Be-diversity is the degree of variation of being. This can refer to any variation, from physical differentiation to different forma mentis.
The term be-diversity was used for the first time, after one year of research, by contemporary artist Stefano Cagol in the occasion of Critical ways of Seeing  symposium at Goldsmiths University of London in May, 2014.
Cagol coined this neologism starting from the term biodiversity.
Be-diversity is the diversity of being. It represents a claim of peculiarity and distinction of individual being and ways of being. The contemporary era has offered unexpected chances to develop the individuality within a global web community increasingly shared, wide, gullible, influenced and tracked, while be-diversity safeguards differences and interaction between different.
Critical Ways of Seeing. Visualizing Knowledge and the Digital: Tool, Politics, or Art? was a two day symposium and master class happened on May 21–22, 2014 at Goldsmiths University of London. Participants are: Philippe Rekacewicz, Giulio Frigieri, Alfredo Cramerotti, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Stefano Cagol, Galia Offri, Davina Jackson, Sean Cubitt Lorenzo Pezzani, Alex Gekker. Hosts: Global Media & Transnational Communications Program and Radical Media Forum of the Media & Communications Department, Goldsmiths. Convener: Prof. Marianne Franklin, with Elinor Carmi and Paola Crespi.
Be-diversity is an open term because it can contain a wide range of meanings, it can be applied to a wide range of themes and topics. Stating from this, Stefano Cagol decided to involve the public in a platform connected with the term, but reflecting from a wide point of view. He asked to contemporary art colleagues to respond to 3 questions he took from the web: they are three FAQ asked by global mass to Google. The questions are: 1) how do environmental changes affect populations?, 2) what does threaten bio (and be-) diversity?, 3) why to be normal? A selection of the answers given before and after the symposium have been collected on a map.
The birth of the neologism has been marked by a documented event occurred by Goldsmiths University in London on May 21, 2014: a flag/banner with the term be-diversity in capital letters has been revealed on the NAB New Art Building of Media & Communications Department of Goldsmiths.
- Il Palazzo Enciclopedico. 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Marsilio Editori, Venezia, 2013 (ISBN 978-88-317-1558-4)
- PUBLIC OPINION, Charta, Milan, 2011, (ISBN 978-88-8158-820-6)
- New media art
- Public Opinion
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