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Tilmann Abegg, „Enthüller und Vertuscher", Ruhr Nachrichten, 08.04.2016

Torsten Kleinz,Von Whistleblowern und Vigilanten: Widerstand im digitalen Zeitalter“, heise.de, 08.04.2016

Linda März, „Hartware MedienKunstVerein zeigt „Whistleblower & Vigilanten. Figuren des digitalen Widerstands“, ruhrbarone.de, 11.04.2016

Florian Kohl, „Widerstand ist kein homogenes Phänomen – Ausstellung „Whistleblower & Vigilanten“ im U“, lastjunkiesonearth.com, 08.04.2016

Steffen Korthals, „Fight The Power“, atthecontrols.de, 17.04.2016

Justus Hermann, „Nerds, Hacker und andere Helden“ in WDR5 SCALA, 08.04.2016

Peter Backof, „Whistleblower und Vigilanten: Ausstellung über digitalen Widerstand in Dortmund“ in Deutschlandfunk, Corso - Kultur nach 3, 08.04.2016

Thomas Franke, „Figuren des digitalen Widerstands“ in Deutschlandradio Kultur, Kompressor, 08.04.2016

Exhibition „Whistleblowers and Vigilantes. Figures of Digital Resistance“, 09/04/2016 – 14/08/2016, HMKV at Dortmunder U / Design: laborb.de Photographs © www.wikipedia.org; Unabomber + C. Manning: Gemeinfrei; J.Radack + E. Snowden: CC BY 3.0; Anonymous + J. Assange: CC BY-SA 2.0

Whistleblowers & Vigilantes. Figures of Digital Resistance

Dortmunder U | 3rd Floor | 04/09/2016 - 08/14/2016

As early as 1996 artists and net activists such as the Electronic Disturbance Theater and etoy began using “electronic civil disobedience” tactics to attract the public’s attention to the rampant commercialisation of the Internet. Since this time, the radical strand of online activism called ‘internet vigilantism’ or simply ‘digilantism’ has been thriving.

The exhibition “Whistleblowers and Vigilantes. Figures of Digital Resistance” asks what links hacktivists, whistleblowers and (Internet) vigilantes. What is the legal understanding of these different actors? Do they share certain conceptions? Who speaks and acts for whom and in the name of which (higher) right?

Among other issues the exhibition will examine the differing legal conceptions and strategies of self-legitimisation put forth by activists, whistleblowers, hackers, online activists and artists to justify their work.

With works by 419eater.com, Anonymous, Julian Assange, John Perry Barlow, William Binney, Critical Art Ensemble, Cypherpunks, Lutz Dammbeck, DIS, Thomas Drake, Electronic Disturbance Theatre, Daniel Ellsberg, Etoy, Omer Fast, Dominic Gagnon, Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. Unabomber), Neo-Luddism, LulzSec, Chelsea Manning, Tim May, Metahaven, Netzpolitik / #Landesverrat, Trevor Paglen, Peng! Collective, Jesselyn Radack, Milo Rau / IIPM - International Institute of Political Murder, Edward Snowden, Clark Stoeckley, Telecomix, UBERMORGEN, WikiLeaks, a.o.

Curated by Inke Arns and Jens Kabisch

Admission 5 € / 2,50 € reduced

Funders and Partners

Funded by the Arts Foundation | Kunststiftung NRW

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Foundation

Main Funders of HMKV
Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity
Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund
Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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