Armen Avanessian/Alexander Martos
in collaboration with Christopher Roth

Armen Avanessian * 1973 in Vienna, lives and works in Berlin
Alexander Martos * 1972 in Vienna, lives and works in Vienna
In collaboration with Christopher Roth

DISCREET – An Intelligence Agency for the People is described by Armen Avanessian and Alexander Martos as a para-agency modeled on existing secret services. During a three-week residency at the 9th Berlin Biennale, renegade experts from the fields of the arts, theory, technology, politics, law, hacktivism, and finance analyze and rework some of the core codes of the twenty-first century. Addressing challenges such as post-state sovereignty, global financial feudalism, and new algorithmic regimes, they will establish an agenda for an open-source intelligence service and a post-war society—that is, a society postdating the War on Terror. Occasionally accomplices will drop by to question strategies while providing coaching in specific techniques or offering the deep knowledge, historical context, and data resources that foster open intelligence. Can a small group of individuals with differently “limited” forms of knowledge and little time find answers to the difficult questions of a world where power relationships can no longer be measured on human scale? Is this the birth of a new actor within what has been, until now, the utterly unfree market for secret service providers?

List of works

DISCREET Insecurity Counseling

With Armen Avanessian/Alexander Martos and accomplices
in English
7 pm
Akademie der Künste, 2nd floor
Public Events 23.06, 30.06, 07.07.2016