Practitioners in media and the arts face numerous limits and forms of censorship and control and the main aim of the symposium is to explore how are these limits delineated and by whom. Specifically the symposium wishes to investigate how artists and media practitioners respond to social, cultural and political contexts, how practice is often politicised in relation to power and how practitioners themselves envisage the pressures and limitations affecting thinking, production and performance. Censorship can be regarded as a moral issue ( expected ethical and professional dilemmas faced by the media industry; the power shift towards the consumer who is now also a producer of content; the resurgence of religious/scientific debates), a political issue (financing; management of the cultural industries; security and military concerns; manipulation but also instances of resistance from within the system) and corporate censorship (the media product as a cultural commodity; the simulacrum of competition; the fluid nature of the practitioner’s role within the industry). Many of these debates are now held in relation to new technologies and their potential for disrupting once clearly delineated boundaries, producing a hiatus in regulation frameworks, renegotiating the role of the consumer-practitioner and bringing new subjectivities into the creative process.


MECCSA Practice Section

Media Department, Edge Hill University

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