[rohrpost] [Fwd: Konferenz-Ankündigung für Eure Rohrpost]

Mirko Fichtner macro at c-base.org
Don Mar 1 16:10:33 CET 2007

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Subject: 	Konferenz-Ankündigung für Eure Rohrpost
Date: 	Thu, 01 Mar 2007 11:20:28 +0100
From: 	tina clausmeyer <tina.clausmeyer at gmx.net>
To: 	<rohrpost-owner at mikrolisten.de>

Liebes Rohrpost-Team,

könntet Ihr diese Ankündigung über Eure Rohrpost laufen lassen? Es
handelt sich um eine internationale, interdisziplinäre Konferenz
“/Towards a New Visualization of Secrecy? Representations of Secrecy
within Contemporary Terrorism and Counterterrorism“/, die am 24. März
2007 im Stedelijk Museum CS in Amsterdam stattfinden wird.

Im Rahmen dieser eintägigen Konferenz sollen internationale Terrorismus-
und Geheimdienstexperten sowie Theortiker, Künstler und Kulturschaffende
aus den Bereichen Wissenschaft, Kunst/Kultur und Politik aus einer
interdisziplinären Perspektive über die zunehmende Bedeutung der neuen
Phänomene des Geheimen innerhalb der global agierenden terroristischen
Netzwerke (Cyberterrorismus, Internet Jihad, geheime Zellen,
Trainingscamps etc.) und der geheimdienstlichen Tätigkeiten (“CIA
rendition programme“, “ghost prisoners“, “ghost prisons“ etc.) nach 9/11

Mit besten Grüßen!
Tina Clausmeyer

Tina Clausmeyer
Winsstraße 13
D-10405 Berlin
Phone +49 (0) 30 43735938
Mobile +49 (0) 151 17247650

Email: tina.clausmeyer at gmx.net
Internet: http://www.secrecyconference.net

*International Conference
Towards a New Visualization of Secrecy?
Representations of Secrecy within Contemporary Terrorism and
*Saturday 24 March 2007, 10:00 – 20:00
— at Stedelijk Museum CS Amsterdam
— www.secrecyconference.net*
Presentations by Tariq Ali, Albert Benschop, Kathalijne Buitenweg MEP,
Jordan Crandall, James Der Derian, Meta Haven, Buro Jansen & Janssen,
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Naeem Mohaiemen, Trevor Paglen

Introduced and moderated by David Campbell, Brian Holmes
*The conference is jointly organized by Tina Clausmeyer and the Jan van
Eyck Academie Maastricht and in cooperation with the Stedelijk Museum CS
Amsterdam.* *
*Secret Networks of Terror vs. Secret Networks Against Terror
*The conference explores theoretically as well as visually the emergence
of new phenomena of secrecy within transnational terrorist and
counterterrorist networks. Since 9/11 and in the aftermath of the wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq worldwide clandestine operations have
increasingly been undertaken by terrorist and counterterrorist networks.
Conflicts are on the whole no longer fought in public, but rather in
concealment. In the present ‘state of exception’, the ‘war on terrorism’
has been waged in a symbolic realm consisting of global ‘cobwebs’ of
names, actions and locations. This conference addresses the question as
to whether the increasing awareness of hitherto invisible contemporary
terrorist and counterterrorist actions has produced a new
‘visualization’ of secrecy. Intending to offer a cross-disciplinary and
experimental platform to negotiate new and critical positions this
conference will question the extent to which both antagonists use
secrecy as a strategy in an asymmetrical global warfare. The conference
participants, coming from diverse backgrounds such as academia, human
rights activism, new media, visual arts, and politics, will debate on
the strategic and visual aspects of these new forms of secrecy.
/*New Forms of Secrecy within Transnational Terrorism
*The Internet has become the virtual database and training camp through
which Al Qaeda as umbrella organization keeps its message alive, holding
a powerful grip while remaining in secrecy. As quasi ‘open universities’
of violence and spectacle, the dynamic cell structure of the multi- and
transnational terrorist alliances, affiliations of semi-independent
cells and loosely interconnected /jihadi/ groups have presented
themselves as invisible and ‘spaceless’ enemies. Concealed spaces of
terror are dispersed in cyberspace through chat rooms, online
broadcasts, virtual handbooks on training and combat methods as well as
in homes, sleeper cells, or training camps. As the most powerful tool of
terrorism and global /jihad/ (by visualizing atrocities and concealing
logistical, financial and communication structures), the Internet has
been used by Al Qaeda and other /jihadi/ networks to conduct a
sophisticated form of psychological warfare, that serves to gather
information, to train, to fundraise, to propagate ideology, to recruit
and network, to plan and coordinate terrorist acts worldwide.

*New Forms of Secrecy within Counterterrorism
*Guantánamo, more than an American prison camp in Cuba, is an icon of
lawlessness that has functioned as a kind of synecdoche standing in for
the other known and unknown (secret) ‘rendition’ programmes all over the
world. Recent investigations by the European Parliament’s /Temporary
Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the
transport and illegal detention of prisoners/ confirmed that several
governmental organizations as well as individuals attempting to
counteract terrorism simply wish to remain unseen. As a multifaceted/
/image of today’s ‘state of exception’, they embrace a wide-reaching
system of ‘black sites’ or so-called ghost prisons (‘ghost planes’,
‘ghost ships’, etc.) in which numerous persons have been illegally
detained and secretly transported to third countries, where they have
suffered human rights abuses including torture.

*A New Visualization of Secrecy?
*The conference aims at pinpointing the rising global ‘states of
secrecy’ as well as the multifaceted, twisted meanings they engender. A
veil of secrecy has always surrounded the shadowy world of intelligence
agencies and their opponents, the terrorist alliances. However, in our
present day, their transnational nature, infrastructure, and methods of
operation, including the virtual realm, have undergone a definite
metamorphosis. Secrecy has taken on new dimensions on both sides as
revealed persons, locations, and actions (such as the /Hofstad Network,
Azzam.com, Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Guantánamo Bay Camp,
Bagram Airbase/, /USS Bataan/, /Aero Contractors, Khaled El-Masri, Murat
Kurnaz/, etc.) provide incontestable evidence. At the same time these
clandestine operations, locations and networks have become a matter of
public interest. As a result, new phenomena of secrecy have been made
visible for a larger audience and a new ‘visualization’ of secrecy
emerged: The secret became public.
*Jelle Bouwhuis* / Curator, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
*Hanneke Grootenboer* / Advising Researcher Theory, Jan van Eyck Academie
*Tina Clausmeyer* / Initiator, Jan van Eyck Academie*/
/Global Wars in Secrecy: Terrorism vs. Counterterrorism
/*Introduced and moderated by* David Campbell */ Professor of Cultural
and Political Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University
*Tariq Ali*/ // Novelist, Historian and Editor of /New Left Review/
*Kathalijne Buitenweg MEP */ Member of the Temporary Committee on the
alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and
illegal detention of prisoners*
Albert Benschop* / Cyberterrorism Expert, University of Amsterdam
*James Der Derian* / Watson Institute Professor (Research) of
International Studies
*Buro Jansen & Janssen */ Independent Journalistic Collective*
Tariq Ali*/ // Novelist, Historian and Editor of /New Left Review
13:30 Lunch break / Artist projection
/When An Interpreter Could Not Be Found /by Visible
Collective/Mohaiemen, Roy (2005-2006)

*/Artists’ Positions and Visual Strategies after 9/11
/*Introduced and moderated by *Brian Holmes */ Art Critic, Cultural
Theorist and Activist
*Trevor Paglen* / Artist, Writer and Experimental Geographer* *
/Black Worlds: Landscapes of Secrecy and Epistemic Limits/
*Naeem Mohaiemen */ Artist and Founder of Visible Collective
/Invisible Man & Glamor-Horror Media Cycle/
*Meta Haven: *Design Research / Vinca Kruk & Daniel van der Velden
/The Design of Evil
*Jordan Crandall */ Media Artist and Theorist, Initiator of /UNDER FIRE/
/Disappearing Acts
Concluding remarks
*Nicholas Mirzoeff* / Professor of Art and Art Professions, Director of
the Visual Culture Programme, New York University
/Open Secrets: The Police, Visual Culture and the Image War/

Practical Information
*Day ticket: 7,50 EUR  (1,50 EUR is transferred to Amnesty International)
All tickets can be picked up and paid for at the 11th floor of the
Stedelijk Museum CS from 10 a.m. onwards. Please note that the language
of communication is English.

*Advance booking is recommended. Please register via email before 23
March at: _registration at secrecyconference.net_
Contact and registration by telephone
*Anne Vangronsveld
E _anne.vangronsveld at janvaneyck.nl_
T +31 43 350 3784

*Conceptual inquiries*
Tina Clausmeyer, concept and organization
E _tina.clausmeyer at gmx.net_
*Stedelijk Museum CS on 11
Oosterdokskade 5
1011 AD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

*How to get there
*The Stedelijk Museum CS is only a three minutes’ walk from Amsterdam
Central Station. For a route description please check at:
www.stedelijk.nl or www.bereikbaar.amsterdam.nl. For more information on
Amsterdam please visit: www.iamsterdam.nl (English site).
Further information

Viele Grüße

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