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Members of snuggles hosted a panel at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York City. We were joined by an amazing group of people from the community. Audio and Resources from the panel can be found here.

Description: Over the past nearly 20 years, the internet has proved to be fertile ground for projects that raise awareness, question authority and inspire social cohesion. Culture Jamming, Hacking and Hacktivism have helped provoke changes in the technical, cultural and political aspects of our society. This panel aims to provide an overview of these techniques through examples of some of the more memorable projects. Starting with the manipulation of voicemail services and leading up to Denial of Service attacks on government webservers, the panel will cover how these projects were organized and executed as well as the reaction that they inspired. The panel will also include a discussion section (with audience participation encouraged) where we will contemplate what use these techniques have in light of the quickly changing internet and digital media landscapes.


Pan: Pan is the founder of the Sensory Research Network, a virtual home for engineers, designers and artists dedicated to providing useful tools, services and ideas to augment human interaction. SRN is also host to the various projects of the Snuggles Collective and the audio archive for the Church of the Subgenius Hour of Slack. Pan is the creator and host of the long running technology radio show Interactive Technologies. He has been participating in culture jamming for nearly 20 years in various forms from image collage, audio collage and screening to cultural pranks.

Phineas Narco: Phineas Narco, proprietor of The National Cynical Network, was a member of a voicemail community in California's Silicon Valley, which spontaneously arose there shortly before the advent of world wide web. Members of this voicemail (or 'voicejail') community would use voicemail box systems as a means of social networking, and creative expression, much in the way blogs and websites are used on the internet today. These 'voicejailers' would often create collages out of audio media, mixing them with recordings of incoming voicemail messages. The resultant mixes would then be placed on their outgoing greetings, to then be recorded and used by other members of the community, creating an underground media-sharing phone culture. Phineas now hosts "Midnight Voicejail" broadcasts which document this pre-web voicemailbox scene by presenting actual recordings from it. This material is mixed with collages made for the series itself. Phineas has also performed with members of Negativland, mostly on Negativland's radio show 'Over the Edge', and is a reclusive yet prominent figure in the Church of the Subgenius.

TradeMark G. (Evolution Control Committee): TradeMark G. is a musician and artist, perhaps best known as founder of the band The Evolution Control Committee in 1986. He is also a culture jammer, equipment designer, software designer, and organizer. The Evolution Control Committee is best known for its copyright-challenging stance, using found sounds to create new musical works at the risk of copyright violation. This made The ECC the target of a cease & desist order from CBS for sampling newscaster Dan Rather, but also earned The ECC credit for creating the "Mash-Up" genre of music (also called Bastard Pop). TradeMark can take credit for those and all other ECC projects, including the development and construction of the Thimbletron, a live sampling performance instrument.

Mark Hosler: Mark is a founding member of Negativland. Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement. Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

Tim Maloney (Naked Rabbit): Tim is an artist, animator and filmmaker from Los Angeles who has worked extensively in media and print. He has collaborated with culture jammers Negativland and was the curator of Snuggles Collective's "Droplift Project".

Prof. Ricardo Dominguez: Ricardo is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He was co-Director of The Thing (www.thing.net) an ISP for artists and activists from 2000 to 2004, as well as Senior Editor from 1996 to 1999. He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble. Ricardo's performances have been presented in museums, galleries, theater festivals, hacker meetings, tactical media events and as direct actions on the streets and around the world. One of his recent net.art projects (turistafronterizo) was developed for the International inSite_05 (insite05.org) Art Interventions Festival in collaboration with Coco Fusco. Ricardo also collaborated with artist Diane Ludin on (ibiology) which was presented at ISEA 2004 and at the MadridMedia Lab (2005). Another of his recent collaborations is (specflic.net) a speculative distributed cinema project with artist Adriene Jenik (2006). His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cárdenas and Jason Najarro the *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border was the winner of "Transnational Communities Award", this award was funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment for Culture Mexico - U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. He is an Assistant Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department and is also a Principal/Principle Investigator at the new edge technology institute CALIT2 (www.calit2.net) where he will be researching and developing a performance project in collaboration with artist Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll on nanotechnology entitled *Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market* (pitmm.net) that was presented in Berlin (2007) and the San Diego Museum of Art (2008).

Dr. Bernardo Attias: Dr. Bernardo Attias is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. He received a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a Rhetorical Studies emphasis from the University of Iowa, and he has a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University's School of Speech. His research focus emphasizes cultural approaches to communication studies as well as communication-centered approaches to cultural studies. He has written on media coverage of the war in the Gulf, on the politics of psychoanalysis, on the rhetoric and politics of hip-hop culture, and on the drug war. His current work focuses on the legal, aesthetic, and cultural implications of the turntable. He has also been a DJ for over twenty years and is an active participant in DJ culture.

Steev Hise: Steev is a filmmaker, activist, and artist who recently stopped being a computer geek. He is the founder of Detritus.net, a now mostly inactive website established in 1997 to be a haven for artists and scholars who practice or study artistic appropriation, cultural recycling, or what some call culture jamming. Steev hates when people call themselves 'copyright criminals' or 'pirates.'

%20 : Corporate Shill, Consumer Whore, Wannabee Cultural Chimera, part time music fan and maker of sounds in the plunderphonic glitch noise category. %20 is not known for anything significant. But %20 is the definitive drafter of thee 'Snuggles New Media Collective' official 'Free Speech For Sale' Affiliate Program Agreement Disclosure. As part of the Snuggles' 'Dictionaraoke Project', %20's version of Culturcide's 'Heart of Rock'n'Roll (is the Profit)' gained the misinterpretation of the UK's 'The Wire : Adventures in Modern Music' article 'Criminal Elements'. Sounds by %20 have gained the appreciation of the 'MediaDefender Remix Competition', been considered unjust by the sponsor of a ccMixter remix competition, been miscredited in DJ Food's definitive history of plunderphonics 'Raiding the 20th Century' mix, has been called 'uncool' by an influential plunderphonician, as alter-ego DJ Penfold has been considered equally illegal to DJ Danger Mouse, as FadDeserter %20's fascination with censored media is explored. %20 has earned 'Bug 150196' in the KDE Bug Tracking System for its error inducing audio output. %20 is still Overpeer's greatest fan.

Fred Church (Kumquat): Fred Church is the sole member of Kumquat, a sample-driven electronic music act. Kumquat samples sounds from scratchy old records, field recordings of street musicians, conversations with friends, and historic speeches. Kumquat appeared on The Droplift Project, the well-known music CD and culture jamming experiment, as well as the We Bore compilation on Toast and Jam records - where each artist created music they like by sampling music they hate. The second full-length Kumquat album, Similar To Sugar Pill, was recently released on Tangy Citrus records, and is available for free to those who ask.

Members of snuggles hosted a panel at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York City. We were joined by an amazing group of people from the community. Audio and Resources from the panel can be found here.

Description: Over the past nearly 20 years, the internet has proved to be fertile ground for projects that raise awareness, question authority and inspire social cohesion. Culture Jamming, Hacking and Hacktivism have helped provoke changes in the technical, cultural and political aspects of our society. This panel aims to provide an overview of these techniques through examples of some of the more memorable projects. Starting with the manipulation of voicemail services and leading up to Denial of Service attacks on government webservers, the panel will cover how these projects were organized and executed as well as the reaction that they inspired. The panel will also include a discussion section (with audience participation encouraged) where we will contemplate what use these techniques have in light of the quickly changing internet and digital media landscapes.


Pan: Pan is the founder of the Sensory Research Network, a virtual home for engineers, designers and artists dedicated to providing useful tools, services and ideas to augment human interaction. SRN is also host to the various projects of the Snuggles Collective and the audio archive for the Church of the Subgenius Hour of Slack. Pan is the creator and host of the long running technology radio show Interactive Technologies. He has been participating in culture jamming for nearly 20 years in various forms from image collage, audio collage and screening to cultural pranks.

Phineas Narco: Phineas Narco, proprietor of The National Cynical Network, was a member of a voicemail community in California's Silicon Valley, which spontaneously arose there shortly before the advent of world wide web. Members of this voicemail (or 'voicejail') community would use voicemail box systems as a means of social networking, and creative expression, much in the way blogs and websites are used on the internet today. These 'voicejailers' would often create collages out of audio media, mixing them with recordings of incoming voicemail messages. The resultant mixes would then be placed on their outgoing greetings, to then be recorded and used by other members of the community, creating an underground media-sharing phone culture. Phineas now hosts "Midnight Voicejail" broadcasts which document this pre-web voicemailbox scene by presenting actual recordings from it. This material is mixed with collages made for the series itself. Phineas has also performed with members of Negativland, mostly on Negativland's radio show 'Over the Edge', and is a reclusive yet prominent figure in the Church of the Subgenius.

TradeMark G. (Evolution Control Committee): TradeMark G. is a musician and artist, perhaps best known as founder of the band The Evolution Control Committee in 1986. He is also a culture jammer, equipment designer, software designer, and organizer. The Evolution Control Committee is best known for its copyright-challenging stance, using found sounds to create new musical works at the risk of copyright violation. This made The ECC the target of a cease & desist order from CBS for sampling newscaster Dan Rather, but also earned The ECC credit for creating the "Mash-Up" genre of music (also called Bastard Pop). TradeMark can take credit for those and all other ECC projects, including the development and construction of the Thimbletron, a live sampling performance instrument.

Mark Hosler: Mark is a founding member of Negativland. Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement. Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

Tim Maloney (Naked Rabbit): Tim is an artist, animator and filmmaker from Los Angeles who has worked extensively in media and print. He has collaborated with culture jammers Negativland and was the curator of Snuggles Collective's "Droplift Project".

Prof. Ricardo Dominguez: Ricardo is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He was co-Director of The Thing (www.thing.net) an ISP for artists and activists from 2000 to 2004, as well as Senior Editor from 1996 to 1999. He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble. Ricardo's performances have been presented in museums, galleries, theater festivals, hacker meetings, tactical media events and as direct actions on the streets and around the world. One of his recent net.art projects (turistafronterizo) was developed for the International inSite_05 (insite05.org) Art Interventions Festival in collaboration with Coco Fusco. Ricardo also collaborated with artist Diane Ludin on (ibiology) which was presented at ISEA 2004 and at the MadridMedia Lab (2005). Another of his recent collaborations is (specflic.net) a speculative distributed cinema project with artist Adriene Jenik (2006). His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cárdenas and Jason Najarro the *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border was the winner of "Transnational Communities Award", this award was funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment for Culture Mexico - U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. He is an Assistant Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department and is also a Principal/Principle Investigator at the new edge technology institute CALIT2 (www.calit2.net) where he will be researching and developing a performance project in collaboration with artist Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll on nanotechnology entitled *Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market* (pitmm.net) that was presented in Berlin (2007) and the San Diego Museum of Art (2008).

Dr. Bernardo Attias: Dr. Bernardo Attias is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. He received a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a Rhetorical Studies emphasis from the University of Iowa, and he has a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University's School of Speech. His research focus emphasizes cultural approaches to communication studies as well as communication-centered approaches to cultural studies. He has written on media coverage of the war in the Gulf, on the politics of psychoanalysis, on the rhetoric and politics of hip-hop culture, and on the drug war. His current work focuses on the legal, aesthetic, and cultural implications of the turntable. He has also been a DJ for over twenty years and is an active participant in DJ culture.

Steev Hise: Steev is a filmmaker, activist, and artist who recently stopped being a computer geek. He is the founder of Detritus.net, a now mostly inactive website established in 1997 to be a haven for artists and scholars who practice or study artistic appropriation, cultural recycling, or what some call culture jamming. Steev hates when people call themselves 'copyright criminals' or 'pirates.'

%20 : Corporate Shill, Consumer Whore, Wannabee Cultural Chimera, part time music fan and maker of sounds in the plunderphonic glitch noise category. %20 is not known for anything significant. But %20 is the definitive drafter of thee 'Snuggles New Media Collective' official 'Free Speech For Sale' Affiliate Program Agreement Disclosure. As part of the Snuggles' 'Dictionaraoke Project', %20's version of Culturcide's 'Heart of Rock'n'Roll (is the Profit)' gained the misinterpretation of the UK's 'The Wire : Adventures in Modern Music' article 'Criminal Elements'. Sounds by %20 have gained the appreciation of the 'MediaDefender Remix Competition', been considered unjust by the sponsor of a ccMixter remix competition, been miscredited in DJ Food's definitive history of plunderphonics 'Raiding the 20th Century' mix, has been called 'uncool' by an influential plunderphonician, as alter-ego DJ Penfold has been considered equally illegal to DJ Danger Mouse, as FadDeserter %20's fascination with censored media is explored. %20 has earned 'Bug 150196' in the KDE Bug Tracking System for its error inducing audio output. %20 is still Overpeer's greatest fan.

Fred Church (Kumquat): Fred Church is the sole member of Kumquat, a sample-driven electronic music act. Kumquat samples sounds from scratchy old records, field recordings of street musicians, conversations with friends, and historic speeches. Kumquat appeared on The Droplift Project, the well-known music CD and culture jamming experiment, as well as the We Bore compilation on Toast and Jam records - where each artist created music they like by sampling music they hate. The second full-length Kumquat album, Similar To Sugar Pill, was recently released on Tangy Citrus records, and is available for free to those who ask.

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