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Enclave 7: EnclaveLab | Sticky Tablet 2.0

Aug 17, 2016

WhatsApp Symposium
PANDO @EnclaveLab
Wednesday, 17th August 2016, 6-7pm London Time

*To participate in this event please send your mobile number via email to pando.enclavelab [at] gmail [dot] com*

The Sticky Tablet 2.0 WhatsApp symposium at EnclaveLab will address proxy politics as a counter-strategy to existing mechanisms of security and control. More precisely, it will look at methods to critique prevalent surveillance and restrictions imposed by governments as well as these companies who offer their services for free at the cost of our privacy.

Sticky Tablet is a project by five artists, all current MFA students at Goldsmiths: Lisa Vlamings, Tom Kobialka, Robbie Howells, Puck Verkade and Tom Varley. The project developed during a short residency at Lokaal01 in Antwerp earlier this year. Taking the Greek symposium as a starting point, Sticky Tablet is an experiment to test the possibilities for academic discussion within the intimate and informal spaces of social media/instant messaging. What are the challenges and opportunities of this mediated intimacy?’

With their WhatsApp symposia being in “alpha phase” they hope to develop a structure for regular public events. Issues around security, encryption and surveillance have come up in their own conversations, however, thus far, they have used the instant messaging platform WhatsApp by choice. It is the most widely used messaging app, messages are encrypted and it’s owned by Facebook. They are interested in occupying this generalised, everyday, corporate space partly because it is so compromised.

Special Guests:

The Research Center for Proxy Politics (RCPP)
Vera Tollmann
Boaz Levin
Maximilian Schmoetzer

In case you would like to sign up for the symposium, please send us an e-mail to including your phone number. We promise to keep your information confidential.

Supported by:

Enclave, Goldsmiths University of London, GOLDSMITHSGALLERY

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