Speaker: !Mediengruppe Bitnik
!Mediengruppe Bitnik (read: the not mediengruppe bitnik) live and work in Zurich/London. Using Hacking as an artistic strategy, their works re-contextualise the familiar to allow for new readings of established structures and mechanisms. !Mediengruppe Bitnik's works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues.
Their works are shown internationally and have received several prizes.
They have been known to intervene into Londons surveillance space by hijacking CCTV cameras and replacing the video images with an invitation to play chess. In early 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent a parcel to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. The parcel contained a camera which broadcast its journey through the postal system live on the internet. They call this work a SYSTEM_TEST and a Live Mail Art Piece.
!Mediengruppe Bitniks works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues.
Their works have been shown internationally including:
La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, NiMk Amsterdam, Space Gallery London, BAC Bâtiment d‘art contemporain Geneva, Cabaret Voltaire Zurich, HMKV Dortmund, Beton7 Athens, Share Torino, Museum Folkwang Essen, Ars Electronica Linz, Contaimporary Art Center Vilnius, Kunsthaus Zurich, Gallery EDEN 343 São Paulo and the Roaming Biennale Teheran
They have received awards including:
Swiss Art Award, Migros New Media Jubilee Award, Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica
Carmen Weisskopf, 1976, Switzerland
Domagoj Smoljo, 1979, Croatia
Other members: Adnan Hadzi, Daniel Ryser.