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Press Release
Brussels, Vienna - June 29th 2000

@ Brussels 2000

>>> Exhibitions
>>> Conference
>>> Events

June 30th to July 30th 2000

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 1) Introduction

Exploring the infosphere

"Who owns the Internet?" "How does it work?" "How can society benefit from 
it?" "How do information and communication technologies change everyday 
life, work, arts, politics, economy and society?" "How does public opinion 
emerge?" "How do artists work with information technologies?" "What will be 
the cultural heritage of our future?"
Under the patronage of the UNESCO, World-Information.Org explores the 
fascinating and complex sphere of information production, -manipulation, 
-distribution and -control to provide the public with cultural 
intelligence: clear, high-quality and easily accessible information on the 
cultural, societal, economic, and technological foundations of the 
globalizing Information Society.
>From June 30th to July 30th, World-Information.Org will be publicly 
presented for the first time. As the lead project of the 
New-Media-programme of Brussels 2000 - European City of Culture for the 
year 2000, World-Information.Org will turn the Centre Brussels 2000 in its 
temporary headquarter.
As an international network (initiated by the Viennese Institute for New 
Culture Technologies / Public Netbase), World-Information.Org cooperates 
with a variety of renowned partners in the fields of cultural work, art, 
media theory, -economy and -policy. Among others, global communication 
expert Cees Hamelink (NL), Privacy.Org-founder Simon Davies (UK), 
investigative journalist Duncan Campbell (USA) and media theoretician 
Edward S. Herman (USA) regularly contribute to the research work.
Artistic input will be given by artists such as "Documenta X"-participant 
Marko Peljhan (SLO), media-camouflage specialists RTMark (USA) or Ingo 
Günther (GER/USA), famous for his cultural and political world maps.
 2) World-Information.Org @ Brussels

>From June 30th and July 30th, World-Information.Org presents a three-part 
exhibition at the Centre Brussels 2000 in co-production with Brussels 2000 
- European City of Culture for the year 2000.
In the heart of the city, visitors can sensually discover the world of 
an environment assembling exhibits and visual diagrams explaining the 
complex nature of information technologies, interactive installations, and 
artistic works.
>>> The World Infostructure Exhibition
>>> The Future Heritage Expo
>>> The World-C4U-Exhibition - Command Control Computer Communication Unit

Centre Brussels 2000, Schildknaapstraat 50, B-1000 Bruxelles/Brussels
June 30th - July 30th 2000, daily 11.00 - 21.00, Sundays until 19.00, 
closed on Mondays

3) Exhibitions

The World Infostructure Exhibition
>From the Alphabet to the Internet - a journey into the World of Information

The transition from the Industrial to the Information Society has 
dramatically changed the role and function of information. Today, 
Information has become one of the most valuable economic goods and the 
development of the Information Society has created both a new, global 
technical infrastructure and - along with the New Economy - a historically 
unique power structure. World-Information.Org presents a close-up of the 
economic, technical, and political foundations of the globalising 
Information Society.
The World Infostructure Exhibition focuses on the development of 
communication technologies and their societal, cultural, and economic 
impacts. Beginning with the alphabet, the exhibition visualises and 
describes the development of media: communication codes, tools, and 
increasingly sophisticated technical instruments.
Media have diversified and have become global - the media and IT sectors 
currently being among the most prominent in a trend towards large-scale 
mergers. Ownership of media equals power and influence. To demonstrate 
this, the exhibition features the big players of the global media market, 
who control literally thousands of newspapers, online services, TV and 
radio stations: the production, manipulation, distribution and control of 
information is concentrated in the hand of few media oligopolies worldwide.
The question as to who owns and controls the electronic networks is one 
major issue covered by the exhibition. The technical information 
infrastructure is another. Satellites and cables provide the world's 
central nerve system of information. The exhibition gives an overview on 
the complex interrelations of technology, private investments and the 
public interest.
The displays show the distribution of information and power: the winners 
and losers of information globalisation, the information-rich and the 
Finally, the exhibition points out the problem of human rights in a digital 
world. A democratised society is based upon a broad understanding of 
communication processes and the underlying technologies. Therefore 
universal human rights have to be extended to incorporate the Information 
Society. Basic digital human rights mean the right to access the electronic 
domain, the right to freedom of expression and association online, and the 
right to privacy.
Research, Content & Design: World-Information.Org

The Future Heritage Expo
Arts for the digital Millenium

World-Information.Org invites you to discover the cultural heritage of our 
future. The Future Heritage Expo presents works of artists experimenting 
and operating with information and communication technologies.
Artists have always been among the first to explore the potentials of the 
new media as modes of expressing their work. Some of these media - such as 
electronic information processing and even the Internet itself - actually 
have a military origin. In supporting the process of accepting and 
discovering new forms of communication, artists have concentrated on 
appropriating these new media as their means of artistic expression.
The artistic exploration of multimedia and the electronic domain has 
generated a shift in contemporary arts toward digital, net-based, 
interactive and multimedia creation and distribution of art. Information 
itself has become a raw product of artistic production. In essence, artists 
have turned into "informers". The Future Heritage Expo, therefore, 
introduces artists who present the most important aspects, ideas and 
artistic experiments in the digital domain.
The digital electronic cultures - so rich, diverse and vital - represent a 
testimony of our time. A testimony that helps us to understand the 
complexity of life and cultural identities.
Digital art of today is the cultural heritage of tomorrow.

Artists & Exhibitors:
Ingo Günther-GER&USA, Marko Peljhan-SLO, Critical Art Ensemble with Faith 
Wilding & Paul Vanouse-USA, RTMark-USA, Oliver Ressler-A, Mongrel-UK, Jason 
Skeet & Andi Freeman-UK, Matthew Fuller, Simon Pope & Colin Green-UK, 
e-lab-LV, Constant-BE, Apsolutno-YU, Volkstanz-A, Heinz Nixdorf 
MuseumsForum-GER, a.o.

The World-C4U-Exhibition
Command, Control, Computer Communication
Total Security and the Virtual Doppelganger

Enterprises and corporations, military and governmental bodies, online 
service providers and secret services employ an impressive arsenal of high 
technology for control and security purposes. Under the pretext of national 
security, intelligence services have built up huge eavesdrop systems like 
Echelon, which allow them to intercept all electronic communication such as 
telephone calls, fax messages or exchange of e-mail worldwide. In a growing 
number of cities, the public and private areas are controlled by CCTV 
(Closed Circuit Television). Electronic voice, fingerprint recognition and 
other biometric technologies allow or deny access to bank accounts, to 
buildings, or to information.
Internet service providers track individual data, identify a user's 
favourite site and special interest, and create individual customer 
profiles - valuable personalised data for marketing professionals and 
e-commerce enterprises. Data mining and data tracking technologies 
transform information on personal shopping behaviour or fields of interest 
into the virtual doppelganger.
The World-C4U-Exhibition highlights state-of-the-art security and control 
technologies. The exhibition allows hands-on experience and presents live 
demonstrations of eavesdropping and information interception.
For detailed and update information on the exhibitions and all related 
events, please visit our website - - or look 
them up in the World-Information.Org "Magazine".
Artists & Exhibitors:
Cinema Nova Video Library-BE, Max Moswitzer-A, Monochrom-A, The Association 
of Autonomous Astronauts-INT, Namebase-USA, SYNREAL-INT, Anita Witek-A&UK, 
Technisches Museum Wien-A, a.o.

4) Artists

Among the artists whose works are presented in the Future Heritage Expo 
respectively in the World-C4U-Exhibition there are:
· Marko Peljhan (SLO)
In his work, Marko Peljhan frequently employs technology from the military 
industrial complex. This includes the examination of practical and 
theoretical possibilities of telecommunications interception of satellite 
based networks such as satellite scanning.
With the projects "Projekt Atol" and "Makrolab", Peljhan started to create 
an autarc communication and distribution system as an apocalypse tool in 
1992. "Makrolab" is designed to survive any possible infrastructure breakdown.
In the World-Information.Org exhibition Peljhan will present two sets of 
works: One presenting plans for the conversion of tactical cruise missile 
into a tactical media platform. The other based on Makrolab, consisting of 
a monitoring and analysis system for high frequency radio and processed 
radar data, news feeds and financial information displays.
The electronic media monitoring platform will be at different times 
accessible also for private lectures and consultation with the operator on 
site. As part of the project, there will be a series of three lectures, 
covering the fields of satellite construction, data protection, design and 
policy issues and satellite telecommunications monitoring issues.
Marko Peljhan, born in Nova Goricia (SLO) in 1969, started to experiment 
with amateur radio communication and technology at an early age, and has 
continued working with information and communication technologies. holds a lot of information on both "Makrolab" 
and the artist.
· Ingo Günther (GER / USA)
Defining the role of the artist as an informer, Günther combines artistic, 
journalistic and scientific approaches to make secret information 
accessible to the public. Since 1989, globes have become one of his central 
means of artistically impacting and stimulating political processes.
A series of articles and interviews stemming from his visits to refugee 
camps in Thailand became the foundation for his ongoing project "Refugee 
Ingo Günther, born 1957, studied Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology and Art 
in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. Since the 1970ies, numerous travels took him 
to Northern Africa, North and Central America and Asia. Günther has 
participated in diverse international exhibitions such as the German 
"Documenta" and has taught at several renowned universities.
A collection of his works can be found via

· Critical Art Ensemble - CAE (USA)
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) respond to recent developments in the 
biological sciences by creating a faux cult in collaboration with Faith 
Wilding and Paul Vanouse - The Cult of the New Eve (CoNE). CoNE corresponds 
to the Human Genome Project as the attempt to decode the human DNA. The 
Human Genome Project is based on the DNA of a single woman. For the Cult, 
she is the New Eve.
Currently, scientists involved in new biological developments are pitching 
their work in very theological terms like "new universalism" or "discovery 
of immortality".
With CoNE, CAE relays these promises back to the public through the filter 
of an obscure cult. Combining a website, electronic information systems and 
performance techniques of street theater, CAE extols the utopian promises 
of biotechnology and provokes engagement in critical discussions on 
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE, founded in 1987, is a collective of five 
tactical media artists of various specialization including computer art, 
film, video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. CAE's focus 
has been on the exploration of the relations and intersections between art, 
critical theory, technology, and political activism.

5) The Future Heritage Events

Along with the exhibitions, World-Information.Org offers a series of 
events: expert and public meetings, presentations and an international 
July 5th: RTMark (USA)
"Captain Euro versus Leonardo Finance"
A performance-lecture event staged by the US-American artists group RTMark, 
who became famous with their fake website of the World Trade Organisation's 
Summit in Seattle ( For more than five years, RTMark 
has been funding acts of sabotage with activist or aesthetic aims. The 
group succeeded in generating more than twenty acts of 'creative 
subversion' that were directed against Mattel ("Barbie Liberation 
Organization"), the World Trade Organization, Novartis or George W. Bush 
among others. In their lecture RTMark will introduce their new campaign on 
"Captain Euro".
July 8th: CONSTANT vzw (BE)
"Surveillance Camera Roundtrip"
The belgian partner CONSTANT vzw will organize a roundtrip through the city 
of Brussels to explore the numerous surveillance technologies implemented 
to control the flow of people in the city. Based on an old TV episode of 
the famous Columbo crime series, CONSTANT will explore the legacy of the 
Cold War control systems and invites the audience to join: "It has no 
become impossible to go out into the street in sloppy clothes, you star 
against your will" (CONSTANT vzw).
 July 2nd: Hugh Daniels (USA)
"Secure Wide Area Network Protocols, Problems, Solutions, Implementations"
July 18th: Marko Peljhan (SLO)
"Independent Satellite Development: Policy, Design & Construction, Launch 
In the framework of Marko Peljhan's Makrolab platform in the exhibition, 
various guest speakers will present their work in the fields of independent 
media work: covering issues of satellite & space communications and privacy 
& data-protection among others, these two events are targeted at the 
interested community of artists and IT specialists.

6) World InfoCon

The central conference being World InfoCon on July 13th and 14th at the 
Centre Brussels 2000: Artists, experts, intelligence agents, scientists and 
politicians gather to discuss the issues of digital ecology, future culture 
heritage and media economy.
Well-known experts such as Cees J. Hamelink (NL, University of Amsterdam, 
author of various UNESCO reports on communication), Steve Wright (UK, 
Control Technologies Omega Foundation), Edward S. Herman (US, University of 
Pennsylvania), Simon Davies (UK, Privacy.Org) or Saskia Sassen (famous 
media theoretician, US & UK, LSE) will take part in this major conference.
World InfoCon:  July 13th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.
                        July 14th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
World InfoCon - Workshops and Seminars with the World InfoCon-participants:
                        July 15th, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Centre Brussels 2000, Rue de l'écuyer 50 Schildknaapstraat, B-1000 
Bruxelles / Brussel
For detailed and update information on the World InfoCon issues, 
participants, lectures and dates please visit our website - - or look them up in the World-Information.Org 

The WORLD-INFORMATION.ORG team wishes to express its thankfulness for the 
kind support of the following Corporate Sponsors, Partners & Institutions:
UNESCO  BRUSSELS 2000 - European City of Culture for the year 2000

ACOUSTICS                   ESRI                    GEOSPACE

City of Vienna - Department for Cultural Affairs
City of Vienna - Department for Planning and Future Developments
Austrian Federal Chancellery - Department for the Arts

Constant                Cinema Nova                     European Cultural 
Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn    Kender Thijssen         VIDISQUARE
Independent Media Center Belgium                FreeSpech Internet Television
De Balie                                                European Cultural 
Backbone - ECB
Technisches Museum Wien
National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institute
Public Information Research                     Iridium Communications Germany

De Standaard    Roularta        Der Standard    Canvas  Radio 1

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