Mathias Jud: Art that lets you talk back to NSA spies
Mathias Jud - Artist
The work of artists Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter questions the limits of our communication possibilities and, therefore, of our identity. Full bio
by the Swiss Embassy in Berlin
but this invitation really thrilled us.
in the government district
during the Second World War,
to the Federal Chancellery.
than the Swiss diplomats.
also contains the Reichstag --
and the Brandenburg Gate,
there are other embassies,
and the British Embassy.
in their constitutional rights
to demonstrate are restricted there.
from an artistic point of view.
participation and to express oneself
to a specific regulation.
of these regulations,
shape our perception, our actions
of the US and the British Embassy,
to the entire district,
of Angela Merkel.
hidden in a white cylindrical radome,
of the American NSA
and disguised forces?
of the Swiss Embassy.
to exploit the specific situation.
it stands to reason
to what we are saying.
we installed a series of antennas.
used by the Americans and the British.
obvious and visible.
large antenna on their rooftop,
of the NSA and the GCHQ.
while building an art installation.
each and every move we made,
security officers patrolled.
is governed by a strict police order,
relating to digital communication.
was therefore perfectly legal,
informed Chancellor Merkel about it.
and free Wi-Fi communication network
would be able to participate
without any hindrance,
that were being intercepted.
hello NSA, hello GCHQ."
Blow the whistle!"
All others we track!!!!!"
we are part of your organizations.
will you tell your grandchildren?"
Please send a drone strike."
and the government departments
including classified documents
and discussion of vital information
even for members of a parliament.
to experience and sound out
around the embassies,
and the highlights of communication.
the regulations that limit our worldview,
or aesthetic conventions.
in the makeshift settlements
not exclusion that are new.
these realities are hidden
communication and exchange.
are considered illegal,
don't have a chance
every time they risk becoming visible,
for further persecution,
come to know this hidden side.
and we found one.
but a physical one: it's a hotel.
we created several Hotel Gelems in Europe,
in Montreuil near Paris,
for a personal invitation
in the Hotel Gelem, in their homes,
with the Roma families.
are not the travelers;
are not a minority;
about the context that determines
closer to each other.
are in permanent exchange,
between the world of the privileged
to enter the country.
visas and air tickets.
by boat in Australia
into the detention system
to be secret military operations.
from crisis zones and war zones,
are detained by Australia without trial,
with asylum seekers who were imprisoned,
an installation in the art space
of Technology in Brisbane.
it was a very simple installation.
gave the direction
and the name of the immigration facility.
came in the form of connectivity.
there was a headset.
to talk directly to a refugee
of the art exhibition,
to talk about themselves,
without fear of consequences.
in long conversations
about dramatic escapes from war zones,
is made worse by contradictory policies
of militarized responses.
in Switzerland and Greece.
basic information -- medical costs,
along dangerous routes
is becoming increasingly criminalized.
and to the antennas
to be boundlessly connected.
our own connections,
and globally interconnected world.
by rival political forces.
of this experience
prejudice and exclusion.
artistic duo is also here.
is not a random name.
in the Roma language.
is the title of the Romani hymn,
"I went a long way."
the detail to your talk.
to the island of Lesbos
a couple of days ago,
of refugees are arriving
over the last few months.
and what did you do there?
of the Greek islands close to Turkey,
on overcrowded dinghies,
completely on their own.
to buy a bus ticket
sleep in the streets.
to allow basic communication,
about the refugees,
that it is about human beings,
and their struggle to survive.
and sharing your story.
About the speaker:Mathias Jud - Artist
The work of artists Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter questions the limits of our communication possibilities and, therefore, of our identity.
Why you should listen
Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter combine the power of online collaboration with activism to produce their artistic vision.
In Berlin (where they live), they created an open mesh network in the government district, allowing citizens to send messages to the NSA and GCHQ, whose known listening posts are there. With their "Hotel Gelem" project, the duo commented on racism and exclusion by inviting visitors to stay in the homes of Roma families -- a culture familiar with the idea of displacement. And in Australia at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, the two created an installation which allowed visitors to interract with refugees detained in the country.
"We should start making our own connections, fighting for this idea of an equal and globally interconnected world," Jud says. "This is essential to overcome our speechlessness and the separation provoked by rival political forces."
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