This two-day workshop will introduce you to the basic philosophy behind transparency activism and how to accomplish it through the use of smart hacks over web platforms. Ownership, privacy and geopolitical use of data will be introduced through case histories of ethical and legal issues as well as an introduction of the main organizations and resources about Open Data.
You will learn the methodologies and mechanisms for exploring creative and unconventional uses of political data over the web. In addition, the workshop will introduce some practical tools, including simple software, coding, and other techniques and tricks to extract data from web servers.
Software that will be explored during the workshop: iMacro, Fake, Scraperwiki, Beautiful Soup, Scrapy, etc.
new media art .S.W.A.M.P. interview. .!Mediengruppe Bitnik interview. .ISEA 2008, Singapore report. .Ars Electronica 2008 report. .news: Smiles Less Noise, Taiwa Hensokuki, Machines that Almost Fall Over, AEO, Motion-Extraction-Reanimation Series. .reviews: . ..books: Bodies in Code, HMKV 1996-2008, Darko Fritz Archives in Progress, Holy Fire, Software Studies: A Lexicon.
emusic .Negativland interview. .Memories of the Future, New Forms of Cultural Production .The Hype Machine, p2p blogging .news: Graphite Sequencer, Wind-up Birds, Sun Run Sun, Fold Loud, Physical Sequencer. .reviews: ..books/dvd: Anthibotis - Occultural Anthology vol. 2, curated by Vicky Bennett - Smiling Through My Teeth, Dj Spooky - Sound Unbound, M. Schumacher - Five Sound Installations, Filmachine.
Strategic Reality Dictionary offers seventy-two keys to the construction, imposition and maintenance of contemporary systems of inclusion and exclusion, which only function for two principle reasons: because of stealth, and because they are able to engineer our own unconscious beliefs." (Brian Holmes)
A book launch and presentation by author Konrad Becker
Join us for the release of Konrad Becker's Strategic Reality Dictionary. Becker will present a compelling slideshow that seeks to define the terms by which hacktivists and tactical media practitioners like Critical Art Ensemble and the Yes Men infiltrate and subvert the global information system.
"Strategic Reality Dictionary (Autonomedia, 2009) offers seventy-two keys to the construction, imposition and maintenance of contemporary systems of inclusion and exclusion, which only function for two principle reasons: because of stealth, and because they are able to engineer our own unconscious beliefs." (Brian Holmes)