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Helpdesk” it is not a regular phone. It’s a phone that waits for calls from the big public. As the attention on and funding for the arts is minimal, Helpdesk makes missed calls to an unlimited number of random phone numbers. The ringing phone in the exhibition hall invites visitors to start a discussion whether on the exhibition or any other important topics.TIMO TOOTS


05.2011 “Köler Prize” EKKM, Tallinn
01.2011 “If it’s broken don’t fix it” CAC, Vilnius


Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev, 2011.

Call a Spy
Show - Installation - workshops

The Call-A-Spy Show is an entertaining and enlightening journey into the psyche of the secret services. Three brave contestants put their communication skills to the test, competing in a number of challenges, all involving live phone calls with unsuspecting agents. 80% improvised, each show is different depending on who the contestants are and who they reach on the end of the line. The goal is to make them laugh, make them cry, but just don’t let them hang up!

Can you hear me ?

Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud

Power and powerlessness in the digital age

According to the revelations of Edward Snowden, the Government District near the Brandenburg Gate was the focal point for surveillance and spying on the population. A temporary installation at this location marks the fundamental questions of power and powerlessness in the digital age.

Improvised antennas are standing on the roof of the Academy of Arts at Pariser Platz, just between the listening post of the US Embassy and the British Embassy. From here, past the Reichstag and the Chancellery to the antennas at the Swiss Embassy, and further on to the system on the roof of the Academy of Arts on Hanseatenweg, Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud have built a mesh network.

Delivery for Mr. Assange

( 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik )

«Delivery for Mr. Assange» is a 32-hour live mail art piece performed on 16 and 17 January 2013. On 16 January 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik posted a parcel addressed to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The parcel contained a camera which documented its journey through the Royal Mail postal system through a hole in the parcel. The images captured by the camera were transferred to Bitnik's website and the Bitnk Twitter account in realtime. So, as the parcel was slowly making its way towards the Ecuadorian embassy in London, anyone online could follow the parcel's status in realtime. .

See Also -> ExposingTheInvisible FAQ bitnik

Aram Bartholl

POST HACK or How To Send A Letter For Free:

A letter is a message written with a pen on a piece of paper (dead tree) which gets delivered in its physical original form[!!] to the recipients physical home address (house in a city i.e.). Wow, pretty cool concept, no?

  1. Materials: Paper (blank paper is ususally almost impossible to find but if you’re lucky there might be some sheets left in a printer near by), Pen (just ask your friend or cubical neighbor for a pen to borrow. I recommend to keep it after writing the letter, you might need it again later…)
  2. Write a letter (ask your friend for a FB like or something…) and fold the paper to an envelope (see video)
  3. Adress!: Now the important part! On the envelope swapp the names of sender and recipient!  put the real recipient in the field of the sender and make up a non existing address for the official recipient field.
  4. NO STAMP!!  Send it off and wait for the letter  to ‘return’ to the ‘sender’.

How does it work? The postal service will try to deliver the letter to the recipients home. Due to wrong address it will  fail and the letter will ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ which is the real recipient. In my first try below I just swapped sender and receiver which led to a visit at the post office in Berlin where I had to reject my own letter to make it ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ in Berlin.



RYBN.ORG is an extra-disciplinary artistic research platform, funded in 2000 as a web entity, disseminated into several servers all over the internet and physically present in Paris, Montréal, Berlin and Bruxelles. RYBN.ORG operates through interactive & networked installations, digital/analog visual cross-performances and pervasive computing. Their projects refer as well to the codified systems of the artistic representation (aesthetic, painting, architecture, avant-garde, music) as to the socio-politic and physical phenomenons, exploring various fields such as economics, data mass analysis, perverted artificial intelligence, disrupting auto-learning, language and syntaxes, sensory perception and cognitive systems. Their work have been shown in numerous contemporary art exhibitions and media art festivals, such as Ars Electronica, transmediale, ISEA, Elektra, Cellsbutton, and museums and institutions like the ZKM, LABoral, le Centre Pompidou, La Gaîté Lyrique, ZKM.

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