[NetBehaviour] Kissmyars

Katriona Beales info at katrionabeales.com
Fri Sep 23 16:14:35 CEST 2016


Just to echo Helen's sentiments really - I really appreciate Furtherfield
sticking it's neck out (and I appreciate that is what it is) and publishing
this critique. Swept up in futurist thinking 'tech' cultures seem to be
generally immune (obvs there's exceptions) to self-critical thinking & a
lack of engagement with uncomfortable implications of the further
solidification of global inequalities... I think there's a fear of being
seen as a bit of a luddite (a misunderstanding sometimes I face because of
my practise engaging with ideas of online addictions) & any hesitation or
criticism seemed as 'backward' or 'awkward' (but then women are generally
'awkward' hahaha!). Generally techno-utopanists still have too much sway.
Here's to more discussion and engagement with the realities of our
techno-dystopias....

Katriona x

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> From: helen varley jamieson <helen at creative-catalyst.com>
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> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] technological sorcery | Technology is Not
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> 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 : )
>
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> 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.
> >
> > marc
> >
> > 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
> >     Novakovic.
> >     >>
> >
> >     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.
> >
> >     regards
> >     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
> >     technology?
> >
> >     "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 R?ckert), 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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> The Ineffable, Joke, Sublimation - Maria Damon, Alan Sondheim
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> http://www.alansondheim.org/ineffable.png
> http://www.alansondheim.org/maria.mp3 (M.D.)
> http://www.alansondheim.org/joke.mp3 (M.D., A.S.)
> http://www.alansondheim.org/alanflute.mp3 (A.S.)
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> I understand that sublimation is the process of repressing the
> "baser" instincts i.e. the libido in favor of structure and
> cultural production of some kind, but it also seems as if the
> same processes and products are in play in the attempt to reach
> the highest point of metaphysical ineffability and failing; the
> music, art, high-level philosophical/mathematical thinking that
> results is the by-product of aiming *beyond* the point of
> articulability rather than having its origins in the realm
> *below* it. Of course these are the two sides of the same coin
> of, say, addiction.
>
> - Maria Damon
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