i meant to include the link to Furtherfield website in my last post:
they also run the excellent Net Behaviour mailing list
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On 1 December 2015 at 01:30, Cecilia Wee <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello all
> Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion so far.
> As one of the hosts this month (together with Dani Admiss), I would like
> to touch briefly on why I am concerned with this issue as a curator and a
> human being.
> On Saturday, Dani and I had the pleasure of convening a group of
> practitioners for a workshop on the subject of migration at Furtherfield
> Commons in London (web link), the IRL aspect of our project. A few CRUMB
> listers were able to join us, including Beryl Graham, Ruth Catlow and Jamie
> Allen (and we look forward to Jamie's dispatch from COP Paris later on in
> the week). We shared stories, assumptions and impressions of what we think
> 'technologies of migration' are, examining their limits and thinking about
> what they could be. Taking small examples like SIM cards and ziplock bags,
> we tried to reframe and rethink the social and political contexts of such
> infrastructural technologies. We spoke about the notion of authenticity and
> about the voices who are heard in the debates about migration.
> Something significant that Dani and I took away from the workshop was that
> in spite of the rhetoric of sharing, the supposed ubiquity of outlets for
> expression otherwise termed ’social’ media, there is still a strong need to
> give space to other perspectives, to listen, to posit and practice the
> possibility of dialogue. Political positioning about migration is often
> predicated on lazy and unsophisticated images of victim, intruder,
> guardian, proud defendant of the land, traitor. The reality is of course
> more complex - for instance, what position should we take if we are
> children of migrants? Rather than reinforcing structures that dictate who
> is/isn’t the authentic voice, raising collective consciousness that
> multiple Other voices and views can and do exist, and providing a channel
> for dialogue to take place is but one example of the role art and design
> can play in social justice.
> As i walk from the tube station to College, the pristine homogenity of the
> visual environment hits me - if this was the only London i saw i would
> never believe that poverty, discrimination or inequality existed in this
> city. The necessity of making these underrepresented situations public,
> visible and tangible drives me to 'carry on curating'.
> The social media silos promote tunnel vision.
> Patriotic posturing refutes the validity of the long view, the Long Now,
> or the long ever.
> In the words of Italian Berlin-based artist Costantino Ciervo: *BORDERS
> ARE BORING - NATIONS ARE NUTS*
> Borders act as exclusionary barriers that block lines of sight.
> Poetry is important, tools are too.
> peace out,
> Cecilia Wee
> Tutor, Sound Design
> Royal College of Art
> School of Communication
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