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SAMIZDATA: Evidence of Conspiracy


Jacob Appelbaum
11TH SEPTEMBER - 31ST OCTOBER, 2015

Opening: 10 September, 6pm

NOME Gallery presents SAMIZDATA: Evidence of Conspiracy, Jacob Appelbaum’s first solo show in Germany, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. In cooperation with Disruption Network Lab.
The title of the show references the Russian word “samizdat”, an important form of dissident activity throughout the former Soviet bloc in which censored literature was clandestinely reproduced and distributed. Transferred to the 21st century, the activity also resonates with aspects of the Snowden Affair and WikiLeaks as regards the distribution of information that places involved people at risk.
For the first time, the artist is showing a series of six color infrared photos as cibachrome prints, portraits of his own network of colleagues and friends: Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda, Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, William Binney and Ai Weiwei. The works were originally created as a sign of admiration and respect for the portrayed people and for their work that led to the “Snowden Affair” and beyond.
Appelbaum uses color infrared photography film that was originally produced to detect camouflaged targets and for use in agricultural surveillance and forensics investigations, to produce pictures that reveal more information than standard film.
The second exhibition piece is P2P (Panda to Panda), a collaboration with internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei, commissioned by Rhizome and the New Museum in New York in 2015. For the work, the two artists shredded NSA documents once given to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald and stuffed them into panda bears in Ai Weiwei’s home town of Beijing. Inside each panda, Weiwei and Appelbaum placed a micro SD memory card containing a surprise. The pandas were smuggled out of Beijing and traveled around the world, thus building a human network of smuggled information: Samizdat/a.
The third work, Schuld, Scham und Angst consists of pieces of jewelry filled with mixed media, shredded journalistic notes and historical, unredacted classified documents from the Summer of Snowden and the following years. The title relates to the emotions of journalists working with these materials: “fear”, the feeling that leads to the shredding of documents, “guilt” and “shame” in cognizance of the fact that journalists, too, have become collaborators in a culture of secrecy.
The work was created in collaboration with Manuela Benetton, Berit Gilma and Luzi Tornado.
Jacob Appelbaum is a post national independent computer security researcher, journalist and artist. He lives and works in Berlin.
SAMIZDATA: Evidence of Conspiracy is presented in collaboration with SAMIZDATA: Tactics and Strategies for Resistance by Disruption Network Lab, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli at Kunstquartier Bethanien, September 11-12, 2015.



More informations about the conference here: http://www.disruptionlab.org.

Linkback: http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/event-calendar/31/samizdata-evidence-of-conspiracy-jacob-appelbaums-first-solo-show-in-berlin/34371/

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Glenn Greenwald & David Miranda (São Paulo), 2012

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Julian Assange (Undisclosed location outside of London), 2012

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Jacob Appelbaum is a post national independent computer security researcher, journalist and artist. He lives and works in Berlin.

I thought he was a computer activist, not a "journalist".

Good one. But let's not forget that Russia spies a lot too and even Snowden pointed out some Russian issues.

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He has collaborated on authoring the book "Cyberpunks" with Assange and one other I believe. I guess that qualifies him as a journalist. Not sure. Some do not even think Assange is a journalist... more just a publisher. 

  It is interesting that this group do not acknowledge Russia's own spying and surveillance. Snowden really went out on a limb recently and stated how bad he felt Russia was on those issues. Yet the Assange camp just ignore it?? 

  I really wonder sometimes. So many of this group run to Berlin and hide. Then they go on and on about how bad and dangerous the US/NSA is, yet ignore Russia? Maybe it is because in Berlin they are just a stones throw away from Russia? Yet Snowden is actually in Russia, and still willing to speak out. 

  Yes, this is all very interesting.
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He's an activist and a book author. 
Assange a publisher... Had Assange done what he was doing at the beginning, posting information in general, he would be still considered a journalist.

I like Appelbaum way more than JA, he looks more rational and moderate.

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It is interesting that this group do not acknowledge Russia's own spying and surveillance. Snowden really went out on a limb recently and stated how bad he felt Russia was on those issues. Yet the Assange camp just ignore it?? 

This is a great point.
Indeed Snowden despite being one-sided has admitted that Russia too is probably doing the same of the US' NSA, so we know that his leaks are partial but that he is aware of the problems of the other states and he is not a pro-Kremlin agenda; he may have favourited Russia but is not totally unbalanced.

The wikileaks group instead seems to be completely missing the "Communist Alliance"'s insider problems and is also often avoiding to directly condemn the "Salafist group"'s issue (that is damaging Russia too). The main focus of the WL group are only the US.

... Berlin... Yeah exactly Berlin! Do they remember that till some decades ago there was a wall in Berlin, forbidding everybody to cross the border between "West Germany" and "East Germany" exactly because of the European bad ties with Russia?
The Cold War is still present, now become almost a ww3 and played on Syrian soil, Iraqi soil, Ukrainian soil and other countries that risk to be dragged in the conflicts. I think for objectivity who is in the middle and is spreading news should try to watch at all the faces of this "not so cold war".

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It is strange... Berlin. Why Berlin? Appelbaum, Harrison, and Poitras all have gone there to seek refuge.

 Another interesting note is the proceeds from the above exhibit went to the Ed Snowden defense fund who is not included in the pictures above. Assange who is in the pictures, was not listed as getting any proceeds from this. Weird.


 I still suspect something fishy about Assange being listed as a part of the Courage Found Fund board in some capacity. I think he is angling himself somehow to get his hands on Snowden funds.

 As for Appelbaum, I like him OK. He does some pretty cool stuff, but he can get a little too extreme sometimes...
like here on twitter....

  "Support the @libraryfreedom project against fascist DHS pigs:"

 https://twitter.com/ioerror/status/642128466872266752

 I would not call the DHS "fascist pigs", they do have a job to do and in this day and age of ISIS, he is not going to get full support with that kind of attitude. He was arguing for the right of public libraries to provide TOR as an option when people come to libraries to use the internet. First of all, libraries are funded by tax payers and there are plenty of tax payers that would disagree with the use of TOR for many reason. Second of all, I understand his side too, but he is not going to find common middle ground agreements with he other side by calling them "fascist pigs"

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Applebaum is totally paranoid but it´s not his fault. His father is the issue. He also is no matter of national interest like he wants to let everybody think if it comes to him as individual. this wikileaks people inside it´s own cult take pictures of each other to let them look like heroes in a self-created paranoid hacking world.


"Hector X. Monsegur [email protected]  16. Juni
@ioerror I don't think you comprehend English. I've told you plainly that the FBI gave no shits about you. Pardon my French."

You can find this here in a well I say "Paranoid-Twitter-Convo" have fun reading it :-)
https://twitter.com/hxmonsegur/status/610605387012706304

And here is another point about egoism and self importance ;-)
https://twitter.com/ioerror/status/562614832353267712

It is very interesting to follow this red line through the whole wikileaks-community. egoism. still your best friend in HUMINT you could say.

Assange fears the Pigeon.

https://goo.gl/QjIHja


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