Adnan Hadzi is currently working as resident academic in the Department of Digital Arts, at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta. Hadzi has been a regular at Deckspace Media Lab, for the last decade, a period over which he has developed his research at Goldsmiths, University of London, based on his work with Deptford.TV. His practice-led research interest demonstrates his commitment to equal opportunities. Thus practice as research becomes important in order to discuss 'Access to Technology', a key point for digital/social media. It is through Free and Open Source Software and technologies this research has a social impact.
Hadzi is co-editing and producing the after.video video book, exploring video as theory, reflecting upon networked video, as it profoundly re-shapes medial patterns (Youtube, citizen journalism, video surveillance etc.). This volume more particularly revolves around a society whose re-assembled image sphere evokes new patterns and politics of visibility, in which networked and digital video produces novel forms of perception, publicity – and even (co-)presence. A thorough multi-faceted critique of media images that takes up perspectives from practitioners, theoreticians, sociologists, programmers, artists and political activists seems essential, presenting a unique publication which reflects upon video theoretically, but attempts to fuse form and content.
Hadzi’s documentary film work tracks artist pranksters The Yes Men and net provocatours Bitnik Collective. He released Bitter Lemons documentary mapping lemon grovers on both sides of the no mans land of Cyprus. Bitter Lemons is the moving story of a friendship between enemies that survived against the odds over 30 years of separation. It provides a unique local perspective on the largely forgotten conflict in Cyprus, which became part of the European Union in 2004. Hadzi’s current documentary project focuses on his involvement in the media arts collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik. A collective of contemporary artists working on and with the Internet. Bitnik’s practice expands from the digital to affect physical spaces, often intentionally applying loss of control to challenge established structures and mechanisms. Bitnik's works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues.
Body, Space & Technology (BST) Journal: member of the editorial board, London, UK, URL: https://www.bstjournal.com/
Peer reviewer for Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, URL: http://www.imaging.org/jist/
Peer reviewer for Journal of Peer Production (P2P), URL: http://peerproduction.net/
Acting Head of Department for academic year 2019
Assistant Chair, Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, MaKS, UM
Member of Scientific Committee of the International Conference in Digital Culture & Audio-visual Challenges: Interdisciplinary Creativity in Arts and Technology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
After Video, Series Editor & Producer, Open Humanities Press, London, UK, in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Germany
Co-Organiser Video Vortex conference. The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) started the Video Vortex international network in 2007, URL: http://networkcultures.org/videovortex/
boattr project for MAZI (CreekNet) supported by Horizon2020: Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS), European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), 2016 to 2018 | Grant, URL:https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/collective- awareness-platforms-sustainability-and-social-innovation-caps
European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), supported by COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (Brussels, Belgium), 2019 to 2023 | Grant, CA18136, URL: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18136/#tabs|Name:overview
Video Vortex XII Conference, Conference Incentive Fund, supported by the Ministry of Finances (Valletta, Malta), 2019-09-26 | Grant, MFEI Circular 03/16, URL: https://mfin.gov.mt/
Cycles of Circulation – Knowledge Practices and Planetary Flows Between Science, Representation and Control, forthcoming research collaboration with Critical Media Lab Basel, Switzerland, supported by Swiss National Science Foundation, 2021 | Grant SNSF (185494), URL: https://www.ixdm.ch/portfolio/cycles-of-circulation/
Media and Migration - SSHRC Partnership Grant application in partnership with Global Emergent Media (GEM) Lab at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Ottawa, Canada, planned for 2021 until 2028, Partnership Grant SSHRC, URL: https://www.globalemergentmedia.com/
Immersive Lab University of Malta (ILUM), supported by RSSD (Msida), 2021 to 2022 | Grant, Research Excellence Award, URL: https://www.um.edu.mt/rssd/internalfunding