ISEA 2011 Istanbul

“Forbidding Forbidden” (Yasaklamak Yasaktır) temasıyla 14-21 Eylül 2011 tarihleri arasında düzenlenecek sempozyumun ayrıntılarına adresinden ulaşılabilir.

Forbidding Forbidden: Forum on Internet, Art, Censorship and Democracy

Tak­ing as a start­ing point a range of cen­sor­ship phe­nom­ena from Turkey to Italy, from the wider Mediter­ranean area to the United States of Amer­ica, the Forum: For­bid­ding For­bid­den will ad­dress and de­bate the role of the In­ter­net in a world that ap­pears to be in­creas­ingly de­void of bor­ders and bar­ri­ers and within which con­cepts of iden­tity, na­tion­al­ity and state ap­pear to be with­out both power and ap­peal.

Sat­ur­day, 17 Sep­tem­ber, 2011 – 09:00 – 10:30

Sat­ur­day, 17 Sep­tem­ber, 2011 – 13:00 – 18:30

Chair: Lanfranco Aceti
Forum Organizer: Erim Serifoğlu, Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio

The Myth of Digital Democracy (Matthew Hindman, 2009) is one that has generated intense debates with some people defending the role of the Internet and its social platforms and others pointing to the faults.

Within the contemporary space both censorship and mass reactions on the Internet have gained strength in the past ten years in a fight that has increasingly eroded basic liberties and principles of democratic engagement, but also scored emotive and staggering victories for Internet democracy.

The absurdity of forbidding in Internet searches the word forbidden speaks to a new level of censorship that is not only hysterical in its mediated representation of humorless content but also unaware of the strength of social changes and demands for democratic transparent interactions.

The Forum: Forbidding Forbidden uses the multiple meanings constructed by the juxtaposition of these two words to highlight the intensity of the contemporary conflict between two different perceptions of society: one that enforces the surveillance of digitally empowered masses to increase transparency and another that by creating obscurity through censorship operates through illegal frameworks hidden behind a shabby veneer of democracy.

What then is the role of the Internet today? That of a mythological inconsequential community that provides discourses unable to promote change? A tool under threat from reactionaries and hierarchical structures? Or a new medium, fighting against the bridles of censorship, to construct a new participatory society? Can and should art – and new media art in particular – play any role in this conflict?

Taking as a starting point a range of censorship phenomena from Turkey to Italy, from the wider Mediterranean area to the United States of America, the Forum: Forbidding Forbidden will address and debate the role of the Internet in a world that appears to be increasingly devoid of borders and barriers and within which concepts of identity, nationality and state appear to be without both power and appeal.

Opening Session: 9.00 – 10.30

Lanfranco Aceti
Andrew Donovan
Joost Smiers

Session 1. 13.00 – 15.40 (Break 14.30-14.45)

Internet & Censorship & Transparency of and Right to Information

Chair: Lanfranco Aceti

Danny Schechter, Joost Smiers, Erdem Dilbaz, Özgür Uçkan, İsmail Hakkı Polat, Işık Barış Fidaner

Session 2. 15.50 – 18.30 (Break 16.45-17.00)

Contemporary Art & Censorship & Institutional Criticism

Chair: Özden Şahin

Pelin Tan, Amina Abdellatif, Pelin Başaran, Eylem Ertürk, Banu Karaca, Burak Arıkan


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