MUD Foundation Opened its Doors with the Exhibition Media Under Dystopia 1.0
After two years in the making, MUD Foundation opened its doors to the Miami community on December 6, 2017 with an homonymous exhibition, Media Under Dystopia 1.0, curated by Rodolfo Peraza and Yuneikys Villalonga.
The Foundation’s mission is facilitating educational and artistic projects where art, the Internet, virtual reality, and data converge. Working both from its Little Havana headquarters and in collaboration with other art organizations in the City of Miami, the Foundation offers a varied program of technology-related art exhibitions and educational workshops. “Our goal is raising awareness on contemporary digital cultures and their footprint in society today through artistic and educational projects” said Rodolfo Peraza, visual artist and founder of MUD Foundation.
The exhibition Media Under Dystopia 1.0 aimed to serve as the kickoff of Art+Hack+Data 2018 –a more ambitious, social artistry event that encompasses a conference and a series of presentations and workshops in different organizations of Miami. International new media creators and tech-enthusiasts discussed issues on the digital environment and work with participants to find their own means of creative expression.
Media Under Dystopia 1.0
Media Under Dystopia 1.0 delved on the nature of our hyper-connected society and its promise of democracy at a moment when its core foundation is at risk and issues such as Internet Neutrality are under attack. How are individuals, as well as local contexts with their specific histories and politics represented and served within the current digital landscape? How can the physical and the digital infrastructures of the Internet be mapped, and what do these new cartographies tell us about today?
As a laboratory of ideas, this exhibition showcased projects in different stages of completion, from the mere concept, to the documentation of interventions, to long-term, process-based works. These are often the result of multidisciplinary collaborations and group efforts.
Among the specific topics in question were the reach and impact of Facebook users’ data collection backbone (Joler;) the aesthetics of Internet glitches as another form of perception of digital content (Gálvez;) alternative digital networks in Cuba as platforms for collective creation (Oroza;) the restoration of memory and history through digital data archives (Ćosić;) and the reflection on connectivity and control –through the collection and visualization of Internet users’ metadata (Peraza;) as well as through the documentation of the Internet’s physical infrastructure that connects the US and its Guantánamo Military Base (Burrington.)
This project was co-curated by Rodolfo Peraza and Yuneikys Villalonga.
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