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Presented By: Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design

Imaginative Activism of Digital Citizens Zoom Symposium and Exhibition Launch

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
In the summer of 2020, many countries experienced protests against police violence and demanded democratic social change. A country in Eastern Europe - Belarus - became one of the centers of global activism. Activists, IT professionals, artists, designers, and neighbors teamed up to coordinate, connect, and amplify their work on digital platforms, such as Telegram, Instagram, and Youtube, to overthrow the dictatorial regime. They created visual representation and identity of a social movement that now exists largely in digital formats and often made for digital platforms that themselves could be compromised and used against them.
What is the role of scholars and librarians who study citizen activism, contemporary art, and digital culture? What kind of new questions and solutions are posed by today’s digital citizens? Reimagining what these tools enable and how they can be used, and researching new forms of “imaginative activism,” are the primary goals of this interdisciplinary symposium and the digital exhibition curated by Sasha Razor at Michigan Libraries.
PART 1 (10am-12pm): Digital Activism Roundtable of Artists, Designers and Cyber-activists
Yuliana Shemetovets Andrew MaximovYanina SazanovichMaxim TyminkoAnastasia Kostyugova Moderated by Sasha RazorPART 2 (1-2:45pm): Digital Citizenship andIts Scholarly Discontents
Irina AristarkhovaFee Christoph and Kendra EatonElena GapovaGeorgy MamedovModerated by Mikhail KrutikovPART 3 (3-4pm) Librarian Roundtable: Saving the Future,Archiving Digital ContentBrendan Nieubuurt Jamie Vander Broek Anne Cong-HuyenAnna RakityanskayaModerated by Igor PilshchikovPART 4 (4:15-5:15pm) Exhibition Launch: The Code of Presence: Belarusian Protest Embroideries and Textile PatternsRufina Bazlova Lesia Pcholka Daria Sazanovich Yuliya Tsviatkova Discussant: Alisa Lozhkina Exhibition Curator and Moderator: Sasha Razor
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
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