Do-it-yourself Sammit_2014: Future of DIY-activism

In the end of April an important event for creative activists happened in Moskow – conference of urban activism, 4th edition of “Delay Sammit”! Main topics for this year were: community work, high technologies in activism, protection of public interests and self-organisation.

Within two days of the weekend more than 30 theoretical and another dozen of practical workshops were available. Apart from this diverse interaction with theorists and activists from all over the world, there happened an exhibition of high-technological activism “Future of DIY-activism” curated by Alen Biber, author of the blog

Projects are about mass surveillance, free internet-culture, mass media manipulations and ways activists invent to oppose all that. Works of the exhibition imply critical approach of the new generation of artists, designers and hakers towards development of engineering systems on which we count more and more everyday.

Either you challenge the IT age or it challenges you, have a look and keep on with Time!


Adam Harvey, CV Dazzle



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CV Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.

The name is derived from a type of World War I naval camouflage called Dazzle, which used cubist-inspired designs to break apart the visual continuity of a battleship and conceal its orientation and size. Likewise, CV Dazzle uses avant-garde hairstyling and makeup designs to break apart the continuity of a face. Since facial-recognition algorithms rely on the identification and spatial relationship of key facial features, like symmetry and tonal contours, one can block detection by creating an “anti-face”.


Aram Bartholl, Dead Drops and KILLYOURPHONE


‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation.


Do you get paranoid about your mobile telephone letting someone know what you are saying and where you are staying without your will for it? In 21st century your reasons are totally well grounded and tracking you even with a turned off mobile is possible. Now killing all these tendencies of your phone is easier than killing your tendencies for schizophrenia!

Just go to and make your own workshop on how to sew a shielding fleece pouch which gonna stop all the waves your little friend can produce. Even the clever one.


Mitch Altman: TV-B-Gone


Your TV-B-Gone universal remote control resembles other TV remote controls, but is different in two important ways. First, it only has a power button that allows you to switch a TV on or off. You control when you see, rather than what you see. Second, the device is so small that it easily fits in your pocket, so that you have it handy whenever you need it wherever you go: airports, bars, restaurants, laundromats, etc.

Simon Nikil: Realface Glamouflage


Realface Glamouflage is a T-shirt specially developed to counteract social network Facebook in its trial to connect everyone between each other. Thanks to visuals of distorted celebrities' faces a T-shirt can cheat Facebook in its process of photo tagging and as a result the system will add the link of celebrity's page.

Collection of these T-shirts offering facial recognition dazzle. Dazzle is a form of camouflage developed during WW1. It's goal is not to conceal but to confuse. Realface Glamouflage does not aim to conceal the wearer's face. It's attempt is to add noise, dazzle and confuse machine vision. Hiding faces should not be the solution, better to add some and fog up the lenses.

Where dogs run to: Antichanson


“Antichanson” - individual mobile device for protection and counteraction against interference of unwanted information from a radio. It allows to insensibly muffle chosen radio frequency by creation of harmonic radio noise in specific diapason. The device has a interference switch-on button and an adjustment frequency handle.