AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism 


Rome, Italy
Email: t_bazz@ecn.org
Website: www.ecn.org/aha
Type of organisation: network, Profit and Nonprofit, freelancer

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Project focused on the activities of the Italian independent and countercultural media movement: exhibitions, panels and workshops with artists, hacktivists and theoreticians of the Italian net.culture.
The main concepts of AHA Project are Activism: political activism, Hacking: technological activism, Artivism: artistic activism.

Artistic activism means any kind of free non-copyright creativity, to promote the idea of horizontal use of media, to stimulate real experimentation on expressive language without any censorship or hierarchy.

Activism-Hacking-Artivism Project follows a collective path, as result of an Italian movement that from the beginning of the Eighties struggles for an independent and self-managed use of mass-media (video, computer, radio and written text). Today more than ever, this movement is demonstrating to be one of the most valid alternatives to official information in Italy.

In Italy, technological, artistic and political activism is closely interconnected, in a common network spread over the whole country, and consisting of collectives, activists and artists alike. Their common denominator is to give life to an alternative and independent way of producing information, cultural consciousness and communication.

Principal activities of Activism-Hacking-Artivism project are the organisation of exhibitions/events about Italian net art and hacktivism, the diffusion of Italian collective artistic projects within new media art festivals or conventions and the development of an international mailing list about artistic activism, aha@ecn.org. This is a collective virtual place which advocates the free use of art and software. To date, in the AHA mailing list there are 450 subscribers. AHA list is part of the neighbourhood of nettime mailing list.

Activism-Hacking-Artivism is also a project on artistic experimentation that uses digital technology in its most vital manifestations, necessarily including the critical and self-managed use of mass-media. No more art-works but processes, no more originality but reproducibility, no more representation of a unique genius but collective action. From 2002 to date, AHA project has presented many exhibitions in different Italian cities and, since 2004, in Germany.

Activism-Hacking-Artivism project is hosted by Isole nella Rete (www.ecn.org). Isole nella Rete hosts the majority of alternative radical, underground Italian web sites. Created in 1996, it is considered the oldest counterculture server in Italy.

Expertise: art, criticism, activism, multimedia


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