In the context of the annual Athens Digital Arts Festival and the “Tribute to the 15th Anniversary of the Digital Arts Festival” on June 1 and 2, 2019, the newly renovated Pedestrian Street of Miltiadou Street will be transformed into a large summer cinema for a 2-day full of Video Art & Animation screenings as well as special tributes and premieres.
Women in Media Technology
The matrix of the future
At a time when technological developments completely differentiate the modern lifestyle and social relations, the empowerment of women is still a key issue. Emphasizing on their works and their contribution to art, technology and science is important in order to create the right ground for combating inequalities and exclusion.
The integrated theme, “Women in media technology”, consists of the open air screenings of 10 films of digital cinema & animation, of which five are presented for the first time to the Greek public. This tribute is being held in the framework of the Festival, as a special memorial to women in the workplace and, specifically, to the cruel, male-dominated area of technology and art. The aim of the special tribute is to raise awareness among women about issues related to women in the workplace and its place in the world of research, innovation and technology, highlighting women’s examples but quoting the only way of managing the media and the thematic ones in the workplace field of digital arts.
The issue of work inequality is a treaty that has been very much concerned, with the impact of the economic crisis on the labor market to intensify it. High unemployment rates among young people as well as in groups treated with bias (eg women) have been particularly important in the context of efforts to eradicate job inequality. The problem of gender discrimination in the labor market is one of the oldest and most deeply rooted, and many rights have been claimed, and many conquests have been made to improve it, yet there are obviously prejudices in which some fields of work are even more outrageous.
The area of technology and innovation is one of the main fields facing this type of bias between the two sexes, not only at the level of production but also in the belief that they can be properly used as a female sex. This subcategory of art is based on the use of new technological means, which from the very beginning was a male-dominated scene without missing the brilliant logarithms of the exception of female authors.
With the emergence of the remarkable work of female artists in the industry, we give the strong signal that the production and use of technology is enjoyed by both genders. By stepping on women’s creators to showcase their remarkable work through the festival, we are promoting the production of new media art by women by providing a way to women’s creators for equal opportunities in the workplace. At the same time, by encouraging the public to critically examine the similarities and differences in the use of the media, as well as the viewpoint – the opinion, the dissemination – of the themes that concern the community, we help to eradicate the prejudices and to raise public awareness, the intimacy of viewers with their work, and so their recognition, which you consider to be a skill in the arts.
With the aim to offer a special mention to women, highlighting their work in the field of art, technology, research and innovation, within the framework of the 15th Athens Digital Arts Festival, we invite you to a two-day event of Open Air Screenings, with free entrance. The program of the film tribute includes first screenings and access to people with disabilities.
* / Athens Digital Arts Festival 2019
Women in media technology
18 Miltiadou str., Historic center of Athens
Saturday 1/6/2019, 20:00 – 23:30
Sunday 2/6/2019, 20:00 – 23:30
The tribute “Women in Media Technology” is implemented through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and the Greek state. Its co-funded projects deal mostly with the improvement of education and employment in Greece. Its main targets relate to the development and promotion of human resources skills, activities against unemployment, strengthen social cohesion and social inclusion of vulnerable social groups, improvement of the quality of education & lifelong learning, awareness on environmental education, linking education with the labor market. The film tribute has free admission and it’s accessible to disabled people.
The tribute “Women in Media Technology” is implemented as part both of the EU-wide communications campaign called “Europe in My Region”, run as a way to encourage citizens to discover and learn more about EU-funded projects near them.
In collaboration: Attica Region
Organization: Organization of Culture, Sport and Youth of the Municipality of Athens (OPANDA)