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Unfair algorithms - mediated technology in arts and culture

Start Time:
04/10/2022, 11:00am
End Time:
04/10/2022, 12:30pm

About the event

What is the impact of mediated tech on digital arts and culture?

The Space, in association with Arts Council England is hosting a webinar for artists and arts organisations who want to know more about the impact of algorithms and bias on who is seen and heard in the digital sphere, and how, or even if, their creative work is presented to the world.

The webinar will be a mix of panel discussion and Q&A with the audience, and we’ll cover:

  • Who is impacted by algorithmic and tech injustice, and how?
  • What is digital inclusion, and how might we ‘fold in’ the excluded?
  • How is the arts sector responding, and what can be learned from other sectors?
  • What’s happening at a grassroots level, and what can individuals and organisations do?

This webinar will be chaired by Rianna Walcott, who researches Black women's identity formation in digital spaces and is a postdoctoral fellow. She co-founded, promoting inclusivity in academia and a decolonised curriculum, and is the UCL writing lab's Scholar-in-Residence for 21-22. She’s written about race, feminism, mental health, arts and culture for Wellcome Collection, Metro, The Guardian, BBC, Vice, and Dazed. Rianna co-edited an anthology about BAME mental health - The Colour of Madness, and in the time left over she moonlights as a professional jazz singer.

Rianna will be joined by:

Anasuya Sengupta, Co-Director and co-founder of Whose Knowledge? a global multilingual campaign to centre the knowledges of marginalised communities online. She has led initiatives across the global South, and internationally for over 25 years, to collectively create feminist presents and futures of love, justice, and liberation. She is committed to unpacking issues of power, privilege, and access, including her own as an anti-caste savarna woman. When not rabble-rousing online, Anasuya makes and breaks pots and poems, takes long walks by the water and in the forest, and contorts herself into yoga poses.

Fiona Morris is Chief Executive and Creative Director of The Space and Chair of Cornwall Museums partnership. Fiona is a music and arts producer with 25 years’ experience producing and commissioning programmes both in the UK indie sector and also for the BBC and produced films that have received Prix Italia, Emmy, Grammy and BAFTA awards. She has extensive experience working with cultural institutions in the UK and has provided consultancy services on the arts and the digital world to organisations including Arts Council England and English National Opera.

Francesca Sobande is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture - Cardiff University. She is Director of the MA Digital Media and Society programme and is the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Francesca is also the author of Consuming Crisis: Commodifying Care and COVID-19 (SAGE, 2022), is co-editor with Akwugo Emejulu of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019), and is co-author with layla-roxanne hill of Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland (Bloomsbury 2022).

temi lasade-anderson, an LAHP-funded PhD student at King’s College London, completing research on Black women’s digital intimacy. Her research interests are the digital and Blackness, digital (sub)cultures, Internet relationality, and platform governance. temi is also the 2022-23 Associate Editor of Networking Knowledge, the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Postgraduate Journal. Alongside her research, temi provides consultant tech policy advocacy strategy and analysis for organisations including Glitch, EDRi and Digital Action. Altogether, her work seeks to reimagine and create equitable and joyful technological futures.

Listen to an audio description of this event.

Additional information

  1. The webinar lasts 90 minutes and will take place on Zoom.
  2. There will be a live captioner throughout.
  3. A recording of the webinar will eventually be available after the event on The Space's YouTube channel.
  4. You will be sent a link to join the webinar via Eventbrite's reminder emails.


When you book your place you’ll be able to post questions for our panellists, and these will help us to plan the webinar.

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