Friday, June 5, 2015

A full day seminar on Resistance Studies at Gothenburg University, Sweden

A full day seminar on Resistance Studies 
organized by RESIST and CSM 

(Forum for Civil Society and Social Movement Research, Dep. of Sociology, GU,
8 June 10-16, at C417, School of Global Studies, GU, (Map:  
10-12  Seminar on temporality and resistance, with Prof. Tomas Johansson with Andreas Ottemo from Dep of Pedagogics, GU, and Christina Hansen, PhD Candidate, Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change (MUSA) Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University. 
12-13 Lunch at Gyllene Prag,
13-15 Seminar on Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism & Businesswith Dr. Tatiana Bazzichelli, Artistic Director from Berlin: (See more info below on her presentation.)
15-16 Launch of the first issue of the new Journal of Resistance Studies, with the Editor Stellan Vinthagen, Deputy editor Jörgen Johansen and one of the authors, Dr Christopher Kullenberg. We will celebrate the first issue with Champagne! 
Organizers from RESIST: Mona Lilja (, 786 58 19), Michael Schulz (, 786 13 80), 
Stellan Vinthagen ( and Mikael Baaz (, 786 58 04)
Networked Disruption: 
Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism & Business
Tatiana Bazzichelli describes the concept of Business Disruption as an opportunity to imagine new possible routes of social and political action. Distributed, autonomous and decentralised networking practices of disruption become a means for rethinking oppositional hacktivist and artistic strategies within the framework of art and business.
This workshop draws upon the book by Tatiana Bazzichelli Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking, DARC Press, Aarhus University, 2013 ( In the business world, disruption means to introduce into the market an innovation that the market does not expect. This innovation comes from within the market itself. Transferred into the field of art and activism, disruption means to generate practices and interventions that are unexpected, and play within the systems under scrutiny. Art, hacktivism and business are often intertwined, generating a feedback loop of revolutions and co-optations that is functional to the development of capitalism. Capitalism needs our revolutions because they generate new lifestyles, products and practices that create new markets and consumer desires. Similarly, systems of power need our resistance and opposition because they serve to increase security and forms of control. The challenge is to find new strategies that go beyond the mere act of opposition and that are harder to appropriate.
In this workshop we adopt the concept of disruption from business and we discuss works that emerge from within political, economical, technological and art systems.  The aim is to analyse hacker and artistic practices through business instead of in opposition to it. The analysis poses the following question: Is it possible to respond critically to business without either being co-opted by it or refusing it? Is criticism only possible through opposition? The notion of disruptive business becomes a means for describing immanent practices of hackers, artists, networkers and entrepreneurs, which are analysed through specific case studies, connecting critical practices between Europe and US. By describing the practices of hackers and artists who work within business, we will reflect on different modalities of generating criticism, shedding light on contradictions and ambiguities both in capitalistic logic and in art and hacktivist strategies, while rethinking oppositional practices in the context of information economy.
Tatiana Bazzichelli is an independent curator and researcher on hacktivism and network culture. She is the Artistic Director of the Disruption Network Lab, a laboratory of research and practice on art, hacktivism and disruption, based in Berlin. In 2011-2014 she was curator at transmediale festival in Berlin initiating the reSource transmedial culture, the programme of transmediale that happens throughout the year, and curating the festival editions 2012-2014. In 2012 she joined the Centre for Digital Cultures /Leuphana University of Lüneburg, working as a Post-Doctoral researcher. In 2011, she received a PhD degree in Information and Media Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Aarhus University in Denmark. Her dissertation. Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (DARC Press, 2013), contributed in setting the basis for the Research Idea “Disruptive Innovation in Digital Art/Activism and Business”, Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University. In 2009 she was a visiting scholar at the H-STAR, the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute of Stanford University in California. She wrote the book Networking: The Net as Artwork (Costa & Nolan, 2006 /DARC Press, 2008) and co-edited with Geoff Cox Disrupting Business: Art and Activism in Times of Financial Crisis (Autonomedia, 2013). Active in the Italian hacker community since the end of the ’90s, her project AHA:Activism-Hacking-Artivism won the honorary mention for digital communities at Ars Electronica 2007. She is born in Rome andsince 2003 she lives and works in Berlin.