The New Media Caucus (NMC) Diversity Panel

These presentations were originally given as the New Media Caucus (NMC) Diversity Panel at the 2019 NMC Symposium BORDER CONTROL at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. The NMC Diversity Panel was sponsored by the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, and co-sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

WOKE New Media – Borders and Bodies

Today, we are facing micro and macro aggressions of threats of “The Wall” at global and local scales, affecting all human bodies. We drown in the media war on Trump’s victory wall between the Mexican and US border; the post-internet wireless world turns out to be less than borderless as exemplified with China’s Great Firewall as an erected government surveillance; cold war tensions continue regardless of the collapse of the Berlin Wall; and nobody really cares about North Korea as long as the DMZ reinforces the splitting world power-relations. Moreover, Brexit is about leaving the European Union to deface the monetary burden of the Syrian refugee crisis, while more border-patrolled walls keep millions of Middle Eastern and African refugees from entering Europe. Every nation-state borderline contours a separation to prop up naturalized citizens, whereas undocumented bodies are systematically left in the gutter. Walls and borders displace bodies, and every neighborhood, block, or fence strategically borders off the “others.” The New Media Caucus (NMC) Diversity Panel, comprised of artists who use new media in their work, demonstrate artistic responses for countering scattered hegemonies, walls, borders in our world of increasing cultural, ideological, political, economic divisions. This is what diversity looks like in WOKE New Media.

The panel was reviewed in VOA NEWS Voice of America Korean, by Reporter Yanghee Jang: