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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   1. Re: technological sorcery | Technology is Not Neutral
      (helen varley jamieson)
   2. The Ineffable, Joke, Sublimation - Maria Damon,   myself
      (Alan Sondheim)


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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:20:18 +0200
From: helen varley jamieson <helen@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 : )

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@brunel.ac.uk
> <mailto:Johannes.Birringer@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@gmail.com
>     <mailto:furtherfielder@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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From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim@panix.com>
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Subject: [NetBehaviour] The Ineffable, Joke, Sublimation - Maria
        Damon,  myself
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The Ineffable, Joke, Sublimation - Maria Damon, Alan Sondheim

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.)

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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