Global Networks

Whether it be information or materials, any new and
faster medium of transport brings with it both the ideal
promise of bringing the world closer together, and the
practical reality of continuing gaps and fissures in the
uneven landscape of togetherness. ARCADE has and will
continue to be a venue for discussing both how changing
technologies and material conditions allow for
increasing exchanges and interactions around the globe,
while at the same time pointing out glaring problems
that stem from the increasing impossibility of ignoring
regions of the world simply because they are
unprivileged sites of language or material resource.
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The Global Networks colloquy explores these
tensions by, for instance, pointing out how certain
critical schools or literatures are ignored because they
come from “peripheral” regions or languages, while also
assuming the possibility of being able to encompass
these traditions despite significant barriers of
language and geography. The very status of these posts
and media as theoretically accessible to anyone with an
Internet connection signals their globality. At the same
time, their existence in a digital field full of holes,
cracks, and bumps created by factors such as language,
poverty, lack of education, and censorship, also ensure
that any notion of Global Networks is not only
incomplete, but also subject to extreme variations of
access, legibility, and relevance. As many of these
entries respond to a changing world, they also ask the
important question of whether the world has really
changed all that much.

Meredith Ramirez Talusan, February
2012

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