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RRS| Digital Colonialism: The Threat of Neutrality Libby Odai

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For the first event of 2021, the Race, Rights and Sovereignty series are pleased to present a talk by Libby Odai .

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Technology is often touted as a “neutral tool” but how does this

“neutrality” become a form of oppression? 

In this lecture we will learn about the history and manifestations of digital colonisation, its future and digital resistance.

From guns to AI, missionaries to influencers, phrenology to facial recognition. Looking at the “Tools of Empire”, Libby Odai links the methods of colonial past to the present. Through exploration of technology we will see how neocolonialism is defined and developed with technological advances, and how this is realised in the digital present. 

Libby Odai is a creative technologist based in Glasgow, developing and producing digital sculpture and performance with digital elements. She has previously produced digital works shown at Dancebase Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh, Plat:form and the Swap Market in Govanhill. 

Her work focuses on bringing digital concepts into the physical world. By breaking down barriers in technology, blending traditional arts such as dance and crochet with high tech components, she brings tech to new more diverse audiences. Her work aims to bridge the STEM gap as well as exploring the creative applications of new technology. 

This is the first in a two-part event. On February 2nd Odai will be leading a seminar which on decolonising digital diets. Tickets and more info here.

The Race, Rights & Sovereignty series is a free programme of public lectures, workshops and other events delivered by The Glasgow School of Art and The Art School: GSA's Students' Association. For more information on the series visit: racerightssovereignty.com

This event is taking place on zoom and will be live captioned.

Attendees will be sent a link to join on the day of the event.

If you have any questions or require any further information about access please email r.bushell@gsa.ac.uk

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