The 21st edition Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) investigates the theme of disruptions in its international online exhibition of new media art entitled Networked Disruptions.
Disruptions stop the flow of events, ideas, processes, and structures. They produce stoppages, breaks, and fissures where old flows are halted and new ones can emerge. In some cases, disruptions are productive, as in technological and political revolutions. In other cases, disruptions are destabilizing and counterproductive, as in severe weather patterns and market volatilities.
Global climate disruptions consist in unwanted and unnatural environmental changes. They give rise to rising air and water temperatures, to rising water and toxicity levels, to rising fears and anxieties. Disrupting consumerist habits, such as use of cheap fossil fuels to power single-person or single-family (“private”) automobiles and produce single-use (“disposable”) plastics, is an urgent response that can be distributed across the world.
Networked disruptions consist in outages, censorship, violations of privacy, and thefts of identities. Hackers have often worked to unlock content and interrupt the algorithms that narrow the aggregated information in our search engine results or our social media feeds.
The exhibition rolls out in July 2019, the online continuation of the onsite festival in Ithaca, New York, United States that ran from 01–07 April 2019.
For additional information, visit: /fleff/ and see last year’s exhibition, Invisible Geographies: /fleff/invisible_geographies/. Projects from past editions appear in Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places.
FLEFF: A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT