30 Mars - 2 Avril 2014

A critical introduction to networks by Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev

Après les révélations par Snowden de l'existence d'un système de surveillance global d'Internet, iMAL et KASK/School of Arts Gent joignent leur forces pour vous proposer cet atelier unique en Belgique.

Demandez à n'importe qui de vous décrire le fonctionnement du service des postes, et vous aurez une réponse vaguement correcte. Par contre, peu de personnes parviendront à expliquer le fonctionnement du courrier électronique, encore moins d'un réseau informatique. Ce manque de connaissance est potentiellement dangereux ; il nous empêche de comprendre et d'analyser les implications politiques et infrastructurelles de notre dépendance grandissante à cette technologie.

Durant cet atelier intensif, Julian Oliver et Danja Vasiliev vous feront découvrir les fondamentaux de la communication réseau en utilisant uniquement des outils en ligne de commande et du hardware réseau. Les participant apprendront ainsi non seulement à créer et manipuler des réseaux informatiques, mais aussi comment ces derniers peuvent être utilisés pour nous manipuler.

Aucune connaissance préalable des réseaux, de la programmation ou des interfaces en ligne de commande n'est requise.

Inscription obligatoire. Maximum 13 participants!

L'atelier se donnera en Anglais

The workshop

A small scale model of the Internet is created in class for the purposes of study with which we interact over another self-built local network. 

In the second phase of the workshop students learn to read network topologies as political control structures, seeing how corporations and governments shape and control the way we use computer networks.

Finally, encryption, anonymity strategies and theory will be addressed, with a mind to defending and asserting the same basic civil rights we uphold in public space.

Julian and Danja provide all students with a customised virtualised Linux operating system, complete with tools familiar to both the hacker and network engineer alike. Complete documentation is provided.

About the workshop leaders
Julian Oliver

Julian is a New Zealander, Critical Engineer and artist based in Berlin.

His projects and the occasional paper have been presented at many museums, galleries, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian has received several awards, most notably the distinguished Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek.

Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, data forensics, creative hacking, computer networking, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, video-game development, information visualisation and UNIX/Linux worldwide.

He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software in education and is a supporter of, and contributor to, initiatives that promote and reinforce civil rights in the networked domain.

More about Julian.

Danja Vasiliev

Danja is a Critical Engineer born in Saint-Petersburg, currently living and working in Berlin.

Starting from year 1999 Danja is involved in computer-technology events, media-art exhibitions and seminars around the world. He received a number of awards and mentions at Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Festival, Transmediale and collaborated with many other organisations.

Danja Vasiliev is studying Systems and Networks through anti-disciplinary experimentation with hardware, firmware and software. Using computational platforms he engages in examination and exploitation of System and Network paradigms both in physical and digital realms. Basing on the findings Vasiliev creates and exhibits works of Critical Engineering, gives public workshops and talks. Danja regularly teaches courses on topics of network insecurity, software/OS modification, hardware re-engineering, digital forensics and else.

In his work and everyday computing Danja is using GNU/Linux software and propagandizes Open Source practices in all scopes of life.

More about Danja.

Infos Pratiques

Workshop: 31 March - 3 April 2014
10:00 - 18:00

Workshop Fee: 80€ 

Max. 13 participants
You must bring your own computer!

Course in English! (oral understanding necessary)

Registration: via the online form

30 Koolmijnenkaai - Quai des Charbonnages
1080 Brussels, BE

Galerie Média

Pictures by Danja Vasiliev


This workshop is produced by iMAL and KASK school of arts, Ghent.

In the framework of Connecting Cities. With the support of the Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the European Union and Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.