The Program

Here you find the topics we want to discuss and the things we want to do during our stay in the Hybrid Workspace at documenta X. There are only a few people physically present in Kassel, but we have planned a lot of videoconferences, telephone interviews and other online connections with people and organisations around the world. We'll make daily reports on our website and you can follow and participate in the discussions in the DDS Magazine, the Documenta site and in the newsgroup

The program is very flexible. We invite everyone to join all the discussions and debates. We will also invite the other guests of Documenta to participate in this project. Please give us your suggestions, remarks, and let us know in which part of the program you would like to participate.

Friday August 8th:

15.00: opening
Introduction of the Tactical Media Network by David Garcia and Menno Grootveld.

16.00: HIP (Hacking in Progress, 3 days hackers meeting in Almere, Holland)
Live showing of a presentation at HIP by (Webcam and real audio)
"Together with a small group of engaged computer professionals, organized Eurostop in June, 1997. They covered the alternative and radical events around the European intergovernmental top meeting on the internet, by feeding as much information and AV as they could find, to the Eurostop web site. will give a presentation of what they did there, and of their other projects."
special attention for

1700: HIP: Tactical Media Forum: TMN, IIMF, video link with Toronto, Kassel, Almere
Discussion concerning the tactical media network, net activism and the formation of an International Independent Media Federation and the importance of this Canadian/American initiative for Europe.
"This initiative may be a real possibility to connect radical media and enhance the cooperation between them". Contrast invited several people to discuss this idea. They would welcome the foundation of a European Chapter of the International Independent Media Federation, and hope that the exchange will be inspiring.
see also the article at: Media Collective Toronto

Saturday 9

Day Program:
More video links with the HIP, showing of lectures, small debates, chat sessions and interviews.
Live from HIP:

16.00: Bert Mulder, information advisor of the Dutch Parliament
IT's future: transforming governing, economy and education At the end of the 20th century we transform human culture and activity on a global scale. The development of IT is often seen as the cause of these large developments. It makes discussion move between IT as the harbinger of bad news and IT as the basic force for the utopia. But the changes are far wider and deeper than that and cannot be attributed to technology alone. But technology catalyzes the changes: how will IT change government, education and economy? Are the new models of development such as the Internet and the powerful contribution of hackers a view on the new way of organizing human activity? Are we hacking the future and who makes the rules? Bert Mulder has a background in psychology, was head of the information department of Hollands largest broadcasting organization Veronica, independant consultant for strategic use of media and information systems in business, government, education and culture. He is currently the information advisor of the dutch parliament.

17.00: Radikal
The german government has banned a political magazine called Radikal and labelled it a "terrorist publikation". It's availability on the Internet and the subsequent government pressure on providers to block access to the radikal web page and all other pages on the XS4ALL server has sparked heated debate in and outside of german borders. Sabine Helmers is a german Internet researcher and together with Andy Mueller-Maguhn she'll update you on what happened, why it happened, and what's likely to happen next.

Night Program:
Live connections with the HIP: music, interviews, conversations, nerdtalk, beer, and more.

Sunday 10

16.00: Electronic Data Systems
Frank Rieger and padeluun talk about Electronic Data Systems, the largest company in 'outsourcing' computing facilities. You may not know them, but they sure know you: All flights are booked by the 'Amadeus booking system', they make the deals with Master-, Amex and Visa cards. Their income is 34 Billion US$. They are operating world wide and they are great in getting contracts concerning very sensitive data. They are working for governments in many countries and for large corporations. They have the power of knowing everything. Their founder was the very conservative us presidential candidate Ross Perot.

17.00: Information Warfare panel
A panel of hackers will discuss the current trends in the military establishment regarding 'Information wars'

The program for Monday till Saturday 16th is not fixed yet but these are the topics:

1. Silvia Mejia, Colombia. She was the winner of the award for producing the best documentary on women and development and uses video as therapy for women prisoners in Colombia: "First I would like to expose and illustrate with video examples,the process of video-therapy which we have been implementing here in Colombia with women in jail and pregnant adolescents. The second issue which we think is extremely important to pay attention to, is the VIRTUAL SOCIETY, its dangers and alternatives of how to face it. It will be good to organize a discussion about the social and spiritual implications of Globalization, virtual reality, and other technological projections for the future. During this discussion space I would like to bring up the concept of TECHNOLOGY, illustrating it with captions."

2. 'Former Yugoslavia' - Video: 'Closure of independent radio stations'
- Showing of 'Zombietown', Belgrade during the war
- A link with the independent radio station B92 to discuss the present situation
- Interview with Boro Kontic, who teaches journalists in former Yugoslavia how to be objective. An interview about the so-called independent media
- Video: 'Mafia in Belgrade', interview with the producer

3. Migrant Media
- The Netherlands: videotape by Migrant TV in Amsterdam and an interview on video with Gerard Retijch, chief editor of Migrant Media
- Migrant media in Great Britain
- On-line discussion with Salto, the open channel in Amsterdam

4. Eco Warriors
Great Britain: groups like Undercurrents, Small World, MacLibel, and personal initiatives concerning eco issues.
- A video by Kevin Jarvis about the remarkable protests against new roads through ancient woods. Hopefully an on-line discussion with Kevin Jarvis and people from Ruigoort, who are dealing wit a similar situation in Holland and who are being trained by the British how to protest successfully.
- The MacLibel case against MacDonalds
- A videotape by Gargi Sen from India about ecological problems in India and the way tactical media makers deal with that. A live interview with Gargi Sen.

5. Networks
Tactical Media Network
International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), Canada
Toronto Media Collective
Paper Tiger/Deep Dish
Agencia Informativa Pulsar (Latin America radio news agency)
Free Speech TV
International Independent Media Federation
What are the wishes and possibilities for collaboration.
Interviews with Kristina Stockwood (IFEX) and Bruce Gerard (Agencia Informativa Pulsar)

6. People's Communication Charter
A project seeking to give the rights of media access and literacy the same status as other human or civil rights. The Tactical Media Network hosts the PCC. An interview with one of the initiators, professor Cees Hamelinck.