Not Found On ( 2019 ongoing )
Not Found On is the desire to co-create an online ‘space’ to value and share feminist queer arts and social knowledge Recognising that lgbtqia+ ‘spaces’ are often far more than just bars, just bookclubs, just dances, just sports teams, just a magazine or just performances. They have also been sites of community building, sites of resistance, sites of political organisation, sites of transformation, sites of healthcare, sites of survival and sites of knowledge creation. The 'space' is to celebrate knowledge created through subjective lived experience of (some) queer bodies. Asking how can we record and share these in a meaningful way for our communities? What can we learn from each other?
SHOULD WE SHARE?
We already do! But generally in spaces that are commercially focused and that regulate our nipples or academic sites that have price barriers for our niche publications, or we are faced with the barriers to inclusion in mainstream knowledge space such a as wikipedia. Wikipedia offers the illusion of inclusion, whilst maintaining normative patriarchal concepts of knowledge creation (via referencing structures) and system biases (predominantly male contributors).
This need to create counterpublics by minority identities is being capitalised on by commercial social media platforms. As ‘Corporations seeking to commodify user information have enclosed the so-called ‘internet commons’ by offering a devils bargain trading access to global networks for individual privacy’* The need to make connection can often exceeds the time or energy required to question these platforms.
Not Found On aims to offer an alternative run and created by queer feminist bodies to address specific community needs such as the need to connect to 'people like us' both online and in real life, to record our own histories stories and a space to be critical of the social media channels on which we rely but also the structure of the internet in which we participate.
Project initiator: Aay Liparoto Designer : Cristina Cochior, Development: Laura Deschepper, Production:Frederic Van de Velde Installation: Jessica Winters
Created with the support of : Worm, Stimuleringsfonds, FACT Liverpool,European Media Arts Residency
*Freidman, Interpreting the Internet ( Feminist and queer counter publics in Latin America )