Statement from Oliver and Vasiliev, Transmediale 2014
- We, the creators of 'PRISM: The Beacon Frame', wish to express our
- disappointment at the disabling of a crucial element of this work at
- Transmediale 2014, with the threat of reporting us to the German Federal Police.
- As such we've agreed that it is not in our interests to maintain the work in its
- original form.
- It was our intention to provide an opportunity for public to critically engage
- precisely the same methods of cellular communications interception used by
- certain governments against their own people and people in sovereign states. It
- was not, in any way, our intention to harm anyone and nor did we.
- We note that the German Parliament, right next door, has suffered directly by
- way of such violations.
- It is vital that technology-based art remain a frame with which we can develop
- critical discourses about the world we live in, from the engineered to the
- cultural and political. Sometimes that requires that we are not limited by
- exaggerated fears and legal definition, but that we act proportionally and with
- conscience in our efforts to understand the power struggles and tensions in our
- (technically mediated) environment.
- Sometimes this means taking risks, risks without intention to harm but to
- engender wider critical insights.
- We wish to thank the Festival Director and the Curatorial Team from ArtHackDay
- and LEAP for representing us to the best of their ability.
- "The Critical Engineer considers the exploit to be the most desirable form of
- Julian Oliver and Daniil Vasiliev
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