HOW CAN THE RAW MATERIAL OF THE SNOWDEN FILES BE TRANSFORMED INTO ART AND COMMONS?
SIGNALS is the first project to critically engage with artists responding to the NSA files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It reflects on how artists are deploying the files as raw material and, by creating all kinds of works, are transforming them into commons. The exhibition and books feature contributions by Zeljko Blace (CRO), Andrew Clement (CAN), Naomi Colvin (GBR), Simon Denny (NZL), Christoph Hochhäusler (GER), Evan Light (CAN), Geert Lovink (NED), M.C. McGrath (USA), Henrik Moltke (DEN), Deborah Natsios (USA), Julian Oliver (NZL), Trevor Paglen (USA), Laura Poitras (USA), SAZAE bot (JPN), Stefan Tiron (ROU), University of the Phoenix (CAN), Maria Xynou (ESP), John Young (USA) and more.
Events + Books
The Berliner Gazette (BG) has worked on the Snowden disclosures from the very beginning. It has launched several critical interventions under the motto Snowden Commons that are intended to explore and expand the democratic potential of the disclosures. As a nonprofit and nonpartisan team of journalists, researchers, artists and coders, the BG analyzes and tests emerging cultural and political practices. Since 1999 the BG has been publishing berlinergazette.de under a Creative Commons license – with more than 900 contributors from all over the world – as well as organizing symposia, exhibitions and editing books. Mail suggestions to: info(at)berlinergazette.de. Visit our site http://berlinergazette.de
The independent art and theory publishing house DIAMONDPAPER has managed an exhibition space at the address Köpenicker Strasse 96 in Berlin since the fall of 2015. The venue, which is accessible to the public and open on the side facing the street, is situated on the boundary between Mitte and Kreuzberg and is meant to function as a showcase for the ‘book works’ that are designed in the rear section of the building. The publishing house was founded by artist Thomas Scheibitz, designer Karsten Heller and manager Volker Ludwig in the early 2000s. It aims to create a common space in which to bring together important artistic positions and critical thought. Artists include Maria Loboda, Johannes Kahrs, Katja Strunz, Michael Schmidt.
DIAMONDPAPER Studio is located on Köpenicker Straße 96, Berlin-Kreuzberg, D-10115. The opening hours between September 12-26, 2017 are Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 6 p.m. The admission is free. Note: The exhibition will be open in October by appointment only.
Address + opening hours
In the week of the BG annual conference – FRIENDLY FIRE. Failed Citizens or Failed States? – which is taking place on November 2-4, 2017 at ZK/U, the exhibition will be open daily. Between October 30 and November 4, the opening hours are daily from 12 to 6 p.m.
Special opening hours
The books of the SIGNALS project will be available via the DIAMONDPAPER website ( http://diamondpaper.de ) and in bookshops, such as pro qm, Walther König, b books and Motto Books in Berlin.
The SIGNALS project is supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. It is administered by the Senate department responsible for culture of the city-state of Berlin, which in turn is financed by the city-state.