Displaced Data hosts debate on access

Posted by Rhizome | Mon Mar 17th 1997 1 a.m.

WEDNESDAY 19th March 1997, LONDON 19.00 (GMT)
PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY.
5, GREAT NEWPORT STREET, LONDON WC2.

As part of the Translocations Exhibitions, Displaced Data is hosting an
online debate to discuss the issue of access to digital technology, on
their web site, URL: http:// www.artec.org.uk/displacedata.

'The flashing lights, the dials and the rest of the imagistic
paraphernalia of science fiction functioned as social signs, people
learned to read very quickly. They signalled technology. And technology
was like a placard on the door saying "Boys club! Girls, keep out. Black
and Hispanics and the poor in general, go away.' Science Fiction author
Samuel R. Delany in 'Black To The Future' in Flame Wars: The Discourse
Of Cyberculture. (ed.) Mark Dery 1994.

Are Samuel Delany's words still true? If so, what are the strategies
that we can devise to encourage these groups who, as Delany states, were
actively discouraged/excluded by the discourses and images of western
technology? The Access on-line debate seeks to examine the various
issues concerning access, literacy, languages, technological jargon and
imagery.

How can we begin to talk about cyberspace, digital technology in an way
which embraces and encourages those who have been traditionally denied
access to technology ? How do we begin to develop images, languages and
modes of address which embrace linguistic, cultural and racial
diversity?

For further details and tickets contact Photographers Gallery, +44 171
831 1772.

TRANSLOCATIONS, PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY, LONDON. An exhibition curated by
Displaced Data Project.

Kenseth Armstead, Art Jones, Roshini Kempadoo, Shaheen Merali, Keith
Piper, Poulomi,Derek Richards, Alex Rivera, Surjit Simplay, Allan de
Souza, Virtual Varrio, Reggie Woolery.

7TH MARCH - 19TH APRIL -
14TH MARCH - 26TH APRIL 1997.

DISPLACED DATA PROJECT
6, TRAFALGAR AVE
LONDON SE15 6NR.
ENGLAND

For further information email:(The Photographers' Gallery)
anything@photonet.org.uk
URL: http:// www.artec.org.uk/displacedata.
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