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.
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.