The Research Center for Proxy Politics aims to explore and reflect upon the nature of medial networks and their actors, that is, machines and things as well as humans. The proxy, a decoy or surrogate, is today often used to designate a computer server acting as an intermediary for requests from clients. Originating in the Latin procurator, an agent representing others in a court of law, proxies are now emblematic of a post-representational political age, one increasingly populated by bot militias, puppet states, ghostwriters, and communication relays. During the period of the project (September 2014 to August 2017) the center will host a series of workshops at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, revolving around a wide range of relevant topics including the politics of digital networks, the political economy of crypto-currencies, the genealogy of networked thought, the mediality of physical landscapes and strategies of opacity. The center will also conduct material, experimental, investigations into the conception and construction of alternative networks, or alternets.

(Workshop) 18/10 2015  11:00 – 16:00 @ Raum 115

Magnetic Fields

Charles Stankievech

Taking “Counterintelligence”, a show he curated in 2013 at the University of Toronto as a starting point, Charles Stankievech will unfold his research into early warning systems, spying strategies and surveillance strategies from the times of the Second World War through Cold War up to today in Europe and the North of Canada. How are humans, atmosphere and technology entangled? What kind of exchange processes can one discover between military artifacts and the artworks? What sort of interdependencies exist between control and of freedom, security and obscurity? “Counterintelligence” explored “the intersection of art and military intelligence communities tactics such as double agents and ‘security through obscurity’”. In this workshop, Charles Stankievech will talk about the visible invisible, (dis)continuities of military technology and ecologies of military infrastructure.