Academy of Thoughts


by Martín Nadal (ES)
"FANGØ" is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism. Disguised as a mobile phone charger, a microcontroller takes control of the smartphone in which it is plugged in. Making queries to Amazon, Google, and other search engines, uploading videos on YouTube, liking random photos on Instagram, it aims to deceive data brokers, and disrupt the data capturing process. In this two-part workshop, the artist will introduce participants to the concept of surveillance capitalism and how it works, and he will present examples of works from other artists who examine similar ideas through their work. In the second part, the group will discuss the technical aspects of the "FANGØ" device, and the participants will have the chance to replicate one using their own Raspberry Pi, under the artist’s guidance.
  • Hauptplatz 8 - Courtyard
  • 11. September


    14:00 - 15:30: Workshop: "Data Polluters (interfight)" with Cesar Escudero Andaluz
    15:30 - 17:00: Workshop: "FANGØ" with Martin Nadal
    18:00 - 18:20: Lecture by Martin Nadal: “Nōn omne quod nitet aurum est”, authenticity of the NFT
    18:20 - 18:40: Lecture and reply by CryptoWiener: "How CryptoWiener captured cultural icons on the Etherum network"
    18:30 - 19:00: Final Roundtable with CryptoWiener, Martin Nadal, César Escudero Andaluz, Martin Zeilinger, Rosemary Lee and Manuela Naveau
Martin Nadal (BSc) is an artist/creative coder based in Linz and studying the Interface Cultures program at University of Art and Design Linz. In the past years he has collaborated in a variety of projects and taught some workshops related to art and technology. He is also interested in illustration and cinematography. His works have been shown at Visualizar 11 (Medialab Prado), Ars Electronica, AMRO Festival (Linz), Settimana della Scienza (Genova), IAMAS (jp) and ZKM (Karlsruhe).