Cleotronica 08 Project # 6

Tactical Media Club Alexandria

20 Mar 2008
23 Mar 2008
  • 19:00 -19:00
  • ACAF
  • 10 Hussein Hassab Street, Alexandria

A Participatory Club for Tactical Media Moderated by Joanne Richardson (RO) and Francesca Bria (IT)
Lecture1: Tactical Media: Past, Present, and Future by Joanne Richardson, Friday 21 March, 7 pm
Lecture 2: Social Media, Shared Culture, and the Hacker Movement in Italy by Francesca Bria, Sunday 23 March, 7 pm

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Tactical media is a concept and set of practices that emerged around the Next Five Minutes festivals in Amsterdam from 1993 to 2003. What is common to these practices is the artistic use of media technologies to subvert power. As part of the Cleotronica 2008 festival Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) will set up a transient club for 'Tactical Media' inside its space. The club seeks to collectively explore 'Tactical Media' practices in the different contexts of Europe and Egypt, and conduct brainstorming sessions that investigate the possibility of new intersections between art, media, activism, and theory. Artists, activists, and collectives are invited to be members of the club and participate in its discussion and debate group meetings that will be moderated by Joanne Richardson (Romania) and Francesca Bria (Italy). To become a member and participate in the club’s sessions please send us a brief paragraph about yourself and your interests or your collective in English or Arabic to acafspace@gmail.com and office@acafspace.org , please include your complete contact info and write "club" in the subject box. The meetings will be carried out on the 20, 21, and 22 of March. In addition to the club meetings Joanne Richardson will be delivering a public lecture on the past, present and future of Tactical Media at ACAF on Friday 21 March, while Francesca Bria will talk about social media, shared culture and the hacker movement in Italy on Sunday 23 March, both lectures will feature live Arabic translation and start at 7 pm.

Moderators’ Bios

Joanne Richardson
Born in Bucharest, grew up in New York, currently living between Cluj, Romania and Berlin. Founder of D Media (www.dmedia.ro) in Romania, an NGO for the production and dissemination of art and digital culture. Editor of Subsol webzine (subsol.c3.hu), and author of essays on social movements, postcommunism, immaterial labor, copyleft, tactical media, the history of the avant-gardes, and experimental film & video in Eastern Europe. Recent videos on nationalism, delocalization, migration, activism, precarity and borders.

Francesca Bria
Film Maker, journalist and Independent Network Activist. Born and currently living in Rome . She teaches digital media and video journalism in Rome and she is active as a free lance video journalist.She is counsultant and expert on access to knowledge policy for the Region of Lazio and the European Commission. She has been coordinating an international cooperation project between Italy and Brazil on Digital Culture and she’s currently coordinating a cooperation project on free software in Venezuela. She is the author of different video documentaries and short experimental films on digital media technology, free knowledge, politics, precarity, migration and social justice. She's active in different networking and grassroot projects for the promotion of shared culture and free technology.

The Cleotronica 08 program receives generous support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Cairo and the Goethe Institute Egypt / Extra Special thanks to Mohamed A. Fahmy AKA ganzeer.com for the Tactical Media Club identity. Tactical Media Club Alexandria is also part of 1001 Actions for Dialogue.