Hacktivism, R(Ǝ)O Dada & Resistance at DNL Artivism

Hacktivism, R(Ǝ)O Dada & Resistance at DNL Artivism

With Superazione Collective & Dada Boom Collective (Murat Önol, Virginia Orrico, Alessandro Giannetti, IT), Guido Segni (Artist & Hacktivist, IT).

00:00 Introduction by Tatiana Bazzichelli
09:30 Video performance “The Little Diary of Ailments” by Giacomo Verde
49:36 Guido Segni
1:05:20 Virginia Orrico
1:25:50 Murat Önol

The streaming of The Little Diary of Ailments, a video performance in homage to Giacomo Verde 836 min, IT, 2019), followed by the panel discussion with Superazione Collective & Dada Boom Collective (Murat Önol, Virginia Orrico, Alessandro Giannetti, IT), Guido Segni (Artist & Hacktivist, IT).

The discussion reflects on the impact of artivism from hacktivism to r(Ǝ)o dada, presenting artistic interventions and tactics of resistance in the grassroot scene of Italy.

A group of researchers, activists, artists, and performers has been active since Giacomo Verde passed away in May 2020, organising distributed events in his memory, including the creation of the Artivism conference in Viareggio last December 2022. During this series of events, art and activism were connected to bring important social issues to light, focusing on different areas of action, from anti-war campaigns to climate justice interventions, to new strategies of activism in the age of big data and the connections between art and whistleblowing (see artivism.today).

Giacomo Verde worked for many decades on developing an ethical and political use of technology, from the early 1980s until he passed away in 2020. His artistic practice can be described as “technological artivism”, applying a DIY approach to technology to denounce misconducts embedded in society. He was one of the first Italian artists to create interactive artworks, combining different art genres. His book Artivismo Tecnologico (Technological Artivism, 2007) describes the practice of artivism within the cultural and artistic scene of Italy. The book includes many contributions such as the collective piece For a New Cartography of Reality, that can be considered the first manifesto of the virtual era in Italy, and interlinks experiences shaped in the Italian grassroots media scene from the 1980s until the middle of 2000s. The artistic practice of 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗼 𝗦𝗲𝗴𝗻𝗶, together with the one of many other Italian hacktivists, developed within this context.

Giacomo Verde was among the initiators of the r(Ǝ)o dada experience, which started in 2019 in Italy with the redaction of a manifesto by the 𝗗𝗮𝗱𝗮 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, which was signed by the 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 the same year. r(Ǝ)o dada is a political and cultural practice that takes shape through operActions, ongoing interventions that develop as an artistic and activist process. It is the expression of a melting pot of actions, artworks, sharing and connections of different people, activists, groups, associations. r(Ǝ)o dada aims to bring to light social problems or conflicts. The artistic process implies to criticize such conflicts, to fight against burning issues of our society and to express dissent and political positions about them. The result is to create open encounters where different people can express their ideas and can approach practices they had never explored before.

ARTIVISM: The Art of Subverting Power

23 Jun 2023
Berlin (DE)
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