In the digital age, images of violence and violent exchanges proliferate and spread with unprecedented speed across multiple platforms. Graphic and disturbing images of violence—from viral videos of rape exchanged on Whatsapp, to the live streaming of fatal shootings on Facebook and Periscope—have become a staple of our digital condition. Similarly, resurgent forms of racialized, misogynistic, and homophobic violence are now on the rise and are routinely documented, decried, or simply shrugged off as the ‘new normal’ of contemporary media culture. This research strand is dedicated to a political interrogation of how the technological and ideological affordances of networked platforms both produce and sustain cultures of violence, racism, misogyny and homophobia.
This research strand focuses on the attention and affect ecologies of 24/7 media cultures. In particular, it focuses on what Jonathan Crary has described as the ‘rhythms, speeds, and formats of accelerated and intensified consumption’ and explores how they are ‘reshaping experience and perception’ (Crary 2013: 39). The research projects in this strand include the following: an examination of how video-on-demand culture and streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu reconfigure notions of the audience and rethink the medium of television; a study of the way that boredom is constructed, managed, and controlled in the ‘attention economy’ of contemporary media; and an exploration of seriality and long-form true crime and the operations of spectatorship associated with the so-called Netflix effect.
Researchers and practitioners associated with this thematic strand focus on the exploration of contemporary and emerging digital practices. Their work explores pathways between the creative and the experimental, and spans media contexts including film, video, installations, sound, digital games, physical computing, generative art, and other new media environments. Emphasising the critical and productive connections between theory and practice, contributors to this thematic strand develop approaches that consider new directions of digital practice. Critically rethinking the contours, boundaries, and intersections of scholarship and art-making, their focus is on continuities, disruptions, and new opportunities that arise as previous, analog creative modes feed into the digital.
ARCMedia will be hosting a symposium on Digital Violence at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on Saturday 4 November 2017. Our confirmed Keynote Speakers are Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown University) and Eugenia Siapera & Debbie Ging (Dublin City University).
Please download and share our CFP here: Digital Violence Symposium 2017 ARU
ARCMedia presents Dr Kaitlynn Mendes' (University of Leicester) research talk:
“It takes a lot of energy, it really does”: Feminist Organisers’ Experiences of Activism
In response to the current ‘feminist zeitgeist’ (Valenti 2014) in which feminism is more popular than perhaps it has ever been, and with the proliferation of digital feminist campaigns against harassment, misogyny and rape culture such as #yesallwomen and #bringbackourgirls, there is a growing body of research interested in digital feminist activism (Dimond et al. 2013; Horeck 2014; Puente 2011; Rapp et al. 2010; Rentschler 2014; Shaw 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2012c; Thrift 2014). While this research undoubtedly sheds new light on digital feminist practices, few scholars have explored girls’ and women’s experiences engaging with digital platforms to challenge on and offline misogynistic practices. In response, this paper will provide key findings from a 21-month study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, which sheds insights into various experiences of 17 feminist ‘organisers’ from the Everyday Sexism Project, Hollaback! and Who Needs Feminism? This research not only documents the highs and lows of feminist activism, but brings to light the personal toll and affective weight of this labour.
Where: Anglia Ruskin University, Rm 251 Helmore
When: 5-7pm, 26 April 2017
Dr Mendes' talk will be followed by a wine reception. All welcome!