: Networked Conversations as Activism

 
  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson

  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson

  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson

  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson

  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson

  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson

  • ©, Helen Varley Jamieson


Artist Statement:


    In Networked Conversations as Activism, digital artist Helen Varley Jamieson looks at the impact and effectiveness of online activism through cyberformance. She discusses the methods, processes, challenges, and results of the cyberformance projects “make-shift” (2010-12), and ”We have a situation!” (2013-ongoing) as examples of how creative uses of digital technologies can create new participatory spaces for critical thinking and active civic engagement. Both projects facilitated real-time networked conversations around urgent topics, between local and global, proximal, and online, audiences. The article concludes that the proto-political engagement and awareness raising achieved through this project is more impactful than comparatively passive forms of online activism such as petitions and “clicktivism”.


Other Information:


    Activism, Collaboration, and Participatory Performance