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Kunst Apotheke Salon Session 12: Kiss or Kill Facebook?

Monday 11 October 2010, by I-WEI LI

Kiss or Kill Facebook? 500 million friends, 33 billion business, even Hollywood now wants to cash in with the new release film ‘The Social Network.’
What are we without having our ’faces’ on Facebook?
What have we become when we have more ‘friends’ online than in real life?
Will the hype for social networking tip over?

Today, most social networks are invested by financial conglomerates, what are the consequences of digital citizen’s voluntary disclosure of their private life online?
Will these social networks transform the Big Brother into a banal controlling system?
Are we evolving into a denounced population through these self surveillance tools?
Will total disconnection be the only alternative?
How is possible to invent other social media platforms to share in solidarity?

Kunst Apotheke Salon Session 12

20:00 - 23:00

Altes Finanzamt
Schönstedtstraße 7 - EG, 12043 Neukölln - Berlin
Access through the yard
U7 Rathaus Neukölln (Exit Schönstedtstraße)

Altes Finanzamt is located in the former Neukölln Finanzamt building, started in 2010 by 9 different artistic practitioners. It aims to be an independent space for both local and international artists to showcase their work and share their experiences and ideas. In particular, through social networks and adventurous experimentation of visual, sound and site specific performances.

We are proud to announce the following presentations:

Web2.0 Suicidemachine
Moddr_ - digital experimentalists and interventionists - Rotterdam/Berlin

As various social media platforms forge ahead in their attempt to make everything we do trackable, shareable and accessible, people are starting to become uneasy with just how much information about themselves is floating around the web and how much time they are spending in numerous Facebook pokes, likes and the gifts. The Web2.0 Suicidemachine promises an easy and chic way of getting rid of any social network by automatically cleaning all your traces from your social media past. Gordan Savicic and Walter Langelaar will present some background information about their ongoing fight with Facebook’s lawyers and demystify other stories in and around the web2.0 suicidemachine.

moddr_ from Rotterdam/Berlin (Danja Vasiliev, Gordan Savicic and Walter Langelaar) are experimentalists and interventionists on the edge of digital life and everyday technology.
Quentin Drouet – meida art curator/Spip program developer – Luxembourg/Berlin

Former media art curator and art event organizer, Quentin now spends his time to develop online technical solutions with artists and many other non-profit organizations. To do this, he only uses open source solutions i.e. "puredata", "liquidsoap", "processing" and in particular, SPIP, in which he is involved in the main development.

SPIP is also the basis of his current project,, which consists of an open source platform dedicated to non-profit organization and public to promote their content on Internet. Like other well-known platforms (Youtube, Vimeo or Flickr), also creates similar social networks and enable users to broadcast their content to a larger audience. However, the main differences are that the source code is open source, meaning this platform is not "egocentric", that every single person or organization will be able to run their own program, connected or not, to the others. The main idea behind this, we (content producers) have the power, so why are we giving it to monopolistic companies if we could manage it by ourselves? Valie Djordjevic – editor of mailing list coordinator – Berlin started out in 2005 as a website about copyright in the digital age.
In the past 15 years, as digitalisation and networked computers changed the production, distribution and consumption of cultural artefacts – music, films, texts and images – copyright has developed from the margins of law, interested only by specialists, to a contested field where different interests – freedom of information and commons of knowledge against profit-oriented production – clash and fight for predominance. In the beginning,’s goal was to explain the ensuing issues, that sometimes even leave lawyers baffled, to the public. For instance, we are confronted with copyright if we listened to music on the internet, upload a video on Youtube or post a link on our Facebook profiles.

Besides informing about the actual regulations of the law, what is more important is that we follow the different discourses, arguments and disputes between the interest groups – producers, consumers, distributors. Even though strives for an objective journalistic view, we position ourselves in support of a free and open society where knowledge, culture and information are free for all people. Now, consists of five editors Valie Djordjevic, Till Kreutzer, Philipp Otto, Matthias Spielkamp and John Weitzmann and several associated writers and contributors. We are lawyers, journalists, artists, researchers and media workers.

In 1996, Valie started working with internet through Internationale Stadt Berlin, one of the pioneering net culture projects in Germany. Since then, she has worked in different art and cultural projects including Old Boys Network and the Media Arts Lab at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. She is a member of mikro e.V. , a Berlin based association examining the different facets of media culture, and coordinator for FACES mailing list, a list for woman only, dealing with topics around notions of gender, technology and art.

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