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The Influencers

Festival of non-conventional art, guerrilla communication, radical entertainment

DIS

They work across a wide range of formats, most recently transitioning platforms from an online magazine to a video-streaming edutainment channel on dis.art.

Shu Lea Cheang

"Cheang does with Internet technologies what Pasolini did with film, and Kathy Acker with literature: turn a medium against itself only to reconnect it with political history and social agency. In doing so, the post-Internet digital avant-garde, to which Cheang belongs, challenges the aesthetics of Internet global capitalism and the politics of identity construction fueled by social media and exploited by marketing and political control alike.

Shanzhai Lyric

Conceived by artists and researchers Ming Lin and Alexandra Tatarsky, the project takes inspiration from the experimental English of shanzhai (i.e.

Chim↑Pom

They are a Japanese art collective established in 2005 and emerged from the "lost generation", young people raised after the burst of the economic bubble in the early 21st century. Chim↑Pom develop ingenious forms of social criticism through paradoxical or absurd projects, drawn by everything that is considered marginal or dangerous as a catalyst to expose the paradox of social safety and consumer nihilism, from dissected Tokyo’s “super-rats” to American visitor centers at the Mexican side of the border, or an auction of remains of landmine explosions in war zones.

Jaromil

Author of what has been dubbed as “the most elegant forkbomb ever written”, he is also an expert in the politics of technology, especially regarding the Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Cyber Security. In the last couple of decades planetary-scale computation precipitated the ongoing transformation of existing jurisdictions and disciplinary realms, a trend that is both depicted and tackled by the notion of algorithmic sovereignty.

Monira Al Qadiri

Petrochemicals in Purgatory

How about a future without oil? That is the main theme of the research that Monira Al Qadiri performes at The Influencers . Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait, and educated in Japan, Al Qadiri adopts a range of imaginative strategies to shape histories both personal and political: Arab soap operas, Gulf War–era images of burning Kuwaiti oil fields, traditional elegiac songs, decontextualized industrial artifacts, and science fiction all figure in her manifold work, which subtly puts otherwise unnoticed networks of capital and labor into the foreground.

Clusterduck

This interdisciplinary collective working at the crossroads of research, design and digital subcultures, presents their most recent research about the bizarre and often awkward ways internet cultures are making politization visible, and how it mutates into something unrecognizable or obscene.

Mitra Azar

DoppelGANger

DoppelGANger is a research about human faces automatically generated by a GAN system, a field in artificial intelligence in which two neural networks compete against each other to learn and autonomously produce an output. The first installment is the result of a collaboration between the festival and the renowned Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland).

Omsk Social Club

Omsk Social Club uses Live Action Role Play (LARP) and Real Game Play (RGP) to induce states that could potentially be fiction or a yet unlived reality for the players. Omsk’s RGPs examine virtual egos and popular experiences creating hybrids of modern day culture alongside unique personal experiences, within landscapes such as rave culture, survivalism, positive trolling, algorithmic strategies and decentralized cryptocurrency.

Katja Novitskova

In the last few years Katja Novitskova emerged as one of the most innovative visual artists in the so-called "post-internet" scene. After the release of the famous Post Internet Survival Guide Novitskova started to investigate the production of imagery by other agents.

Geocinema

Asia Bazdyrieva, researcher, and Solveig Suess, designer and director, are promoters of Geocinema, a profect on cinema, data and territory that explores the global network of cameras, sensors and others as if it wer a single device. Her latest project focuses on the  so-called "New Silk Road" of the Chinese government.

James Bridle

The Influencers 2017

During The Influencers 2017 festival, the British artist James Bridle presented his research on the evolution of planetary computing systems, a whole network of systems of observation, analysis and prediction of the world around us. For years.

Hasan Elahi

During the last US presidential campaign Donald Trump called all muslims to report about suspicious fellow believers to the FBI, provoking a huge wave of protest and users’ creativity. Hasan Elahi, an American with Bangladeshi roots, was not surprised for a simple reason: he had done the same, repeatedly and almost obsessively since 2002.

Alice Marwick

Trolls, Trumps & Algorithmic Propaganda

Are fake news merely yet another case of political disinformation? Alice Marwick nose-dives into an uncanny and often hateful arena where racism and misogyny blended with irony-saturated Internet subcultures and online sensationalism.

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Unknown Fields Division (Kate Davies & Liam Young)

The Influencers 2017

To meet our insatiable need for mineral and organic resources, we have stained rivers, razed forests and extended deserts. The objects we use every day carry within them the trace of this transformation.

William Binney

The Influencers 2016

Bill Binney explains some of the technology systems the United States government uses to monitor and control the population. After the Snowden case, Binney provided valuable information on governments’ complex mass-surveillance systems and formally called out the illegal and politically dangerous aspects.

The Influencers 2016

Teaser

Year 12 of The Influencers is here, a festival that ventures into the lesser known territories of contemporary art, guerrilla communication and the new digital cultures, with participants such as Kenneth Goldsmith, the creator of Ubuweb, and William Binney, former official at the US National Security Agency.

The Influencers. Ten years of unclassifiable ideas, on and off the information highways.

Bani Brusadin

The Influencers started as an experimental project in 2004, a now far-off age when YouTube was still non-existent and the remixing of popular culture was a complex practice that smacked of the underground. New artistic and activist ferments were emerging from the first wave of digital euphoria and the growing globalisation of ideas: mass culture, [.

Lucia Calvo

Interview with Bani Brusadin

Director of "The Influencers" festival

Bani Brusadin, director of The Influencers festival dedicated to non conventional art, guerrilla communication and radical entertainment features artists participating in the 2013 edition: Chim ↑ Pom, SAM3, Paolo Cirio, Aram Bartholl, Tellervo Kalleinen and John Law.

The Influencers

The Influencers 2017

Teaser

Year 13 of The Influencers is here, a festival that ventures into the lesser known territories of contemporary art, guerrilla communication and the new digital cultures.