interests and commercialaccess.

26 April, 15:00 h, Haus der Jugend

Majority Report

David Dorrell

In ‘The Majority Report’ artist and writer David Dorrell surveys the potential impact on social and media networks of the NSA and MI5’s desire to ‘hack minds’  by shaping the environment in which political debate takes place.  By reviewing the threat of programmes such as the NSA’s
Mystic and the seemingly predictive nature of Philip K. Dick’s science-fiction writings, Dorrell seeks to look beyond our current horizon into a world characterised by self-censureship and total surveillance.
26 April, 16:00 h, Haus der Jugend

Do you want total networking?

Salvatore Vanasco

There no longer seem to be any technological limitations to the mechanisms and suggestive powers of political totalitarianism. And yet it is only through total networking, into which the future homo protehticus will blend seamlessly as part of a gigantic Internet of Things and Beings, that censorship, surveillance and control will also reach a quality never seen before.
Thus media artist Salvatore Vanasco asks the crucial question: Do you want total networking?

26 April, 17:00 h, Haus der Jugend

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