How has the advent of the digital age affected the artistic processes of both production and distribution? On how many levels does the advent of ‘the black mirror’ (aka the screen) and the age of information affect us all?
Discussion panel with sound artist/broadcaster Fari Bradley, artist/writer Sophia Al Maria and Stephen Beddoe University of the Arts. The discussion was organised by Caspian Arts Foundation and was originally intended to have been chaired by them, however at the last moment Fari had to step in to take the discussion on its course. Topics covered were the physical, psychological and social impact of the age of the internet on art and artists. Eavesdropper /Falgoosh Radio was created by sound artists Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley, as one of the Art Dubai Projects 2013, sponsored by the British Council.
In this Six Pillars show we tap into the fine array of people at Share Conference, Belgrade for a short journey of discovery.
We discuss Iran’s move towards a closed, national intranet which they can then fully censor, with a leader in the global free-internet culture movement: Elizabeth Stark. Elizabeth presented a talk at Share and has previously worked with the Harvard Advocates for Human Rights to make better use of new media to promote human rights. Stark spent years researching for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, and has taught courses ranging from Cyberlaw to Intellectual Property to Technology & Politics to Electronic Music.
We also discuss art, Lebanon and the fascinating story of the Lebanese community in Australia with Kamal Ackerie, himself a Lebanese Australian. At the time of interview Ackerie was Associate Director of the prolific arts and music production agency Forma Arts, UK.
On a visit to the UK, the founder of the largest website for Iranians in the world, Iranian.com visits the studio. Jahanshah Javid devotes his life to the website, known for its user generated content, and the catch-phrase ‘nothing is sacred’. Here the interview moves into other topics with interviewer Fari Bradley playing devil’s advocate on certain issues to scuffle up a debate.
After all, that’s what comment led content is about these days….
This show was originally aired on 104.4FM in February 2010