[NetBehaviour] technological sorcery | Technology is Not Neutral
helen varley jamieson
helen at creative-catalyst.com
Fri Sep 23 00:20:18 CEST 2016
good on you furtherfield for, as usual, taking the risk :) it's an
important critique that should be made, & it would be interesting to
hear more - from others who were there, perhaps from ars electronica too.
h : )
On 17/09/16 12:39 21PM, marc garrett wrote:
> Hi Johannes,
> Thanks for your response,
> It is reassuring that the 'Technology is Not Neutral' show has been
> happening in Brighton and I wish that I'd to the time to be there.
> But, like yourself I've been too busy what with doing Furtherfield
> things, and my PhD.
> > It includes significant and newly commissioned work by pioneering
> >and contemporary female digital artists, spanning a wide range of
> >themes and approaches.
> Usually, I bulk at words like 'pioneering', they tend to m,ake me feel
> ill isnide -- but, if you've been kept down by: totalitarianism,
> sexism, hegemony, suppression, or an established elite - getting
> around these blockages means you're definitely worthy of upmost
> respect, as well as being seen as pioneering ;-)
> Getting back to your comments regarding the Ars Electronica 2016
> Review by KissMyArs on Furtherfield. Featuring it on the site is a
> risk because we are not rich and do not have the institutional power
> or resources that Ars Electronica has. And, many of the traditional
> groups out there may see this as a step too far. However, as one
> individual said on Twitter "Thanks #KissMyArs for writing on
> @furtherfield what many of us have been whispering 4 years about..."
> And, this is part of the point which is also a big problem that, too
> many are too quiet until it's too late to do something about it, and
> when someone (or many) does speak out about these matters, they are
> more likely to get attacked because to them it feels like you're being
> unjust, rude or horrible. It was the same when the Sex Pistols & peer
> punks challenged the establishment.
> Of course, the review and its critique on ars Electronica is a bit
> like an ant bumping into a tank.
> They'll survive, the establishment is banking on it ;-)
> Wishing you well.
> On 16 September 2016 at 18:42, Johannes Birringer
> <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
> <mailto:Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk>> wrote:
> dear all
> oh, are the techno-sorcerers at it again in Linz? the alchemists
> of our time?
> thanks for sharing this review with us, I was not aware (of the
> writer) but glancing at the review i see the critique spelled out
> in the last
> segment --
> The lack of social awareness and engagement of issues surrounding
> our time have begun to impinge on the festival itself, and an
> awareness campaign called #kissmyars is voicing concerns over the
> lack of female representation at the festival, particularly in the
> prix art prize which is awarded to men 9/10 times. The gender
> diversity in technology sector should no longer be ignored; this
> is one example of a socio-political issue not only overlooked at
> the festival program but also exacerbated by the organisation
> itself. I hope that the #KissMyArs campaign will not only
> rebalance the gender inequality at the event but also encourage
> the organisers to address other alarming realisations that operate
> within and around the application of technology in the social,
> political and economic sphere...
> Can I, in this connection, mention an exhibition that a curator
> friend, Gordana Novakovic, drew my attention to:
> Technology is Not Neutral
> 2 – 25 September 2016
> Presented in partnership with Phoenix Brighton as part of Brighton
> Digital Festival 2016
> The show highlights and investigates the work of a group of women
> artists in the field of digital arts, where women are often
> underrepresented. The title refers to a quote by Donna Haraway
> taken from her Cyborg Manifesto. It includes significant and newly
> commissioned work by pioneering and contemporary female digital
> artists, spanning a wide range of themes and approaches. The
> exhibition features work by Ghislaine Boddington, Susan Collins,
> Laura Dekker, Anna Dumitriu, Bhavani Esapathi, Julie Freeman, Kate
> Genevieve, Sue Gollifer, Luciana Haill, Nina Kov, and Gordana
> I missed it as I have been on the continent, but shall catch up
> with it when the show comes to Watermans in London later this fall.
> Johannes Birringer
> furtherfield [furtherfielder at gmail.com
> <mailto:furtherfielder at gmail.com>]
> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 4:58 PM
> Subject: [NetBehaviour] The tireless enchantment of technological
> sorcery | Ars Electronica 2016 Review.
> The tireless enchantment of technological sorcery | Ars
> Electronica 2016 Review.
> By #KissMyArs - http://bit.ly/2ctU82g
> A participant asks how Ars Electronica, one of the longest
> standing and biggest media arts festivals in the world, has found
> itself so far distanced from the political concerns surrounding
> "The alchemists of our time, or as I like to call them 'Dumb
> wizards', are continuing to design and exhibit technological
> achievements in self-fulfilling speculative words that have very
> little concern, consideration or critique with any relevant social
> issues of our time. Excluding the CyberArts exhibition (curated by
> Genoveva Rückert), which I thought was a top selection of some of
> the best media art works of the last years, Ars Electronica is
> predominantly occupied by interactive spectacles that neglect to
> examine the social & political impact of technology."
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