Ebooks, apps and messages on cardboard: how systems get hacked

Date 18. Januar 2014
Start 20:30 Uhr
End 21:30 Uhr
Event Talk (in English)
Place Side stage
With Rachel Coldicutt (Culture Hack, Agency Caper), Volker Oppmann (LOG.OS), Ward Al-Assi ("Kartoneh from Deir Eezoar")

The internet is not a medium, it is a network machine”, as US online journalist Jeff Jarvis once said. And in the meantime, it has become a productive non-place where artistic work is organised, planned, carried out and distributed. People who cannot work at the same time or in the same place can still work on a joint task or project; they can exchange ideas and involve others. How does digital-analogue collaboration change artistic relationships and working processes? What opportunities and challenges are offered in non-located, networked cultural work? A discussion about hands-on experience of digital collaboration and its political implications: “hack days” in cultural institutions, during which programmers and designers develop practical apps in 24 hours; artistic-political Facebook activism from Syria; and the search for other access rights to cultural goods and counter models to online monopolists such as Amazon.

© Rachel Coldicutt
© Rachel Coldicutt

Rachel Coldicutt is a director at digital agency Caper, where she creates digital content and innovation programmes for arts and cultural organisation. Rachel Coldicutt started Culture Hack in 2010 to show arts organisation the creative potential of data and technology; more than 100 institutions and 300 artists, technologists and designers have since taken part in events and created digital and physical prototypes.

Twitter: @rachelcoldicutt






© Volker Oppmann
© Volker Oppmann

Volker Oppmann, born in 1975, studied German and Scandinavian studies in Bonn and Bergen (Norway). In 2002 he gained his first publishing experience at Rogner & Bernhard in Hamburg. In autumn 2007 he founded the Berlin indie publisher ONKEL & ONKEL. Under the label textunes, Oppmann became the first provider of eBook apps on the German market in autumn 2008. From autumn 2011 to March 2013 he was responsible for the digital division at Thalia. Oppmann is the founder of the sponsor’s association LOG.OS, which is committed to creating an open and non-profit “operating system for the book market” as an alternative to Amazon and other providers.


Twitter: @onkelvolker





Kartoneh From Deir Ezour
© Ward Al-Assi

Ward Al-Assi, born in Deir ez-Zor in 1980, studied journalism and film in Damascus. He works as an independent film-maker in Syria; among others projects he directed a documentary about Abu Eskander as a cat who strays through the devastated city, commenting on the political situation. He also works as an admin for “Kartoneh from Deir Eezoar”, an oppositional internet platform, which practices an artistic form of political activism. With a never-varying aesthetic of coloured chalk on black cardboard, the activists from Deir ez-Zor send out news from local hotspots or comment on things that are happening in the country. Although Deir ez-Zor is one of the biggest cities in Syria, it is hardly covered by the media due to its position far East on the banks of the Euphrates although the war damage there is far worse than in Homs and Aleppo.




© Anjana Shrivastava
© Anjana Shrivastava

Anjana Shrivastava is an American journalist. During the Gulf War, she founded the discussion series Die Neue Weltbuehne (the New World Series) for the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). Since then, speakers such as Lawrence Lessig, Art Spiegelman, Sebastian Junger and Evgeny Morozov have conveyed the message of an alternative America in Berlin. She studied European History at Harvard University and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers and on internet platforms like the “Wall Street Journal Europe”, “Spiegel Online”, and “Die Welt”.