I participated in the Syndicate list since 1997. It was established in 1996 as a "platform for the exchange of information between East and West European cultural activists". It was projected to be an "unmoderated channel for announcements as well as for discussions on projects, events and the political situation experienced. As an experimental research project on the possibilities of building open transcultural communities by using the advantages of tactical media in decentralized structures as the Internet provides them". But I must say there were many ups and downs on that list. I was, deliberately or accidentally, who knows, removed from it several times, or politely warned by its moderator Andreas Broeckmann not to send "provocative texts", which meant texts not in accord with his, or his sponsors' political goals. Perhaps Syndicate was created by support of Soros Fund in order to work under cover of West-East cultural collaboration, in fact recruiting young people from Eastern Europe mesmerized by new technology, traveling and earning for better living, who would become useful in further liberal capitalism's colonizing move toward East ("orange", "blue" and other revolutions).
It is indicative that the archive from the period of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (March-June 1999) was removed from the Syndicate archive, those months are empty. That was one of the questions to the moderator Broeckmann posed on list in August 2001 , when co-moderator Inke Arns has answered: "we decided to disable access to these postings in order to protect the originators of certain postings". That made me and many people on the list angry. It was a kind of censorship, in order to hide that majority of the list members in 1999 supported the bombing of Yugoslavia, and activities of the Kosovo Liberation Army. But also to erase traces of some voices on the list who strongly critcized NATO, its policy and barbaric activity, with arguments and passion. That induced further discussion on the Syndicate which lead to its end, actually to the end of Broeckmann's and Arns's horrible moderation of it, and its take over by Anna Balint and Claudia Westerman. You can see here some documentary excerpts.
Sat, 11 Aug 2001 19:23:27 +0200
Sun, 12 Aug 2001 13:06:25 +0200
this is correct. the syndicate archive does not allow access to the postings between march 1999 until may or june 1999 because of the then ongoing NATO bombings. we decided to disable access to these postings (btw: we decided upon this collectively) in order to protect the originators of certain postings.
perhaps we should discuss about whether to re-open the archive in its entirety?
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 22:11:42
Why that ? Are you ashamed that majority on this list supported the criminal NATO act? Also ashamed that majority supported the Albanian KLA, and look what is happening now in Macedonia. The same thing as with Yugoslavia in 1999. Will you also erase one day, after the NATO occupation of Macedonia, this period March 2001 -? You should think about that decision.
In the meantime the case of NN (Netochka Nezvanova, Integer, Antiorp) has occurred. A list member, prominent artist, activist and social critic who posted under that name was suddenly, without warning unsubscribed from Syndicate. In his/her frequent mailings (3-10 daily) he/she used to criticize the list moderators, but also their sponsors, namely Georg Soros, corporate capitalism, globalism etc. So moderators "democratically" decided to silence him/her. People on the list reacted asking moderators to bring NN back, rejected their arguments that NN was "spamming the list", offering to everyone who doesn't want to read NN's postings a simple "cure" - erasing or filtering mail program. Somehow NN was also able to read the discussion and sometimes send to list (though some members) so an interesting discussion went on, putting in focus the horrible manipulation, censorship and monopoly that Broeckmann and Arns practiced on Syndicate for years. Finally moderators, under pressure of list members had to bring NN back, but in the same time they have left the list, perhaps realizing they can not further manipulate others in favour of their sponsors/ ideological instructors. For their desperate runnaway they accused NN's "spamming", instead of their own censorship. Here are some fragments of that discussion, that lead to leaving of moderators (soon they founded a new list) and take over of Syndicate by its members in August 2001. After that Syndicate happily continued its life without any conflict until today.
Be sure to read NN's words (bottom) after being returned to the list, to learn more about activities of the horrible Art.Mafia! (Lovink, Broeckmann, Arns).
Sun, 12 Aug 2001 23:42:52 +0200
From: Frederic Madre <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Syndicate: for wbmaster (repost)
it's an important documentation of an important moment in this here history and should be reopened.
perhaps we should also discuss something else, but first: did the admins unsb netochka or did she do it herself ?
is unclear to me because I was offline for a few days later,
Mon, 13 Aug 2001 18:46:24 +0200 (CEST)
>did the admins uns*b netochka or did she do it herself ?
nn was uns*bscribed by Syndicate admin.
Syndicate admin had an agreement with nn when Syndicate admin s*bscribed nn some months ago. back then nn promised to Syndicate admin to behave herself. it went fine in the first weeks / months. unfortunately, she lost control of herself again.
btw: nn would never either s*bcribe nor un*bscribe by herself, she doesn't seem to like majordomo.
Syndicate admin thinks that it would be a great idea for nn to open up her own list [integer]. surely many people would like to s*bscribe.
Date: Wed, 15 Aug
2001 02:10:35 +0200
Inke, Andreas, Eric
I respect very much the work you and some other people put into the Syndicate.
i disagree with the way Syndicate is working: censorship and off list
Nn beside some relevant and poetic statements also bringed a disturbing noise to the list, this i agree. Still i think mail filter is better solution then censorship.
I was accused of being 'opinion maker' on Syndicate. Not true. I just wished to actively participate in something i considered as 'my*' mailing list.
*meaning: i felt like part of it
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 10:35:11 +0200
>in the case of
nn, this was never discussed per se
on the list, yes, offlist, no. i got a fair amount of private messages, but i feel strongly that they should have gone to the list.
annick, anke, and others: you *have to* voice your opinion *on* the list; i have no time nor energy to stick my head out like this again and again for a silent mass. if fred and jaka and andrej are the opinion leaders here, an integer-ated syndicate list is what you will get. i promise. like eric, i will leave and look for other, more bearable venues. no big deal, but everybody who cares should take responsibility for where this list is going.
Date: Wed, 15 Aug
2001 22:47:04 +0200
a short note: if this is the syndicate without NN,
Date: Mon, 13 Aug
2001 21:43:41 +0200
anyway, it was stated earlier that the kosovo archives were shut down after a discussion on the list I don't remember that I was for this decision but nonetheless accept it
in the case of nn, this was never discussed per se and if it was, a rough count from my rapidly ticking off neurons doesn't yield a lot of yeahs
in short, I wish nn reinstalled on the list, thank you
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001
12:35:40 -0400 (EDT)
Mon, 13 Aug 2001 19:32:07 +0200
i am not ready to administrate a mailing list which is called "[integer], formerly known as Syndicate".
if there are so many people eager to receive e-mails from integer -- why don't you suggest to nn to install her own mailing list? or, even better, as she would never deal with majordomo herself: why don't you install a mailing list for her?
perhaps I would even subscribe myself, who knows?
Date: Mon, 13 Aug
2001 22:34:07 +0200
Inke Arns wrote:
Now I think you are administrating the Corporate Fascist! list. Are you satisfied now?
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 13:51:06 +0200 (CEST)
Be a brave man, Andrej Tisma. If you have lost your moral confidence, then unsubscribe yourself and leave Syndicate to the corporate fascist soros swastika people.
Who stops you from starting another list?
Date: Wed, 15 Aug
2001 22:02:55 +0200
look who's here, the famous Big Brother Lovink, the Great Censor
of the open net.
Date: Tue, 14 Aug
2001 16:25:40 +0200 (CEST)
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 17:21:39 +0200
it seems that you banned integer from the
not reasons more personal than yours, i believe.
but as i said in my last message, i respect your opinion and if it turns out by, say, the weekend, that there are clearly more people in favour of resubscribing nn, i will suggest to the other admins that we do it. it is quite possible that your help in adminstring the list might then be needed.
faites vos jeux.
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001
Anke Hoffmann wrote:
> why it is not
There is a thing called filter. It is easy to use and then we would not argue about one very original, creative, intelligent, humorous, engaged and refreshing member of our "community".
>to view the
I think you have no understanding for others' interests. I must tell you I like Interger's postings more than yours. So I could ask Inke to remove you from the list. Just we are not so good pals and she would not do that as she did after your suggestion concerning Integer.
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 22:23:51
Lorenzo Taiuti wrote:
> If we find so
much words to fight about a "Lounge Identity" like NN,
Good question. I think in building the east/west community we must begin from our personal relations, not from net theories, net criticism and same bullshit. Now our personal relations are in crisis, because of censorship (Kosovo archive banned on this list, and now one member removed because of too much mailings which is also stupid). How do you imagine that community if we don't trust each other personally? Or generally east do not trust west, or vice versa.
Date: Thu, 16 Aug
2001 14:16:11 +1000
...i've kept fairly silent until now about the NN action-rictus, and will continue doing so whilst the list is overflowing up with retro-ridiculous opinions and sentiments that in no way take a net.wurked dynamic in2 account...
..i do need, however, 2 x.plain *y* i'm sending NN's replies to the list.....as NN has been uns*bbed without a list consensus, i'll continue 2 4ward her replies as i assume a rite-of-reply should be allowed under the paradigm the syndicate list has adopted.......
that the word syndicate can mean:
Thu, 16 Aug 2001 09:22:19 +0200
>Just a short note:
if this is the syndicate without NN,
i agree with diana. this is unbearable. there seems to be a clear desire to bring nn back to this list.
Date: Thu, 16 Aug
2001 09:03:55 +0200
people who have been on this list for 5 1/2 years have started uns*bscribing,
so you should not be too sure any more who is actually on
Date: Thu, 16 Aug
2001 10:51:58 +0200
> Subject: Majordomo
From - Thu Aug 16
me Lovink. I desire your attention.
For now we do not mind very much that M E N administer it but we like to play too.
Everyone shall feel much more relaxed once Anna Balint administers Syndicate as well (with fully equal rights and equal power to the M E N of course)
From - Thu Aug 16
It may be better for your mental health than covering up your cronies' Andreas Broeckmann's, V2's and Transmediale's actions [against humanity]
Are you coming or do you prefer being dragged before the tribunal +?
by the way. I wanted to ask since ...
Am wondering whether you are conducting a genocide or ... you just feel very attracted to us +? It _is why you visit us right +? You aren't coming over to _hurt us are you +?
It is amusing because, the other M A N (Broeckmann) controls my travel plans and projects. I think that is very inhospitable.
question if I may. What is your education Lovink +?
ie. all pertinent information is blocked on Nettime and Syndicate. (entirely_if
one is silenced - even Andreas, Inke and Geert can appear democratic and
There exist two+ issues:
2. the principal concern is others may acquaint themselves with this V2 and Transmediale financed art.mafia which has been destroying artists' and others' lives for years and very incompetently and clandestinely deciding what is and what isn't.
Andreas Broeckmann. Inke Arns. Geert Lovink, the V2 and Transmediale organizations TRADE IN FAVORS. And thus a "code of silence" has been implemented by them around all public information hubs that they control.
.. standard criminal maneuvering.
- Contact the V2 and Transmediale organizations and send them a clear message: Stop financing the Art Mafia!
Request the immediate resignation of Inke Arns, Andreas Broeckmann, and Geert Lovink.
same same + same + same + same thing. year after year after year after
year. korporat sludge]
ne may be frightened and it is understandable.
After all Andreas Broeckmann. Inke Arns. Geert Lovink, the V2 and Transmediale organizations may decide one's travel plans. Either by supporting death \ murder threats or the more subtil and expedient "favors"
After all Andreas Broeckmann. Inke Arns. Geert Lovink, the V2 and Transmediale organizations may decide one's career plans. Either by supporting death \ murder threats or the more subtil and expedient "favors"
Reason and its quale, emotion, rise together - to heights of musical, poetic or dramatic composition. Rational acts can be passionately engaged in or coldly executed.
some have called unreason, emotion, transports us
It is by being attentive to our emotional education that we grow the wings to cross the solipsistic gulf.
to V2 and Transmediale - this is a scandal.
(a noble act