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Wiretap 7.05: Stadtluft macht frei!

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  • Nat Muller
    Wiretap 7.05: Stadtluft macht frei! Date: Friday 18th May, 20.00h (doors open: 19.30h) Location: V2_Organisatie Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam, NL
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      Wiretap 7.05: Stadtluft macht frei!

      Date: Friday 18th May, 20.00h (doors open: 19.30h)
      Location: V2_Organisatie Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam, NL
      Entrance fee: Fl. 10,-

      Presentations by
      Pauline van Mourik Broekman (NL/GB), Josephine Berry (GB), David Panos &
      Benedict Seymour (GB), James Stevens (GB)
      Moderation: Nat Muller (V2_), Pauline van Mourik Broekman (NL/GB), and
      Josephine Berry (GB)

      Wiretap 7.05: Stadtluft macht frei!
      In collaboration with MUTE magazine this Wiretap examines the old German
      saying 'Die Stadtluft macht frei' or the city air liberates. Dating from
      medieval times, the city was seen as the place where notions of freedom,
      citizenship and independence could come to fruition. However, is the urban
      condition still considered as a means that can stimulate and accelerate
      social and cultural change? In short: Macht die Stadtluft noch immer frei?

      In the fifties and sixties the Situationists formulated a radical critique
      on capitalist power structures and consumer culture, by mapping public space
      as a political locus of action and cultural creation. Central to their
      theories was the remaking of urban space in which individual experiences
      become protagonists, and where cultural intervention is viewed as a
      political act.

      Taking this historical note into account, how do cultural practitioners
      manage the fabric of the city today? Cultural organisations have
      increasingly been attributed a cleansing value through processes of
      gentrification and regeneration (e.g. the revamping of de Witte de
      Withstraat in Rotterdam). Yet, how radical can these organisations claim to
      be when their culture becomes a currency in the urban political agenda. Is
      there still a culture-critical wind of change in the city?

      The participants of Wiretap7.05 surf between these tensions, often in the
      wind's eye.

      Pauline van Mourik Broekman (NL/GB)
      Pauline van Mourik Broekman is, together with Simon Worthington, co-editor
      and publisher of Mute magazine, which she co-founded in 1994 soon after
      leaving art college and has helped develop into an internationally
      recognised voice on technoculture and independent media production. Aside
      from editing Mute, she also writes and lectures extensively on culture,
      media and publishing in the UK and abroad. Recent essays include 'The
      Vanishing' - on artistic responses to nuclear technology (Locus Solus, Black
      Dog Publishing) and 'Art, interrupted' - on the work of English artist
      Josephine Pryde. Pauline is currently involved in the metamorphosis of
      Metamute from a traditional magazine archive site into - something
      completely different!

      James Stevens (GB)
      James Stevens has been one of the driving forces behind BACKSPACE (net
      lounge and medialab in London) since it was established in 1995. In 2000 he
      established 'spc.org', a small organisation run and arranged by consensus
      and loose association to share resources. He is Co-Founder of CONSUME, a
      strategy for self provision of networking services, utilising Wireless LAN
      technologies, open source development principals and counter commercial
      tactics. It is developed and maintained on a not for profit basis by those
      using it. James Stevens works currently as the UK Producer for the Windows
      Media Player Guide.

      Josephine Berry (GB)
      Josephine Berry is Deputy Editor of Mute. She is also completing a PhD on
      site-specific art on the net at the University of Manchester. During
      1997-1998, she co-edited Crash Media, a bi-monthly tabloid on independent
      media production, with Micz Flor and organised "Exploding Media", a related
      symposium at the University of Salford in 1998. Josephine co-authored the
      "Snowfields" Internet site with Micz Flor, for which they won the Stuttgart
      multimedia prize of 1998. She writes extensively on art and culture. Recent
      work has been included in Inventory and Telepolis.

      David Panos (GB)
      David previously worked as a research consultant to large commercial
      clients. He specialised in deploying ethnographic and documentary techniques
      to produce comprehensive studies of phenomena such as festivals and suburban
      social networks. David has lectured at Goldsmiths, The University of East
      London, The Royal College of Art and the Architecture Association on
      contemporary culture and communications and branding. He is also a
      contributor to Mute Magazine and is part of the experimental
      improvisation/digital noise project Aufgehoben No Process

      Benedict Seymour (GB)
      Benedict Seymour is a freelance journalist, writer and film maker. He has
      written for a range of magazines, journals and newspapers including Mute,
      Radical Philosophy, Frieze, Art Monthly, Dazed & Confused and The
      Independent. His areas of interest include politics, philosophy, art,
      literature, film and technology. At present he is researching a documentary
      film about regeneration, gentrification and the impact of globalisation in
      London with Year Zero productions.

      Year Zero Productions
      David Panos set up Year Zero in September 2000 as an independent production
      company that aims to foreground experimental and critical/political
      approaches to digital documentary making. Their current project is an
      examination of the convergent trends of Gentrification, Regeneration and
      Social Housing in East London.

      Year Zero's current documentary project looks at London's Borough of Hackney
      and examines the recent social, economic and architectural transformation of
      this part of the inner city. The film looks at Gentrification, Regeneration
      and Social Housing in an area infamous for its poverty and social exclusion.
      It also seeks to address broader issues about how we think about social
      provision, citizenship and the urban condition in the wake of the
      Neo-Liberal attack on the Welfare State throughout the 80s and 90s.
      The film is constructed from interviews with local politicians, housing and
      regeneration organisations, community action groups, local people, estate
      agents, writers, artists, and academics exposing the contradictory rhetoric
      and new social conflicts of a supposedly 'post-political' era.

      Shot entirely on DV in and around Hackney the film is still in production
      and will be completed in Autumn 2001.

      James Stevens
      Josephine Berry

      Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam, Holland
      T: ++31-10-2067272
      F: ++31-10-2067271
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