Blue Ocean, in partnership with South Africa’s only online digital art residency space Floating Reverie, has been invited to participate in the international digital art biennale The Wrong for 2019/20. Blue Ocean will curate a South African online ‘pavilion’, as well as an embassy (exhibition) to take place in Johannesburg in 2020.
Artists are invited to apply to participate in response to the below open call:
“Centering hegemonic experiences within technological developments entails the systematic erasure of the Other. Machines will always reflect the values of the societies they serve, and it is important to reject any dualism between physical and virtual spaces.”
– Jazmina Figueroa (2016)
The digital space is often seen as separate from the physical or ‘real’ space, as though what happens online, stays online; as though the algorithm cannot penetrate reality. Is the digital a dream? Online and offline spaces often merge; their distinction becomes murky. The screen is a portal – an intimate and transient entry and exit point for these two spaces, for a dream. The screen acts as a site of imagining, creating and manifesting how we live physically; echoing our beliefs, our truths and our dreams.
Who defines the digital space and how it integrates and blurs with the physical space? It is important that in these spaces all voices are heard, that no erasure occurs. Perhaps our digital dreams are dreams of a decentralized mesh between the digital and physical space?
How can we create our dreams together?
our digital dreams is an on online digital exploration of what our digital dreams could be. Blue Ocean would like to invite artists, creatives, internet lovers, poets and activists from the Global South to propose Internet friendly or based artworks which contribute new methods of representation, new narratives and perspectives of the digital intertwined with the physical space; to challenge this intimate space of transient nature; to respond, discover, develop and present or display what has been hidden.