New Media Art and Censorship

in the Information Era

 

How is it possible that the same platforms and devices that allow artists to access an infinite source of information can simultaneously be, tools to restrict and punish art creations around the world?

 

MoreOpen Call

New Media Art and Censorship

in the Information Era

 

How is it possible that the same platforms and devices that allow artists to access an infinite source of information can simultaneously be, tools to restrict and punish art creations around the world?

 

MoreOpen Call

The Miami New Media Festival

The Miami New Media Festival is a multimedia platform held in Miami by Arts Connection Foundation, since 2006. It promotes art through the exploration of new technologies and interactive narratives, such as video art, animation, digital art, and interactive mapping. The festival also presents exhibitions in cities in Latin America and Spain. Since its creation, this festival has presented more than 210 artists from 15 countries, 400+ videos, installations, 3D digital art pieces, and performances.

Past Editions

Past Editions

New Media Art and Censorship

Artists, as free thinkers and social shakers, are many times in front of political censorship. For example, Cuban artists are under the shadow of a recently adopted Decree 349, which essentially allows government officials to shut down art exhibitions, concerts, performances, and book sales.

Sexual censorship, nowadays in the public eyes thanks to social media, is another source of repression many artists face. Art creators use Instagram and Facebook to spread the word about their art. These social spaces exercise censure in various forms. Sometimes through users who denounce the images, and in other instances using algorithms, which for example automatically ban artistic photographs of the naked body.

We call artists to produce video-artworks about art and censorship. This production will increase awareness and grow concern around a topic affecting all of us.

This year the XV Edition of the Miami New Media Festival is devoted to this curatorial thesis. Video art, performance and new media art, in general, are dealing with censorship on a daily basis. We must face this reality together as a strong artist community.

Freedom to create art is something we can not give for granted.

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