“The past dwells within our algorithms”

On International Women’s Day (March 8th), NEoN hosted a screening of Coded Bias, a documentary by Shalini Kantayya. Coded Bias explores the history and dangers, and biases of artificial intelligence (AI). It drives home the point that the reason algorithms are racist or sexist is because of the data that programmers feed them. Cathy O’Neill,... Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day Survival Tips

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. The holiday invented by greeting card companies often feels like it appears out of nowhere. Here we are struggling to shake off the January blues and suddenly we’re being bombarded with hearts, roses and chocolates. Have we found The One yet? Does it suddenly seem, as Joni Mitchell sings, that “The bed's too big / The frying pan's too wide”? Should we just turn our phones off for the day? Well, here’s some survival tips for those of us who are still trying to navigate the most commercially vacuous of holidays.

Silence = Death

To mark World Aids Day (1 December) The Queer Dot screened an old VHS copy of the documentary ‘Silence = Death’. Made in 1990, the film opens violently as performance artist Emilio Cubeiro apparently shoots himself through his arsehole. From there the tone is set; one of anger, frustration, immense loss, and startling creativity. New... Continue Reading →

Sirens

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This audio-visual performance from production company Zoo Co follows three demi-goddesses from Ancient Greece as they try to navigate the sexist world of modern-day Hastings. The principal characters, sirens who have been cursed to lure any man who hears their voices to his death, are an excellent lens through which to view 21st-century... Continue Reading →

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