B+A Bulletin #202 – 56 Black Men, Ben Wilson, The Factory in the Making & Algorithms of Oppression.

B+A Bulletin #202 – 56 Black Men, Ben Wilson, The Factory in the Making & Algorithms of Oppression.

B+A Breaking

Ey up!

Giulia, Andrew and Luke (hey) have been in Manchester today, spending some quality time with the folk at Manchester International Festival. While we were up there, we got to check out The Factory, MIF’s brilliant new arts space in the making. Ok, it’s still a building site rn, but check this to whet your appetite.

That’s right, it’s only the intro and we’re already throwing out the good links. Bulletin #202, with pleasing symmetry, is just getting started…

B+A Brilliance

This one’s courtesy of the pavement outside Andrew’s crib, which is now the proud owner of an original Ben Wilsonpiece. Wilson is a pioneer of outsider art, using discarded chewing gum and painstakingly-applied acrylic paints to create accessible public artworks, and in the process, highlight the potential for beauty in the overlooked.

B+A Books etc.

Data discrimination due to biased algorithms is a real social problem. And if we’re going to tackle it, first we gotta learn what exactly is going on. Adesuwa turned us onto Safiya Umoja Noble’s analysis of digital racism and the bias of the internet, and we’re diving into it proper for the next instalment of the B+A Book Club. Internet, we’re onto you.

B+A Babble

And while we’re taking on Black Mirror Society… shout out to Australia for trialling the removal of public ‘likes’ from Instagram. Supposedly designed to offset the social pressure we’re now all totally enchained by, it’s a bold move with potentially big repercussions for Insta’s business model globally. Jumping onto the mental health zeitgeist? Or a radical shift to save us all? We wanna know what you think…

B+A Big Up

Cephas Williams, we see you. Williams is the mastermind behind 56 Black Men, a photography series and campaign that challenges the media’s portrayal of blackness through a singular, negative lens. By repeatedly photographing the “cliche image of a black man wearing a hoody”, Williams puts black men back at the forefront of their own conversation.

And young people are taking notice. We’ve been chatting to a bunch of them, and can testify to their energy. So once again, and louder too, Cephas Williams – we see you.

B+A Bye…

You mighta noticed the sneaky lil clue that this Bulletin came to you from somewhere between Manchester and London (did you?). Well, it’s the last stop now guys soooo…

Luke and Team B+A