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Highlights of 30C3 Art & Beauty Track and Works

“You can create art and beauty on a computer.” The quote has been derived from Steven Levy’s famous hacker ethic in his book »Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution« – published in 1984, the debut year of the Chaos Communication Congress at Bürgerhaus Eidelstedt in the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg.

30 years later »Art & Beauty« (»Kunst und Schönheit«) – its ironic twist entirely unfolding in German language – is one of five content tracks in the conference program. You can’t overlook it in the Fahrplan –  the purple colour coding is as weird as the naming is misleading.

The particular review team searched for speakers who are using hacker tools and skills to create art works which are critically dealing with the underlying technology, the very hacker culture itself, or the impact of both towards a broader audience outside the core hacker community, i. e. mass media, popular culture, art or politics.

Therefore we are very proud to present an international all-star selection of artists, hackers and theorists who followed the invitation of the CfP to contribute to the jubilee edition of the Chaos Communication Congress.

Trevor Paglen is currently one of the most prolific contemporary artists who unveils the hidden, but in an uncanny way highly aesthetic landscape of top secret U. S. military programs which heavily take advantage from the NSA’s global SigInt espionage activities.

olia lialina has been pioneering net art from the 1990s on and is asking in her lecture »Turing Complete User« what the disappearing of the computer – into the Cloud, into the Internet of Things does to the concept of its User.

Ars Electronica award-winning artist Julian Oliver is talking on the »Art of Exploit« as an introduction to critical engineering and interventions rather than art in a conventional way. Together with his partner at art collective weise7 he will present the prototype of »PRISM: The Beacon Frame« as an example of such critical work of art in the framework of the 30C3 exhibition organised by the local Hamburg Gängeviertel

Also joining the Gängeviertel’s art exhibition is Aram Bartholl with his open design laboratory and workshop »Kill Your Phone!« whereas his conference lecture »Hello World!« gives a resume of his stunning art projects like »USB DeadDrops« or »IRL map marker in public« that always blurs the symbolic orders of the digital sphere and its physical counterparts.

A highlight at the very start of the conference will be lixvlx’ lecture »What’s so funny about?« The member of the art group UBERMORGEN.COM famous for their highly controversial works like »voteauction.com« or »GWEI – Google will eat itself« is talking about the practical impossibility of interventionist art practice under today’s regime of anti-terror legislation.

Besides the conference program Art & Beauty has entered the night line and is presenting two high profile performances of artelse’s facial hacking research »Perfect Paul« and KH Jeron’s singing and dancing robot – build to take part in TV casting shows – »Sim Gishel«.

Last, but not least, the 30C3 poster-child hardware-hacking open art project »Seidenstrasse« – a revision of the OCTO installation by the artist group Telekommunisten – originated from the Art & Beauty review team’s brainstorming sessions and is adding up an all-new layer of communication infrastructure to the event: A pneumatic tube system built from non-perforated (airtight) drainage pipe and vacuum cleaners Seidenstrasse.

To sum it up: a revision to Steven Levy’s quote is overdue: »You can create more than art and beauty on a computer.«

Assemblies! Please arrive early for set up!

TL;DR: Please get to the CCH by 25th/26th with your assembly setup if possible

Beat the crowds and start building your assembly on the 25th! (Day -1). It makes loading so much easier for all of us and gives you time to make sure you have everything you need. Why get stuck in traffic around and inside the building? If you arrive early enough on the 25th, you may even be able to drive right into the unloading hall!

If you’re unloading a vehicle with equipment or other stuff you plan to use at the 30C3, put Tiergartenstraße 2, 20355 Hamburg in your GPS.

Once you’ve arrived, have someone in your group head to the infodesk, who will let you know how to find your assembly. You can reach the infodesk via Eingang C, check there with the Angel or Security Guard inside for further instructions. Please use this entry only for loading and unloading.

Of course, please be sure to bring enough power strips and lamps for your assembly. Be extra neighborly and bring some for others to borrow as well!

Assemblyspace

This place is already waiting for you.

Radom

English translation below

Die Funkamateure im Umfeld des Chaos Computer Clubs, genannt Chaoswelle (Assembly) bringen ein ganz besonderes Stück Hardware mit: einen Radom. Den wollen wir auf dem Dach aufbauen – was da drunter versteckt wird, verraten wir nicht!

Aufgebaut ist das Radom etwa vier Meter im Durchmesser, und es gehörte früher den USA und stand im Bayrischen Wald, um dort gewisse “feindliche Nachbarländer” abzuhören. Zwischenzeitlich gehört es einer Sternwarte, die es uns gerne zur Verfügung stellt.

Stakenburg Radom

English Translation:

We of the “Chaoswelle“, the Amateur Radio operators of the Chaos Computer Club and our 30C3 assembly are bringing a very special piece of hardware: A Radome!  We plan to place it on the roof of the CCH. But we won’t tell you what’s hidden underneath.

The radome is about 4 Meters (13 ft.) in diameter and was formerly used by the US to listen to “hostile neighboring countries”. Today, it belongs to the Stakenburg Observatory who is graciously loaning it to us for the 30C3.

Get your Lightning Talk on!

Did you think that the thrill of sharing your ideas in front of a huge audience at a C3 was something you’d never do? Was your talk one of the hundreds that got rejected? Did you come up with an awesome hack today that you need to share? Well, you’re in luck because the Lightning Talks are back for the 30c3!

Taking place at 12:45 on Days 2, 3 and 4, these fast paced sessions are perfect for pitching new software or hardware projects, exploits, creative pranks or strange ideas you need to get out to a global audience. Even if you don’t have an awesome idea or project to share, a Lightning Talk is perfect for pitching your self organized session, assembly, or even a longer talk you’ll give at the speakers corner.

There’s even a special 180 second express round on Day 4 for those of you who don’t need fancy slides or a full five minutes to share your ideas.

Registration is now open for the Lightning Talk sessions at the 30c3. Act fast to reserve your slot. Day 2 is full and Day 3 is almost full. (Update: Day 3 is full, there are only spots left on Day 4)

The Lightning Talks filled up on Day 1 last congress and at the current pace of submissions, they will likely fill up before the 30C3 begins!

PS: Natürlich könnt ihr euren Lightning Talk auch in Deutsch halten!

Capture the Flag

Dear Congress Visitors!

You’re tired of running around the Congress on the Schnitzeljagd (sounds like it’s fun!) or didn’t get a place? You’re like knocking your head on problems? Then we might offer something interesting for you!

Grab a few friends and join our capture the flag competition. These so called CTFs are hacking competitions in which participants solve various challenges – all based around gaining access to remote machines by exploiting vulnerable binaries, solving mathematical problems and completing various other tasks. This CTF will be run in “Jeopardy” style, i.e. challenges can be solved independently and are divided into categories. Each solved challenge gains your team points based on its difficulty. You will be able to track your and other team’s progress on a publicly visible scoreboard.

The CTF will start on day 1 (december 27th) at 20:00 CET (that’s 19:00 UTC) and lasts for 48 hours. The registration will be open before and during the competition, so anyone can join in late. In line with the usual motto Congress Everywhere, teams are able to participate remotely. Even if you never played in a CTF before, don’t hesitate to take part!

If you still have any questions, you can meet the CTF organizers at their Assembly.

Good luck and have fun!

Experience the Congress at its best – join the angels!

Chaos Communication Congress mal anders – Hilf mit!

english version below

Die Kohlenstoffeinheiten, die den Congress erst möglich machen, werden gemeinhin auch Engel genannt. Sie kümmern sich um alles, angefangen vom Aufbau, Audio-Aufzeichnungen der Vorträge über die Einlasskontrolle, Pressebetreuung, Simultanübersetzung bis hin zum Abbau.

Aber was ist das Besondere daran ein Engel zu sein? Eine Frage, die man jedes Jahr neu beantworten muss. Denn der Congress lebt von seinen Besuchern und den freiwilligen Helfern, die ihn jedes Jahr neu erschaffen und mit ihrer Kreativität jedes Jahr anderes werden lassen als die Jahre zuvor. Willst Du, dass Deine Kreativität und Dein Engagement ein Teil dieses Erlebnisses werden?

Bring Dich ein und werde als Engel Teil einer Gemeinschaft, die so alt ist, wie der Congress selbst. Seit dem ersten Congress 1984 wird alles durch Freiwillige – genannt ‘Engel’ – erledigt. Als Gegenleistung erhalten die Engel einen ruhigen Platz im berühmten ‘Himmel’ inklusive Essens- und Getränkeversorgung, sowie das gute Gefühl mitzuhelfen und ein wichtiger Teil des Congresses zu sein.

Um selbst ein Engel zu werden, musst Du Dich nur im Engelsystem registrieren. Dort kannst Du Dich dann selbst für Schichten eintragen, die Dir zusagen. Für viele Aufgaben sind keine besonderen Kenntnisse erforderlich, andere erfordern eine Einführung, welche aber auf den 30C3 angeboten wird. Weitere Informationen findest Du auf der Engelseite im Wiki.

Wenn Du Dir noch unsicher bist, kannst Du auch jederzeit im Himmel vorbei schauen. Die dortigen SchichtkoordinatorInnen können Deine Fragen sicherlich beantworten. Du wirst auch immer auf andere Engel treffen die Dich bei Deinen Schichten unterstützen.

Wenn Du also zwei Stunden oder mehr Leerlauf hast, trage Dich bittte für eine Schicht ein!
Wir freuen uns auf Dich im Himmel!

Wenn Du Dich nicht daran beteiligen möchtest, den Congress am Laufen zu halten, nimm Dir bitte zumindest die Zeit und zeige pro Tag mindestens drei Engeln Deine Dankbarkeit. :)

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english version:

Experience the Congress at its best – join the angels!

Angels are the voluntary auxiliary carbon compounds making the whole congress possible. They run everything: introduction of speakers, audio/video streams and recordings, data, electricity and phone networks, bars, and even emergency services.

What makes being an angel so special, you may wonder. Let us answer this with a question: Are you able to run an event with thousands of visitors, creative minds, eager to discuss, explore and most of all: create?

Join the angels and find out! Doing so, you will join a community as old as the Congress itself.
Since the very first Congress in 1984, everything is done by volunteers called ‘Angels’. In return, the angels get some quiet space in the famous ‘Heaven’ including food and drink supply, and the good feeling of helping out and being part of the Congress experience.

To become an angel, all you have to do is to register in the engelsystem where you can sign up for your favourite shifts, times and tasks. Many of the tasks do not need any knowledge besides showing up on time but are nonetheless vital for the Congress. Other tasks may need an introduction with which you will be provided in time at the 30C3. Please read the angel wiki page for basic information.

If you do not yet know, how to start, you can also visit the heaven and ask, how you could help. There you can also receive information about shortages and important tasks.

So if you have two or more hours to spare, sign up for a shift!
We will be waiting for you in Heaven!

If you don’t want to participate in making the congress work, at least take your time and thank at least 3 angels every day to show your gratitude. :)

 

“Hackerschnitzeljagd” – a scavenger hunt for hackers

For the 30C3 we have designed a scavenger hunt for hackers and geeks. You will be challenged with puzzles and tasks including writing code, printing 3D objects, solving riddles and much, much more… The hunt will take place on the second day of the congress (28th of December) from 2pm to around 8pm and is made for about 10 teams competing with each other. A team should consist of 3 to 6 members. All you need is a computer, a twitter and email account and a blog of your choice (soup, tumblr, etc.) for documentation purposes.

If you like challenging riddles and games, write to info (at) turnonthatobject.de to get you invitation token. All additional information will then be provided by email. Also please check https://turnonthatobject.de/ and follow @play_toto on twitter for updates.

How to get power at 30C3 – bring ALL your multi-outlet power strips!

German summary: Unbedingt Mehrfachsteckdosen mitbringen! Ausserdem: Cat5-Kabel, Lampen für Eure Assembly, Telefone, Werkzeug, etc…

Distributing power on 30C3 requires a lot of planning and effort, and of course a truckload of equipment. This year the setup consists of 5 kilometers (km) of CEE compliant three-phase and 8km of 230V/16A power cabling, resulting in a total of 13km of cables needed to distribute power at the venue. To connect all the cables there are also about 100 three-phase distibuters needed, 25 of them being “big” ones with 63 amperes. On top of this power backbone we will have about 800 multi-outlet power strips in place, resulting in approximately 3900 power sockets.

=> So please bring your multi-outlet power strips!

That is very important as the sockets have to supply a lot of equipment on site, and there will be fewer outlets available than needed in busy most areas. So please bring a power strip to connect to the sockets provided on-site so you can share power with other users. If everybody starts charging their devices directly from that single free power outlet, there will not be any sockets left for other users. Also don’t forget to bring CAT5 cables for your laptops please, as there will be none provided!

Especially if you plan to connect several devices, or to set up an assembly you and your group should bring plenty of power strips with you. While you’re at it, please feel free to bring lamps (especially colored ones) and anything else that helps making your assembly a nice place worthwhile. Also you might want to bring your DECT phone or your old GSM mobile with an old SIM card, your soldering station and other devices and tools that might come in handy. If you are uncertain about what to bring or not to bring to the congress, please have at look our “How To Survive” page in the wiki.

For all travellers from abroad, please keep in mind that the German power sockets might be different from the ones you use to have. So don’f forget to bring your adapters.

The Food Hacking Base @30C3

Greetings to all from Food Hacking Base!

Food Hacking Base

This year we will for the first time open an experimental kitchen and workshop venue dedicated to food & beverage hacking at CCC congress, you are welcome to come and join!
We will function as a food & beverage hub, running a variety of events from cheese tastings, brewing, kimchi making or experimental incubator building, you name it! For more information please check our assembly wiki page.
Please keep in mind that this is about food hacking, so there might be food to eat, but we will not sell any food. But the ingredients and all the equipment to set up a kitchen-place have their costs, so if you want to participate and support the budget of this assembly, you can do so here, many thanks!
Hope to see you all at the 30c3!

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PS: Don’t forget to bring some cheeses & related condiments and microbial cultures

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