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Exhibition-Event on media Activism

On 8th February the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" inaugurates AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artvism an exhibition organized by Tatiana Bazzichelli. The main concepts of AHA, making art doing multimedia, are Activism = political activism, Hacking = technological activism, Artivism = artistic activism.

AHA evidences a collective path, as result of a movement that from the beginning of the Eighties struggles for an independent and self-managed use of mass-media (video, computer, radio and written text) and today more than ever, it is demonstrating to be one of the most valid alternatives to the official information.

AHA is born as a thought consequent to the demostrations of July against the G8 Summit of Genoa: territory not only of hard clashes, repression and violence, as most of the mass-media have evidenced, but also an important experience for whom constructs information from the base, with amatorial cameras, movement websites, independent radio networks.

But AHA is also a thinking on artistic experimentation that uses the digital technology in its more vital manifestations, necessarily incarnating the attitude of he critical and self-managed use of mass-media. No more art-works but processes, no more originality but reproducibility, no more rappresentation of a unique genius but a collective action, example of a creative skill that -inserted in a museum- opens the doors and walls.

The aim of AHA is to create a network inside the MLAC, integrating with videos, with LANS with radios and with witten texts. A network composed of independent groups and single activists who act in the mediatic, technological and artistic field.

To name a few: Isole nella Rete, Indymedia Italia, Radio GAP, Strano Network, Tactical Media Crew, Candida TV,,, Autistici/Inventati, copyDOWN,, all the Italian hacker movement, the artists and activists Giacomo Verde, Tommaso Tozzi, the GMM (Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici), Massomo Contrasto, Federico Bucalossi, Claudio Parrini, Ferry Byte, Arclele, Mariano Equizzi (in coproduction with Luca Liggio and the INTERACT), the theatre company Neguvon and the well known mature magazines Decoder and Neural.

Tatiana Bazzichelli, communication sociologist, multimedia designer and organizer of events/workshops on digital art, has been engaged for a long time in carrying ahead a concept of real practical art inside of the collective and in collaboration with the group Strano Network.

The exhibition, that starts from 8th February until 1st March, is part of the exposition series "Laboratorio" proposed within the Dottorato di Ricerca in "Borderart" and within the experimental Stages/Masters of Cura Critica and Installation Museale, commissioned by the director of the Museum, Simonetta Lux, and realized by the organiser of the MLAC Domenico Scudero.

Opening times: monday - friday 10-20.
MLAC. Museo Laboratorio d'Arte Contemporanea: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5. Cittą Universitaria "La Sapienza", Roma.
Info : tel.fax 06 4991 0365.