[resource-net] reSource alert: The Magical Secrecy Tour

Kristoffer Gansing kg at transmediale.de
Mon May 19 20:15:15 CEST 2014

Dear reSource network,

This is a special message to give you the very first chance to acquire
seats for The Magical Secrecy Tour on June 5.
Please visit:

The link above has so far not been shared with anyone else but will be
on Wednesday this week - so this an exclusive limited offer to the
reSource network.

So what would you be buying? Well, if you think that the future of the
transmediale reSource events have been somewhat shrouded in mystery, it
is because we have been indeed been at work in the shadows. Together
with N.K. Projekt and the American writer Leslie Dunton-Downer we now
bring you the Magical Secrecy Tour, an 8-hour bus tour and investigation
into the surveillance culture of Berlin, marking the 1-year anniversary
of the first public news of the Snowden leak.
We have just gone public with the announcement of the event on

As you can see there are public parts of the event in the morning at
Brandenburger Tor and then a full night's programme after the bus tour
at N.K. Projekt. But for the actual bus tour, there is a very limited
amount of tickets available (due to limited seating) and we expect these
seats to be gone in no time so if you are interested in this subject and
want to be part of the one-off tour, better act now.
More details on the event are pasted below and continuously added on our
website (including updates to list of participants but be prepared for
Hope very much to see some of you on the bus and later that night at NK!

best wishes,

June 5, 2014 – a year after Snowden.
8 hours by bus into the surveillance culture of Berlin, plus
whistle-blowing, films and performances.

June 5, 2014 marks one year since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was
introduced to a worldwide public. On this date, transmediale/resource
teams up with N.K. Projekt and Leslie Dunton-Downer, fellow at The
American Academy in Berlin, for a programme exploring Berlin as the
global capital of informed response and resistance to mass surveillance.

The June 5 project interlays the contemporary and the historical to ask
what Berlin's surveillance culture can teach us about the actual powers
of today's data-hungry states, organisations, and corporations. By
addressing this issue, the attempt is to strengthen thriving new
alliances in the resistance to covert massive data collection and
exploitation. The programme invites the city's current composition of
courageous hackers, technology-based artists, radical politicians,
lawyers, journalists, and whistleblowers to outline possible creative
interceptions for the fifth estate.

Detailed Programme

8:00 - 8:30 – Whistleblower Sun Salute (Public Event)

Gather at Brandenburger Tor to welcome June 5 with a whistle-blowing
session led by Colin Hacklander of N.K. Projekt. Bring a whistle to pay
tribute to Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, and to create a
public work of participatory art. Read more.

12:30 - 21:00 – The Magical Secrecy Tour, Berlin by Bus post-Snowden

A one-off investigation into the past, present, and possible futures of
surveillance. Throughout Berlin, passengers discover sites of historic
and current relevance to surveillance culture and the Snowden leaks.
Passengers also join participating artists, activists, and experts in a
rolling "panel" discussion and debate about the significance of Berlin
and possible responses to surveillance culture in the here and now.
Moderated by transmediale artistic director Kristoffer Gansing.

Hints about locations and discussion subjects covered in the tour: sites
of dissidence, the German Constitution, treating humanity as big data,
Martin Luther King & civil disobedience, sousveillance, economic
espionage, data-dealing corporations, digital Stalinism, the legacy
of hacker culture for self-exiles in post-Snowden Berlin, and (of
course!) Merkel's Handy.

21:00 – Happening at N.K. Projekt, Elsenstraße 52, 12059 Neukölln
(Public Event)
Door charge: €10

N.K. Projekt curates an exceptional evening with musicians and artists
responding to data politics, surveillance & privacy issues, cultures of
fear and Snowden's actions. Come hear sonified metadata; experiments in
computer-controlled instruments and stroboscopes; algorithmic
composition via different programming environments; and see familiar NSA
slides in a new light. With Mattin, Jan Tilman Schade, Hacklander\Hatam
with Fredrik Olofsson, Matthew Goodheart, Paul Brody, The New Berlin
Oriental Quintet, and others... Read more.

FUSE: applied algorithmic decay & controlled experiments in encryption -
Prepare for June 5th by listening to the US Constitution, German
Constitution, UN Declaration of Human Rights & A Declaration of the
Independence of Cyberspace in states of change and contradiction,
embodying the residual & renewable allure of authority and its
opposites. A production by Farah Hatam, Colin Hacklander and Leslie
Dunton-Downer. This piece's 3-day saga will reach its dramatic/temporary
conclusion at N.K. Projekt on June 5 during the Happening. Tune in here
for the live stream on June 3-5.

Also premiering at transmediale.de and screened at N.K. Projekt
Lars and Jonathan: A Berlin Friendship - German actor Lars Eidinger +
American novelist Jonathan Lethem teamed up with director Amy Barrett to
make a short fiction film that playfully engages questions about trust
and friendship in the post-Snowden world. Watch this space for online
viewing of the film!

Go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/transmediale/sets/72157644268698039/
for a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew of Lars and Jonathan
on location at The American Academy in Berlin.

The Magical Secrecy Tour is co-produced by transmediale/resource, N.K.
Projekt and Leslie Dunton-Downer.

Kristoffer Gansing – artistic director
Klosterstr. 68, 10179 Berlin, Germany - tel +49 30 24749 769 - fax +49
30 24749 760, Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, Amtsgericht Berlin
Charlottenburg, HRB 41312 B, Stellv. Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrates: Dr.
Christa Juretzka, Geschäftsführer Moritz van Dülmen

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