The 20th Biennale ‘Not Evenly Distributed’ blog series launches with a report from rebel-held Aleppo, a city in the north of Syria, widely regarded as one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Journalist, activist and film-maker Zaina Erhaim shows how access to digital technology is providing opportunities for women, even amidst the chaos of civil war.
Hosting texts, images and video, this blog seeks to focus on the second part of the exhibition title, The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. Inspired by a comment made by leading science fiction author, William Gibson, the title and phrase serves as an investigatory framework for the 20th Biennale while reminding us that access to information, the Internet, and other more basic resources is by no means universal; many people are denied the opportunity to benefit from (or participate in) these new spaces where information can be exchanged. The conditions of uneven distribution are not inevitable, however; they are largely the result of historical and current geopolitics and economic power structures.
‘Not Evenly Distributed’ extends the Biennale beyond the exhibition and the catalogue. Continuing the idea of a process-led, artist-centric project, which is developing over time, the blog will be published for eight weeks, and will conclude on 30 June 2016.