<videovortex> Fwd: CuratingYouTube presents: ANONYMOUS: SHARED IDENTITY IN THE ERA OF A GLOBAL NETWORKED SOCIETY.

Vera Tollmann vera.tollmann at gmx.net
Thu Sep 29 16:14:07 CEST 2011


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> > Betreff: CuratingYouTube presents: ANONYMOUS: SHARED IDENTITY IN THE
> > ERA OF A GLOBAL NETWORKED SOCIETY.
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> > ANONYMOUS: SHARED IDENTITY IN THE
> > ERA OF A GLOBAL NETWORKED SOCIETY.
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> > ANONYMOUS: SHARED IDENTITY IN THE
> > ERA OF A GLOBAL NETWORKED SOCIETY.
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> > the online
> > exhibition
> > starts on 
> > September
> > 29th, 2011
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> > On September 29th, 2011 on the
> > occasion of the festival
> > 'TodaysArt 2011', CuratingYouTube
> > will open the online exhibition
> > „Anonymous: Shared Identity in the
> > era of a global networked Society'
> > at the Speed show 'Landscape
> > Deconstructing Social Networks and
> > Web 2.0'.
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> > The exhibition attempts to give an
> > overview of the movement of the
> > Internet-activists 'Anonymous'
> > through a comparative and
> > aesthetic investigation in the
> > form of a series of video-grids
> > including videos that were made by
> > the activists in the course of
> > their protests activities. 
> > 
> > 'Anonymous' is applying the medium
> > 'web video' in order to announce
> > its activities taking place on the
> > Internet and in real space, as
> > well as call for others to
> > participate. Thus, the videos
> > should be seen as an important
> > interface between the Internet and
> > the so-called real world. 
> > Due to their specific aesthetics,
> > the videos have constituted a kind
> > of 'corporate identity' related to
> > 'Anonymous'. Their film language,
> > their aesthetic appearance and
> > their style were therefore
> > constitutive of the entire
> > movement. 
> > 
> > As explicitly leaderless group
> > with a political orientation,
> > centered around human rights like
> > free speech and free access for
> > information, 'Anonymous' makes use
> > of the network structures and the
> > social network, its services and
> > platforms like Twitter, IRC,
> > 4chan, youtube, etc. by using
> > these forms of communication to
> > organize upcoming peaceful
> > protests. Although the members act
> > anonymously, some user groups such
> > as 4chan, the Chaos Computer Club
> > and The Pirate Bay are associated
> > with 'Anonymous'. 
> > In 2008 'Anonymous' became
> > generally known with the 'Project
> > Chantology', an extensive protest
> > against the Church of Scientology.
> > That campaign already revealed the
> > specific culture of protest that
> > 'Anonymous' is using to this day:
> > Internet-organized real-world
> > demonstrations combined with
> > Internet activism as DDoS attacks,
> > video messages and video
> > documentation of the protests,
> > with the call to join them. Since
> > then, a series of so-called
> > 'anon-operations' followed: e.g.
> > 'Operation Payback,' which was
> > directed against the opponents of
> > Wikileaks, or 'Operation
> > Didgeridie' and 'Operation
> > Tunisia'. In the course of both
> > operations, 'Anonymous' accused
> > the governments of Australia and
> > Tunisia of violating the right to
> > freedom of expression.
> > Since 2010 state agencies
> > reinforced their investigations
> > against 'Anonymous' and began
> > arresting alleged members of the
> > movement. Currently 'Anonymous'
> > participates in the campaign
> > 'Operation Wall Street' or
> > '#occupywallstreet', that has been
> > taking place since the 17th
> > September 2011 in the form of an
> > occupation of Wall Street
> > following the example of peaceful
> > demonstrators of 'the Arabic
> > spring' or those who occupied
> > public squares in Spain. 
> > 
> > The usage or the performance of a
> > shared identity began on
> > image-boards like 4chan where
> > users posted pictures and comments
> > using the multiple-user-name
> > 'anonymous'. Shared identities can
> > be designed in the form of a
> > 'character' (avatar or fictional
> > character) or in a more abstract
> > way with the aim to identify
> > common goals and philosophical or
> > political ideas. A shared identity
> > is formed by the users while
> > building internal rules and
> > recurrent or recognizable concepts
> > and signs such as linguistic or
> > pictorial patterns that are used
> > in a heraldic form (using simple
> > design tools in an interpretive
> > way) not only in order to be a
> > part of the corporate identity for
> > a self-chosen period but also in
> > order to shape it.
> > 
> > 'Anonymous' uses YouTube as a
> > publishing platform. Frequent
> > copies and remixes of the videos
> > as part of the shared identity
> > 'Anonymous' as well as of the
> > common usage of YouTube can also
> > be understood as an emphatic
> > process of transformation from the
> > specific languages of videos (what
> > is an artistic and aesthetic
> > activity) into a political
> > statement. The videos on YouTube
> > are arranged through a simple
> > recognition effect based on theirs
> > formal language, although, at the
> > same time, these forms of
> > identification become dynamic
> > because of the the permanent
> > modifications, adaptations and
> > rearrangements made by the users.
> > The specific 'Anonymous-style',
> > its common practice of
> > appropriation, citation,
> > modification and rearrangements of
> > video-sequences, sounds and texts,
> > finds its 'natural environment' on
> > YouTube while spreading out on the
> > Internet in a viral and dynamic
> > way.
> > 
> > To provide the complexity of the
> > iconography of the web video -
> > film language, the exhibition has
> > put together a series of
> > multi-channel-video-installation-grids.
> > In the merging and contrasting of
> > different videos that were posted
> > by 'Anonymous' on YouTube, the
> > exhibition visitors are encouraged
> > to consider the specific means of
> > representation and
> > self-presentation of a new form of
> > protest culture and 'artificial
> > identity', as well as to perceive
> > the various references to past
> > political and other cultural
> > figures.
> > The 'Anonymous - videos' make use
> > of an arsenal of characters and
> > methods, which can be critically
> > considered. Nevertheless, the
> > exhibition wants to convey the
> > productive tension built by the
> > friction of the different
> > propagandistic funds, brand
> > strategies and artistic methods
> > that 'Anonymous' uses in order to
> > constitute a collective or shared
> > identity via a dynamic aesthetic
> > and to provoke grassroots
> > protests.
> > 
> > curated by Sakrowski for CYT with
> > support from Ute Fischer
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