Right to Access Universal Data
MACAM – Modern and Contemporary Art Museum in Lebanon, has declared 2019 as the Year of Human Rights, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Right to Access Universal Data is relevant worldwide and is the subject of MACAM’s 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art.
With any device capable of connecting to the world wide web, within a few clicks we are able to enter an unlimited digital universe. Each of us has access to information as never before in human history. Through popular platforms we are connected with millions of humans anonymously. We are part of online communities that are no longer constrained by the physical borders we live within. We connect online, share, like and comment on content provided by people whose name, sex, nationality, social origin, political opinion and sexual orientation we often know nothing about; transcending stereotypes and prejudices without even noticing it.
The entire human history is available online in multiple formats, we can research any subject and receive live news updates from every region of the world, revolutionizing the way information is circulated and used. Education and knowledge is a personal choice, now.
We consume massive quantities of digital information from the time we wake up till we go to sleep and put our phone aside. The amount of time we spend online is increasing rapidly, and our brain is adapting to this new medium. Scrolling and swiping through tons of random images, we laugh at memes and short clips created by individuals we have never met. Within seconds we discover new places and get health, life, travel, business or any other advice that we’re looking for. These new digital experiences are impacting our daily routine, creating new behaviors and ultimately altering in what way we engage with the world.
UNIVERSAL DATA aims to explore those multiple relationships we have with this massive volume of data. The internet has created a sense of interconnectedness, both proximate but intangible, as the human behind the data remains absent. Communication in the digital era has changed significantly, and these digital relationships affect us on a physical level, shaping how we identify with reality and even truth.
Traditional methods of obtaining information have changed; we now digitally cultivate beliefs, join and support movements, mature intellectually and experience freedom of expression unseen before. We are in the midst of developing new forms of connections and virtual communities, but we have yet to understand their impact on us individually and universally.
How can we visualize these boundless networks that we are part of? UNIVERSAL DATA aims to unravel these trends and new notions of humanity.
The internet’s massive immaterial network is causing humans to evolve, and by being invisibly connected to all kinds of people from across the globe, which also affects and gradually transforms our attitude towards human rights. The digital age poses a challenge to how data is being used, the right of accesses and where it sits. Digitalization and subsequently datafication are subjects that have emerged from the digital age directly challenging the values of human rights.
Lebanese and international artists are invited to engage with the concept of the Right to Access Universal Data. All kinds of artistic expression are welcomed, including visual art, painting, sculpture, photography, literature, performance art, installation, video and especially digital art.
Artists should inform the curator by email of their intention to participate and send by email his/her contacts details, biography with a minimum of 200 words, images and text about the artwork that will be submitted. Deadline for delivery of proposals is Friday, April 26, 2019.
•Friday, April 26, 2019
Deadline for registration and proposals
•Friday, August 8, 2019
Deadline for delivery of artworks | Beginning of art residencies
•Saturday, September 14, 2019
Inauguration of the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art
•Sunday, January 12, 2020
For further information and to participate send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org