WORLD-INFORMATION.ORG @ SERBIA
22 March to 5 April, 2003
Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad
19 April to 5 May, 2003
Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade.
Biotechnology Convergence / Slaves and Expert Systems / Disinformation and Democracy Infrastructure Control / Money Networks / Databody Economy / Digital Security / Intellectual Property / Intelligence Networks / Corporate Public Relations / Infobody Attack
The transition from the industrial to the information society has led to major changes in nearly all spheres of human activity. World-Information.Org addresses the deep structural transformations that result from the rise of electronic information and communication technologies and by way of its exhibition and conference program as well as its web presence disseminates an understanding of their cultural, societal and political implications.
In continuing its series of international presentations, World-Information.Org is now preparing a comprehensive program in Serbia The World-Information Exhibition will be shown from 22 March to 5 April, 2003, at Novi Sad's Museum of Vojvodina, and from 19 April to 5 May, 2003, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. By means of exhibits and visual diagrams, interactive installations and digital artworks the exhibition will offer visitors up to date information on the impact of the expansion of worldwide communication and information networks on various aspects of society and people’s professional and private lives.
A new security paradigm overshadows the world of technology and communication. Conflicts are increasingly affecting the Infosphere. Communication technologies are becoming carriers for media PR, while psychological "truth projection" operations are turning into socio-technical engineering challenges. The World-Information Forum on “Total DisInformation Awareness: Conflict, Control and Freedom of Information” will be held on 20 April, 2003, in Belgrade and will scrutinize this recent development. The conference will act as an open and interdisciplinary forum to discuss questions such as: “How can transparency of the control of information flows and production be promoted rather than an opaque system of unaccountable information dominance? How can it be assured that the public interest is represented in a balanced way?” Speakers will include Mathias Broeckers (DE), Steve Kurtz (US), Petar Milat (CR), Sjoera Nas (NL), Marko Peljhan (SI) and Gordan Paunovic (YU).
Rounding off the exhibition and the conference will be the World-Information Lounge; taking place from 23 March to 5 April, 2003, at Novi Sad’s Museum of Vojvodina where presentations and lectures from artists, activists, professionals and scientist as well as discussions will take place.
World-Information Exhibition Program
World-Infostructure visualizes subject matter linked to various aspects of the information society. It represents the results of the research program that has been carried out in connection with World-Information.Org since autumn 1999 and also forms the base of World-Information.Org’s online knowledge database. On 32 information displays World-Infostructure illustrates issues associated with the development of digital media, new communication codes and tools, and sophisticated technical instruments e.g. the increasing use of biometric devices or the application of data mining for direct marketing purposes. The findings of World-Infostructure’s research activities have also been published as “Die Politik der Infosphäre. World-Information.Org.” by the Center for Civic Education, Bonn , and Leske+Budrich, Leverkusen.
Command, control, computer and communication (C4) are the keywords for the visitors' encounter with current and historic surveillance and control technologies such as implantable tracking devices and fingerprint scans. Especially in the aftermath of the events of 11 September, 2001, governments, police and intelligence agencies have reinforced and extended their surveillance and eavesdrop systems. Besides displaying some of the technologies, which are used in this context World-C4U presents arts projects such as [RT-32] - ACOUSTIC.SPACE.LAB, NEVA Network Analysis (Marko Peljhan) or Safe Distance (kuda.org) that examine and question these developments.
Future Heritage shows the rich, diverse and vital variety of electronic culture. It exhibits the works of well-known and international artists such as Apsolutno, 0100101110101101.ORG, Critical Art Ensemble and Darko Fritz that experiment and operate with new media and present-day technologies. Their projects build a bridge between traditional artistic practice and the possibilities that evolved with the diffusion of electronic networks and digital devices - they represent what will be the cultural heritage of tomorrow.
World-Information.Org is an initiative of Public Netbase/t0 and organized in cooperation with kuda.org and Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade.
World-Information.Org is realized with the support of: Fund for an Open Society (YU), Open Society Institute (HU), Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade (YU), Executive Board of City Assembly Novi Sad (YU), Province Secretary for Education and Culture (YU), Department for Cultural Affairs / City of Vienna (AT), Department of Cultural Affairs / Neue Kunstsektion (AT), Vojvođanska banka (YU), Energosoft (YU), NSpointNET (YU), Studio Berar (YU), Informatika (YU), Ovation Advertising (YU), Bit Computers (YU), Computer Dream (YU), Pristop (YU), Friends of IBM (DE), Museum of Army History (AT) and Bergdata (AT).