Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud were both born in Zurich and live and work in Berlin. They have participated in numerous international exhibitions and have been awarded many international prizes. Their art works include open-source projects that uncover forms of censorship of the Internet, undermine the concentration of political power and even resolve the dependency on infrastructure. The tools, provided by the artists, are used by communities in the USA, Europe, Australia and in countries such as Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, India, China and Thailand. Even in North Korea activists participate. But not everyone is fond of these projects.
In 2012 HOTEL GELEM with Roma families in Europe has been awarded by the Council of Europe. On this occasion French Interior Minister Manuel Valls organised a nation wide broadcasted counter-manifestation against the Art project. The PR China denied Wachter and Jud to enter the country since 2013.
Contributions by Christoph Wachter
Opening General Session
Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2017