CYBER NECTAR a Lokal Stories initiative
Lokal Stories presents Cyber Nectar, a series of pop up exhibitions and events taking place during 28 September - 16 October, 2016 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. Facilitated by artists and writers Jordana Bragg, Hana Pera Aoake and director Sophie Giblin.
How does our apparent reliance upon technologies affect the way we feel about our bodies and our productivity? The cyborg is a matter of fiction and lived experience.
Cyber Nectar reflects the way that warm, alive bodies interact with cold, dry pieces of technology. Roy Ascott theorised the term ‘moist media’ as a way of describing, ‘Where wet living biologies meet dry computational systems’. Cyber Nectar responds and critiques issues raised by both Roy Ascott and other early cyber feminists by examining the psychological and physical experience of proto-digital life.
During the three month residency starting in July 2016, we have been concerned with the body and technology, exploring the relationship between public and private, voyeurism and addiction, self care and anxiety. Using critical dialogue, collaborative texts, video and performative strategies, we have invited local and international collaborators to subvert the destructive nature of social media and disrupt colonial narratives in order to provide a safe(r) and constructive platform for solidarity and discussion.
Our approach is to listen, unlearn and relearn. By overthrowing patterns of hierarchical patriarchy transferred to the internet from a corrupted society, we have refused to conform with racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia or classism.
From the bottom of our hearts we thank all of our collaborators and the community around us. It is their voices, wisdom and untold histories that have made this project what it is. We will work to the best of our ability to provide secure and safe environments for our attendees. When attending our exhibitions and events, please be mindful, as we will not tolerate violent behaviour or hateful language. All our events are free / koha and suitable for all ages. There will be some explicit content and alcohol present at the events.