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

Michelle O'Brien michelle at supermarkt-berlin.net
Wed May 21 10:15:00 CEST 2014

The SUPERMARKT team are in!

See you on the Magical Secrecy Tour. Looking forward.


On 19/05/14 20:15, Kristoffer Gansing wrote:
>> 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:
>> http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-magical-secrecy-tour-tickets-11635647535
>> 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
>> http://www.transmediale.de
>> 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
>> surprises!).
>> Hope very much to see some of you on the bus and later that night at NK!
>> best wishes,
>> Kristoffer
>> 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.


Michelle O'Brien
Programme Co-curator & Creative Producer

Brunnenstr 64, 13355 Berlin
+49 1577 656 7378

michelle at supermarkt-berlin.net
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