Swiss artists Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud were invited by the Arab Digital Expression Foundation to join their Youth Media Activist Camp, which is organized yearly in Lebanon in September, to give a workshop about “Possibilities of Expression and Perception in The Digital Age” between September 6 and 14, 2018.
The workshop is directed to the camp participants (media activists and artists) and will be concluded with a presentation of the work achieved during the camp. It will discuss many topics such as building and experiencing internet independent, decentralized communication networks, analyising the power structure of our communication systems, and more.
collaboration aims to build grass-roots supra-national action groups and communities for education, exchange and emancipation.
About the artists:
Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud were both born in Zurich (CH). They live and work in Berlin and their work has been shown in numerous international Art exhibitions, solo shows and Biennials. Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud have been awarded with many international prizes (Prix Ars Electronica, Swiss Art Award, EMARE, CECEL European Council, Edith Russ Haus, etc). In particular, the projects picidae (since 2007), New Nations (since 2009) and qaul.net (since 2012) have gained worldwide interest. As open-source projects these works uncover forms of censorship of the internet, undermine the concentration of political power and even resolve the dependency on infrastructure. The tools, provided by the artists, are used by communities in many countries on all continents. The artistic questions of Wachter and Jud reach fundamental philosophical and social political meaning and have been subject of discussion of many art theoretical papers and talks. Since 2016 Wachter and Jud are professors at the weißensee school of art and design in Berlin.