Next 5 Minutes - final program on-line

Posted by Eric | Fri Sep 5th 2003 2:18 p.m.


International Festival of Tactical Media

De Balie / Paradiso / Melkweg / Waag Society
NIM Montevideo / Imagine IC / SALTO


- Program-overview, see: "Program"
- Program day-by-day, see: "Schedule"
- Participants see: "People"

About the festival:

Media Tacticians from all continents will gather in Amsterdam,
September 11 - 14 in Amsterdam for the fourth edition of the Next 5
Minutes festival. The special character of the festival is marked by
the fact that Next 5 Minutes is only put together when the times
demand a new edition. Central to the festival is the concept of
"tactical media", the fusion of art, media and politics. The
preparations for the festival started on September 11, 2002, exactly
one year after the 9/11 disaster. Now the festival is opened on
September 11, 2003 with testimonies from Afghanistan, Iraq and the
United States.

Next 5 Minutes testifies to the power of art and progressive media
makers to produce media that is essentially different from the daily
hyper-violent spectacles we are confronted with, especially via
broadcast television. Tactical media are creative, engaged, they
celebrate amateurism, they provide platforms for those voices left
out elsewhere. During one year Tactical Media Labs have been
organised on 6 continents in preparation for the festival. The result
of all this activity can now be experienced by a broad audience in

-Weekend passepartout: 35 Euro
-Day tickets: 20 Euro

You can find out more about the festival and the program via the
festival web site. You can also register for our e-mail announcement
list, at:

More information about the festival may also be obtained from the
festival production office:




Cybermohalla In its broadest imagination, one can see Cybermohalla as
a desire for a wide and horizontal network (both real and virtual) of
voices, texts, sounds and images in dialogue and debate. Mohalla in
Hindi and Urdu means neighbourhood. Sarai's Cybermohalla project
takes on the meaning of the word mohalla, its sense of alleys and
corners, its sense of relatedness and concreteness, as a means for
talking about one's 'place' in the city, and in cyberspace.

Bureau d'Etudes - Tactical Cartography Bureau d'Etudes from
Strasbourg will create a large visual mapping of ownerships relations
in the inter-national media industry. The maps will be on display in
De Balie throughout the festival.

Podebal The Czech art group Podebal will show some of their
remarkable and controversial projects such as the "Gallery of
Established Nomenclatura". It revealed how little has changed in the
personnel outfit of the ruling class since the fall of communism and
lead to national scandal.

Critical Art Ensemble - Mobile Transgenic Fast-Food Test Lab An
experimental set-up to test (fast-) food for the use of transgenic
components (outlawed in the EU, but widely used in the US). The
Leidse Plein area obviously holds a rich resource of testing

Archeopteryx The old high-rises in the Amsterdam Southeast Bijlmer
district are a stopping place for immigrants without a legal
residence. Now that the old flats are going to be replaced,
Archeopteryx (from Izhevsk, Russia) is PACKING one of them to call on
people and local authorities to Handle (the hunted population) with

The Riot Porn Video Booth Throw in a coin and have your twenty
seconds pornographic activism experience!


PARADISO, FRI. SEP. 12th, DOORS OPEN: 20H00 Voicing Resistance

A performance night devoted to Hip Hop as a site of resistance that
has long left its roots in the North American urbania. The
performance night will bring together musicians and collectives with
different backgrounds from, amongst others, Supersoul
(Lex/Metatronix), Seth P. Brundle (Beta Bodega), Manuvers (Botanica
del Jibaro) and La Mano Fria (Beta Bodega).

PARADISO, SAT. SEP. 13th No: Escape:
Secured by CSE Systems

This evening program is a challenge to the current security concerns
that have seized public discourse not only in the United States but
also increasingly in countries such as The Netherlands. The occasion
of the Next 5 Minutes festival is used to introduce a new complete
security system bringing absolute safety to performance and club
spaces such as Paradiso. CSE addresses the needs for security of a
society in distress. We want to cater to this need with absolute
perfection. The program is devoted to the inauguration of this new
security system.

No Escape is a program with experimental electronic music,
installations and several surprising guest performances. No Escape
might be a long stretch: starting off at 8pm it only comes to an end
ten hours later, at 6am.

Invited artists:
Funckarma vs. Shadowhuntaz (Dub / Skam), Cane (Warp), u-Ziq
(Planet-Mu), Erol Arkan, Rauw, Carbon Defence League, and Joost van

State of Sabotage / Speculative Archive / Clausthome

State of Sabotage presents AMIKEJO - The National Dish and Consulate
SoS will present its national dish and lay claim to visitors'
abdominal territory. The national dish will be dispensed to visitors
and remain in their colons forever. This dish is the maraschino
cherry, specially engraved with SoS typography. The performance (or
communion) will take place on stage in and around a Mongolian yurt,
festively accompanied by the electronic sounds of DJ Pomassl.

Speculative Archive The Speculative Archive works with existing
collections of historical records to produce new documents. Current
research focuses on state secrecy as a memory practice and its
effects on contemporary political dynamics.

Clausthome This industrial and digital noise ensemble from Riga,
Latvia has managed to re-inspire a well-known genre. Their sound/
performances are always challenging, but also visually inspiring.

MELKWEG, SAT. SEP. 13th, DOORS OPEN: 20H30 fem snd

Due to the heavy under-representation of women in electronic music
and dj culture, the fem snd party will focus on the aspect of giving
female artists the opportunity to perform their work. Particularly
emphasis is placed on artists who, besides doing their own artistic
work, are also active in political contexts, and in building networks
and platforms for other artists. The focus is on experimental
electronic club music looking for groundbreaking conceptual and
technical innovations.



Within the program much attention is given to media activism, but
also to cinematic interesting films that seek a connection with the
thematic threads of the festival. The American "Whispered Media"
present We interrupt this Empire and Boom! The sound of Eviction.
Also screened is The horribly Stupid Stunt. In this film the
collective "The Yes Men" documents how one of them, as a fake
delegate from WTO, is making an absurd speech at a congress of
unsuspectingly lawyers. Craig Baldwin's Spectres of the Spectrum is a
science fiction film based on found footage in which the history of
media technology is interwoven with a distopical vision of the
future. This diversity of short and long movies is presented in
blocks with themes like Global Conflict, Political protest and Urban
displacement. Some of the makers will be present at the festival.
After 1h there will be a nightly cult program in the Melkweg.

Media Library

The Media Library will be a permanent space in the festival that
hosts a collection of media productions with a specific social,
cultural or political agenda. Media of crisis, criticism and
opposition. Media that provide an antidote to the world as we see it
represented in mainstream media and current geopolitics. Any festival
participant can access the Media Library during the festival.

Hybrid Media Studio

As in previous editions, Next 5 Minutes is more than an event for
presentation and debate about media, it is also an event where a lot
of media-output is produced on site. The nerve centre of the media
production during N5M4 will be the Hybrid Media Studio. The concept
takes the fusion of different media-forms within a hybridised digital
media network as its starting point. Radio, television, internet,
wireless transmission, satellite and other forms of electronic media
production continue to exist in their own right, but they are also
more and more often combined into expanded media formats that involve
two or more media at once. The Hybrid Media Studio brings these
different media-forms together in one space, and connects them to all
available media-infrastructures. Amsterdam offers unique
possibilities for non-commercial free media programming on local TV
and radio, as well as various web-casting facilities. From the Hybrid
Media Studio continuous live programming will be fed to local media
outlets, to international (satellite-) outlets, and to local media
partners in other cities in the world. What makes the studio hybrid
is its trans-genre approach, and its trans-local distribution.

Open Space / Tactical Autonomous Zones (TAZ)

An element first introduced in the third edition of Next 5 Minutes in
1999 that we wish to foreground more are the Tactical Autonomous
Zones. These are un-programmed but fully equipped presentation spaces
where participants can sign up themselves for a presentation. The
idea is to create open zones in the festival for impromptu
presentations and gatherings, spaces for contestation and difference.
Registration for the TAZ is open to all festival participants and
works on a first come first serve basis.

The complete festival program can be found on the festival web site:
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