netwit 2.01

INTERVIEW Julian Assange with Hans Ulich Obrist


Two part extremely long, detailed interview in arts mag e-flux:


In Conversation with Julian Assange, Part I

…we need a way of consistently and accurately naming every piece of human knowledge, in such a way that their name arises out of the knowledge itself, out of its textual, visual, or aural representation, where the name is inextricably coupled to what it actually is. If we have that name, and if we use that name to refer to some information, and someone tries to change the contents, then it is either impossible or completely detectable by anyone using the name.



…if oligarchs and billionaires are in there ripping out bits of history, or connections between one part of history and another, because it interferes with their agenda—then the intellectual constructs that we are building up about our civilization are being built on something that is unstable. We are building an intellectual scaffold for civilization out of plasticine.


….this new idea that I want to introduce to protect the work of WikiLeaks can also be extended to protect all intellectual products. All creative works that can be put into digital form can be linked in a way that depends on nothing but the intellectual content of the material itself—no reliance on remote servers or any organization. It is simply a mathematical function on the actual intellectual content, and people would need nothing other than this function.



In Conversation with Julian Assange, Part II


Reviewed in a mere two pager in:


WikiLeaks’ Unrealized Project: What We Learned From Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Epic Interview With Julian Assange


Ben Daviis, Artinfo, 30 June 2011



July 1, 2011 Posted by | Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks | , , | Leave a comment