by Ami Clarke
Publisher: Banner Repeater 2011
printed by Newsfax (Printers of the Financial Times UK)
16-page folded paper, edition of: 500. 19 x 24.5 cm. Colour - digital print
UN-PUBLISH (2.01) by Ami Clarke, touches upon some perhaps misleading ideas regarding technology, open-ness and democracy. Despite the seemingly democratic and open space of Web 2.0 and the global accessibility this platform suggess, the management of on-line data is exceptionally open to abuse in that it is very easy to delete, so that no trace is ever evident of it having been there. you would have had to know it was there in the first place.
Julian Assange (Wikileaks founder) whilst in conversation with Hans Ulrich Olbrist talks about ideas relating to this, which he calls: "Un-publishing".
Contrary to what we may suspect, traditional print media has a potentially longer shelf life, through the wide distribution of papers that resist the censorious reach of authorities, commercially or politically motivated.
N-PUBLISH (2.01) focus' on the communications between people in the life of Chelsea (then Bradley) E Manning, a US soldier who was arrested May 2010 in Iraq, and charged in July with transferring classified data onto his personal computer and communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source, whom many have speculated was Julian Assange (Wikileaks), and that informed the leaked information that became widely known as 'cable-gate'.
The meta-ficton by Ami Clarke, approprites the instant messenger conversations published by the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph and Wired, between manning, Zach Analok and Adrian Lamo, to expose a young man at great odds with his situation as he awaits discharge for "occupational problem and adjustment disorder" after an argument with a female officer, having told his master sergeant he was suffering from gender identity disorder. His texts are ideologically invested in both freedom of information and speech, and ultimately contextualized by his rich use of language inflected and infected by the language of sci-fi and Holliwood thrillers. It is printed on Financial Times paper, by the press that publishes the Financial Times and the Metro, amongst others.
No one suspected a thing. (I) listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga's Telephone while "exfiltrating" possibly the largest data spillage in America History" (Chelsea Manning)