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Clandestine Talk – Hacker


Online talk with

Patrice Riemens, Stéphane Duguin & Caterina Riva



Lara Favaretto’s series of ‘clandestine talks’ are intended to deconstruct fifty ‘key words’ via a hidden discourse that takes place – according to the artist’s instructions – in a ‘bunker-like’ environment (an undisclosed, protected, and soundproof location within or close to the institution). These ‘key words’ are described by the artist as ‘vital and relevant to dissecting and redefining our present moment’. Each discussion involves three to seven participants, meeting behind closed doors and without a public audience for an undefined period of time during one day. The speakers are rigorously selected by the artist, connecting a variety of disciplines and areas of expertise to bring together different perspectives on the subjects. Each talk is broadcast as a live audio stream, as well as being transcribed and published on the website

Patrice Riemens is a Dutch geographer and culture/Internet activist. He was researcher at the University of Amsterdam from 1987 to 2005, and Fellow of the Waag Society from 1994 till 2014. He was affiliated as propagandist ('F/LOSSopher') of the use of Free Software with the Tactical Technology Collective between 2003 and 2009. He has been mostly involved in Internet activism from the late 1980s till today. He was co-organizer of a number of net-related events and conferences, such as the Galactic Hackers Party (1989). He is member of the Dutch hackers group 'Hippies from Hell' since its beginnings.

Stéphane Duguin is the Chief Executive Officer of the CyberPeace Institute and is based in Geneva. Duguin has spent two decades analysing how technology is weaponised against vulnerable communities. In particular, he has investigated multiple instances of the use of disruptive technologies, such as AI, in the context of counterterrorism, cybercrime, cyberoperations, hybrid threats, and the online use of disinformation techniques.

Caterina Riva is an Italian curator and the Director of MACTE Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Termoli. Previously she was Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (201719) and directed Artspace in Auckland, New Zealand between 2011 and 2014. Riva founded and directed FormContent, a curatorial project space, with Francesco Pedraglio and Pieternel Vermoortel in London (200711).

La série de « discussions clandestines » vise à déconstruire cinquante « mots-clés » en s’appuyant sur un discours caché qui se déploie, selon les instructions de l’artiste, dans un cadre « semblable à un bunker » (un endroit secret, protégé et insonorisé, à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur de l’institution).
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