EXHIBITION CURATOR: ELLE AVIV NEWTON
What is the essence of propaganda in the internet age? How do we discern truth from untruth or real news from fake news? How do we cross the echo chambers of our social media streams to make independent discoveries? Have we somehow abandoned cross-cultural dialogue - and if so to what end?
We are in the midst of a global misinformation crisis. The American president — whose very electoral victory confounds millions — decries “fake news” while rejecting recorded and documented events with his idealized version of them. The paradigm of objective journalism that might correct such assertions is rapidly dissolving into a fractured cybersphere. Post-truth is a concept that has gained traction in describing how every event produces multiple narratives that encase starkly oppositional value systems and future visions. In this acidified sea of data, something so pure and fabled as truth retreats into the depths.
Social media platforms afford humans the novel ability to radically homogenize the political content of our feeds and friendships. Blocking detractors is a customary reaction to encountering disagreement. And at the center of these systems of interaction are issues of unqualified urgency to our society and planet. And yet, if neutral information has disappeared, where can we point to as neutral ground for the sort of discussions that are necessary to proceed?
Our methods of digital communication have been rapidly developed to create efficiency, brevity and global accessibility — but those same qualities may be separating us from critical approaches to information technology. If we do not purposefully carve out spaces for thoughtful inquiry regarding our cultural tools, our minds run the risk of becoming mere supplements to digital experience and ideological conflict.
This exhibition’s work should feel unsettling and non-hypothetical, exploring the consequences and implications of our cultural choices.
SUBMISSION OPEN DATE: 20 MARCH, 2017
SUBMISSION CLOSE DATE: 11:59 P.M., SUNDAY 16TH APRIL, 2017
NOTIFICATION:28 APRIL 2017
EXHIBITION DATES: 27 MAY 2017 - 17 JUNE 2017
This open call is an invitation to local to international artists, journalists, technologists, activists, linguists, designers, and critical thinkers from all sides of the political spectrum to explore these contemporary cultural mechanisms.
We will not discriminate based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, political party, or background.
Proposals will be considered for inclusion for exhibition (and/or film screening) by a team led by guest curator and writer Elle Aviv Newton and B4BEL4B gallery director Tiare Ribeaux. We will base proposals on the quality of your work and thought, congruity to the theme, project ingenuity, diversity of perspective, and feasibility of production.
Feel free to submit both new project proposals or recently completed work related to the theme. All work must be completed for display in our Oakland, California gallery on or before May 22nd, 2017.
Selected artists will receive a small stipend, amount to be determined by notification date, but no less than $150