NEoN Digital Arts Archive

Graphic with security cameras, a QR code and words "Freedom dies with security" on yellow background, image by Tanya Floaker


NEoN is very proud to have presented its winter programme. It continued with our new approach to supporting digital care and the feminist ethics embedded since our ‘wired women*’ theme, started in January 2021 and co-curated by Ailie Rutherford.

Our winter programme saw development on our Counter Cloud Action Plan and a response to the Global 16 Days Campaign.

16 Days is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year's theme was 16 Days of Activism. The Global 16 Days Campaign, launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and feminists from around the world at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).

NEoN supported this campaign by presenting work and creative practices that use digital tools or comment on today’s complex digital relationships. In particular, we were interested in work that highlights how our digital entanglement, digital coding and the online spaces we create can reflect just about every social topic; such as freedom, compliance, censorship, gender, and everyday hostilities. Sadly anonymously coded bias and online hostility are mostly directed at women.

UNITE! with us and call for eliminating digital bias and online violence against women and girls. In support of this civil society initiative, we called for participants in our programme to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

Gender-Based Violence is not a women's problem... It's a HUMAN problem.

*Inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender-fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women.