Be-diversity

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Be-diversity banner at NAB-New Academic Building. Goldsmiths University. London

Be-diversity is the degree of variation of being. This can refer to any variation, from physical differentiation to different forma mentis.

Etymology[edit]

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 [1] symposium at Goldsmiths University of London in May, 2014.

Cagol coined this neologism starting from the term biodiversity.

Definition[edit]

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,[1] while be-diversity safeguards differences and interaction between different.

Symposium[edit]

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.

Platform[edit]

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.[2]

Flag/Banner[edit]

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.

References[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 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)

Notes[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Critical ways of Seeing". Goldsmiths University of London. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "UN" defined multiple times with different content
  2. "Be-diversity map". Stefano Cagol, Goldsmiths University of London.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Neologism
  • New media art
  • ART/MEDIA
  • Public Opinion
  • Propaganda

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