kuda.lounge > december > Bureau d'Etudes / Armin Medosch

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  Subject:kuda.lounge > december > Bureau d'Etudes / Armin Medosch
  Date:   Mon, 15 Dec 2003 17:36:26 +0100

  kuda.lounge announcement
  serie of lectures on contemporary social analysis


  > Tuesday 18. 12, 20:00h, new media center_ kuda.org, Novi Sad
  > Saturday 20. 12., 18:00h, Exhibition space of Museum of Contemporary Art,

     Presentation of group Bureau d'Etudes [FR] 

  > Friday 19. 12, 20:00h, Art Club in Cultural Center of Novi Sad
     Lecture of Armin Medosch [A/UK]: Piratology. The Deep Seas of Open Code
  and Free Culture

  > Saturday 20. 12, 20:00h, new media center_ kuda.org, Novi Sad

     Lecture of Armin Medosch [A/UK]: Wireless Utopia, 100 years of Free
     Wireless Socialist Dreams and Telecommunications Monopoly in kuda.org 



  >  Tuesday 18. 12, 20:00h, kuda.org_ Presentation of group Bureau d'Etudes

  With its work Bureau d'Etudes continues a tradition that was very popular 
  the 1970s and dedicated to map financial structures on a national level. 

  while this early attempts came to a standstill in the 1980s the French art
  group picked up this trend and started to map new issues of world
  governance. To this end Bonaccini and Fourt develop pictographic
  installations that deal with themes such as networks of data-gathering

  systems, bio war or global resistance movements. They visualize the
  distribution of power in it’s various forms, political, cultural and
  financial on a global basis and show the interrelations between the
  different actors involved. Often Bureau d’Etudes develops its installations

  in collaboration with the cultural theoretician and journalist Brian Homes.

  Founded in 1998 the Paris based Bureau d'Etudes  is an artist duo that
  consists of Léonore Bonaccini and Xavier Fourt, both French media artists.
  Bureau d'Etudes concentrates on mapping various issues of world governance
  and also 


  Presentation is realised with support of French Cultural Center, Belgrade

  > Friday 19. 12, 20:00h, Art Club in Cultural Centre of Novi Sad

  Lecture of Armin Medosch [A/UK]: Piratology. The Deep Seas of Open Code and

  Free Culture

  ... Piracy does not simply exist because there are bloody-minded people who
  don't care for the rules and laws of the civilised world. It tends to 
  whenever there is a hegemonic power that asserts itself by establishing a

  trade monopoly. A monopoly, by its very nature, cuts out competition by
  other traders and destroys existing means of trade. People deprived of 
  traditional way of making a living resort to criminal activity. The
  hegemonic power, itself not averse to using violence to force others into

  submission, considers itself to be the law and defines others' activity as
  piracy. This is, in short, the lesson we can learn from historic accounts 


  Lecture of Armin Medosch will be focused on analysis of consequences of 
  hegemonic power and emerging copyright infringements. Medosch will also
  present on line exhibition 'Kingdom of Piracy', CR ROM and text collection

  Kingdom of Piracy: http://residence.aec.at/kop/ 

  > Saturday 20. 12, 20:00h, kuda.org, Novi Sad

  Lecture of Armin Medosch [A/UK]: Wireless Utopia, 100 years of Free Energy,
  Wireless Socialist Dreams and Telecommunications Monopoly

  After Heinrich Hertz was able to proof the existence of radio waves and to

  establish their
  fundamental properties - amplitude, frequency and polarity - inventors like
  Guglielmo Marconi
  rushed to exploit the technology. His wireless telegraph earned him a

  fortune based on a number
  of patents and a near worldwide monopoly. Improvements of the technology
  soon led to
  experimens with wireless speech transmission. Fraudulent businessmen in the

  US of A launched
  stock market schemes based on wireless telephony empires that did not 
  At around the same time Nicola Tesla tried to transmit energy wirelessly.
  Utopian hopes flourished, of free 

  energy and a wireless future that would make everybody free and equal.
  Russian Futurists sang
  in their poems about the waves that constantly surrounded the earth.

  100 years later we see a similar variety of hopes and expectations attached

  to wireless
  technologies. The promise of mobile personal telephony had finally been 
  good with GSM.
  Now, the introduction of 3G in some countries in Europe stimulates high-

  flying dreams again, a
  sector-specific resurgence of the new economy. Others believe that the real
  revolution is
  already underway and carried by the DIY technologists who build wireless

  community networks. The peer-based network philosophy of meshed networks
  turns every node into a personal
  telecommunications switching station. With wireless the physical-material
  layer of network 

  communication is set free. No central server architecture is needed 
  everybody shares
  bandwidth with everybody in community networks bound by the PicoPeering
  Agreement; we all become walking personal telcos.

  Are these latest emanations of wireless euphoria just proof that after all
  history repeats itself
  or is there more behind it? With many 100 year anniversaries in the air the
  high-times of modernism powerfully make themselves felt in the 21st 

  In the much more hypercomplex and interconnected world of today are there
  ways to avoid the mistakes of the past and use the
  utopian potential of wireless technologies in a more sustainable and human
  friendly way? Utopianism leads to totalitarianism, but without a firm

  believe that we can do better in the future than in the past all efforts
  would be useless.  

  Wireless Utopia presents snippets and fragments of an ongoing research into
  electromagnetic waves and technologies and ideas based on them. The final

  goal is an exhibition with the working
  title 'Waves' that bridges the 100 year gap between Marconi, Tesla,
  Khlebnikov and current
  artistic and social-activist practice like Acoustic Spacelab, Kunstlabor,

  Raylab, Consume, Makrolab, to name just a few.

  Armin Medosch is a writer, curator and artist. He co-founded the on line
  magazine Telepolis in 1996 and co-edited it till summer 2002. With 
  he won the European Online Journalism Award 2000 for investigative 

  and the Grimme Online Award 2002 for media journalism. He curated the 
  exhibition "Shopping Windows" (2001) and organized the free networking
  meeting BerLon (Oct. 2002). Current work includes the book and CD ROM DIVE
  for Kingdom of Piracy and a forthcoming book on free networks.

  Lectures are realised with support of Austrian Cultural Forum, Belgrade


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