Exhibition

We Have Always Lived in the Future

24 Mar 2017 – 22 Apr 2017

Flux Factory

New York
New York, United States

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We Have Always Lived in the Future is an exhibition and series of artist-led discussions called, Silicon Flux, centering marginalized groups who are ignored or erased from Silicon Valley’s visions of future technologies.

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We seek to engage the ways that ableism, white supremacy, misogyny, colonialism and other modes of discrimination operate within the supposed impartiality of this industry, culture, and lifestyle.

Silicon Valley, a complex, networked global enterprise stretching from university towns, to Shenzhen, to Wall Street, to venture capitalists in Marin County, to the emptied and gentrifying factories of Detroit is based upon what we view as a more subtle and vicious displacement of the program of Modern capitalism. It is neoliberalism’s dream: a racist, colonial world sheathed in the comfort of sun-lit advertising.

A world of capital fueled by vicious Coltan wars in the Congo fought by child soldiers; a world of the commodification of human emotion via social media, of mass surveillance, of electronic waste product sullying an already irate Earth. A world of violence and cruelty digitally whitewashed good.

We seek an intersectional technology. We seek to trace the lines of what we have lost from buying into the fallacy that technological advancement is inherently destructive. We seek to understand what can be saved, revived, and reinvigorated as we march forward. We seek to remove barriers wired into Silicon Valley’s conception of technology. We seek transparency in the ways that machine learning and digital networks shift, alter, and distort daily life. We seek technology as a force for civilization.  

We refuse to be afraid. We refuse to be afraid of the destruction our current technologies have wrought. We refuse to be afraid of the dystopic myths that venture capital-ordained tech geniuses tell us are inevitable. We refuse to be afraid because we have always been here. We have always lived in the future.

–  Joelle Fleurantin and Joshua Moton (Curators)

 

Participating Artists:

Stephanie Dinkins, Nettrice Gaskins, Tamara Leacock. Shuang Li. LaJune McMillian. Natasha Mmonatau, Nancy Nowacek, Rosary Solimanto, Clara Santamaria Vargas

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