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Institute for New Culture Technologies/t0
Vienna, 08-11-2002


November 15 to December 15, 2002
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

"What exactly is the Internet? Who controls it and how does it work? In what
ways do new technologies transform society? What is the impact of these
technologies on daily life, work, art and politics? What will the cultural
heritage of the future be?”

Once again World-Information.Org explores the fascinating and complex sphere
of information production, manipulation, control and distribution and
provides the public with clear, high-quality and easily accessible
information on the multifaceted interrelations between technology and
society, politics, culture, art and economy.

>From November 15 through December 15, 2002, World-Information.Org presents
its extensive exhibition and conference program in Amsterdam. Visitors are
invited to discover the world of information: exhibits and visual diagrams
explaining the complex nature of information technologies, interactive
installations, digital artworks, lectures, films and workshops.

Venue for the World-Information Exhibition, which outlines the emergence and
influence of the expansion of worldwide communication and information
networks on various aspects of society and everyday life, is the Oude Kerk .

World-Infostructure imparts the results of the research program that has
been carried out in connection with World-Information.Org since autumn 1999.
On 32 information displays that represent the contents of
World-Information.Org's online knowledge database World-Infostructure
describes patterns of the emergence of public opinion, the endangerment of
the public domain through recent legal and technical trends in copyright and
concentration in media ownership, the power and practices of the ‘data lords
’, the evolvement and control structures of the Internet and many more.

Especially after the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001, governments,
police and intelligence agencies have reinforced and extended their
surveillance and eavesdrop systems. In order to be able to track them the EU
has recently decided to scan all immigrants and asylum seekers
biometrically, the US authorities have approved the use of electronic ID
chips and in Britain an 11-year-old girl is expecting a tracking-chip to be
implanted under her skin. World-C4U presents arts projects such as [RT-32] -
2002/PACT (Marko Peljhan) or Safe Distance ( that examine and
question these developments. Moreover C4U highlights historic and
state-of-the-art security and control technologies and allows hands-on
experiences with biometric devices.

Future Heritage concentrates on the critical analysis of electronic networks
and their possibilities by artists. It displays the works of renowned and
pioneering international artists – amongst others Molecular Invasion
(Critical Art Ensemble and Beatriz da Costa), Ministry (Jill Magid), BuBL
Space (Arthur Elsenaar & Taco Stolk), The Yes Men, World-Processor (Ingo
Gunther) and Boom! (Oliver Ressler & David Thorne) - that experiment and
operate with information and communication technology. Future Heritage shows
the rich, diverse and vital variety of electronic culture - the cultural
heritage of the future.

The wave of new security legislation that has followed the tragic events of
September 11, 2001, has made a critical examination of information politics
in the network society uncommonly urgent. Therefore accompanying the
World-Information Exhibition, on 6 and 7 December, 2002, De Balie will host
the World-InfoCon conference 'The Network Society of Control'. This
international and interdisciplinary forum will investigate recent
developments in information law, policing and surveillance, and intellectual
property rights in the digital domain. While the first day is dedicated to
the theme ‘Security Paranoia in the World-Info-Sphere’ the second day will
focus on the issue ‘Building the Digital Commons’. Speakers will include Ben
Bagdikian (media critic and former Dean of the Graduate School of
Journalism, University of California, Berkeley), Arun Mehta (activist and
educator, President of the Society for Telecommunications Empowerment),
Andrew Bichlbaum (WTO/GATT.ORG representative, member of The Yesmen,
disinformation specialist), Volker Grassmuck (Researcher Humbold University
Berlin, initiator of the Wizards of OS conferences) and Joost Smiers (Reader
in political science of the arts, Centre for Research, Utrecht School of the

Rounding off the exhibition and the conference will be the Hybrid Workspace
in the Oude Kerk; a temporary media lab, where a series of selected movies
related to the topics of World-Information.Org will be shown and
discussions, demonstrations from artists, and workshops will take place.

For high school students, World-Information.Org has developed an educational
program to support the course ‘CKV’ for both VMBO and HAVO/VWO.


World-Information.Org is an initiative of Public Netbase/t0 and organized in
cooperation with Waag Society / for old and new media, De Balie, Centre for
Culture and Politics and Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/TBA.

World-Information.Org is realized with the financial support of The Daniel
Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology; Netherlands Culture
Fund, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dutch Ministry for Education,
Culture and Sciences; Mondriaan Foundation; Culture2000; VSB Fund and the
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam


The Institute for New Culture Technologies/t0
is the carrier of World-Information.Org
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A-1070 Vienna, Austria
phone: ++ 43.1.522 18 34
fax: ++ 43.1.522 50 58

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