The National AHA Community meeting at the S.A.L.E. in Venice
The national ahaCamping meeting will take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October 2008 at the S.A.L.E in Venice (The Salt Warehouses, Dorsoduro 187-188). The AHA mailing list, hosted by the Italian independent server Isole Nella Rete (Islands in the Net), is the core of the networking project AHA:Activism-Hacking-Artivism http://www.ecn.org/aha, which was founded in 2001 by Tatiana Bazzichelli aka T_Bazz and was awarded in 2007 at the ARS Electronica Festival in Linz with an Honorary Mention.
In March 2008, the firstname.lastname@example.org community has met to organize a future ahaCamp in Italy, around the themes of hacktivism and artistic activism (this initiative has been hosted by Turin's Share Festival). The ahaCamping was created from the need of approximately 600 subscribers of email@example.com to meet each other for the first time face to face, to discuss the themes of artistic, political and technological activism, in a situation that is very different to that which existed when the list was initially created.
Themes such as the analysis of Web 2.0 (in economical, social and technological terms), the relationships between artistic activities and digital technologies, and the linguistic and relational deconstruction of “communication” practices are just a few of the core themes of the meeting. The meeting aims to create nets, to enable the sharing of projects and to build new interventions for the future in artistic and technological fields. The ahaCamp therefore exists as a space whereby to discuss and share knowledge, with the objective of learning and sharing practices and knowledge in a free environment without censorship.
By adopting the same strategies of Hackmeetings (http://www.hackmeeting.org), the ahaCamping is organised and managed directly by the participants, who can suggest seminars or projects that they intend to share on the list as well as on the free and open wiki created especially for the occasion: http://isole.ecn.org/aha/camper: a nomadic space that offers further possibilities other than the list in order to share projects, ideas, files, videos, documents, music, etc..
AHA:Activism-Hacking-Artivism is an artistic networking project founded in 2001 by Tatiana Bazzichelli aka T_Bazz. AHA is a networking operation created by diverse subjects and activated by contamination/integration of a multitude of media and events, where the common denominator is hacktivism and artistic and political activism. AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism focuses on the activist collectives in Italy and abroad that use media in an independent fashion, through exhibitions, events, and meetings organised by T_Bazz along with other curators that change accordingly.
The fundamental key aspect of the AHA project is the community that develops in the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org, created on the 30th of December 2002. The mailing list is moderated by T_Bazz (Tatiana Bazzichelli), Eo_Call (Eleonora Calvelli) and Lo|Bo, and today counts almost 600 subscribers and is a sister of the international mailing list Nettime. The AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism project was awarded in September 2007 at the ARS Electronica Festival in Linz (AU) receiving an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities category of the Prix Ars Electronica.
For information on the project: AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism http://isole.ecn.org/aha
To subscribe to the mailing-list AHA: http://www.ecn.org/mailman/listinfo/aha