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– The Architecture of the Internet

Image is of a high rise city scape with green lights


Join radio producer and educator Areej Nur in a conversation interrogating the democratic nature of the internet while also revealing the inequalities that are designed within it, and exploring how artists are responding to internet crises.

From the rise of online hate speech to access issues preventing millions of people from having equal access to the internet to the loss of entire poorer communities as major tech companies need never ending amounts of land and physical space to house internet networks, the internet – billed as a democratic and open space – often replicates offline institutional inequalities both in design and content.

Protocol is a series of live talks grounded in the relationship between contemporary performance and the digital cultures that exist on the internet, hosted by Areej Nur as part of BLEED Echo, a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.

Premiere status

World Premiere

Artistic Credits

  • Host: Areej Nur
  • With guests: Tega Brain, Nasma Ahmed

Supported by

  • Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne as part of BLEED 2020. BLEED is supported Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre and City of Melbourne through Arts House.


This event occurred live on Thursday 16 July.

A recording of the speakers will be available to watch here from 21 July.


This was a free event.


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  • Open Captions


Areej Nur

Areej Nur is a radio producer, presenter and educator. She is the co-founder of African arts collective Still Nomads and podcast network Broadwave. Most of  Areej’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of conversations about media, arts, race and feminism in Australia.

Tega Brain

Tega Brain is an Australian-born artist and environmental engineer whose work examines issues of ecology, data systems and infrastructure. She has created wireless networks that respond to natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating fitness data, and an online smell-based dating service. Her work has been shown in the Vienna Biennale for Change, the Guangzhou Triennial, and in institutions like the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the New Museum, among others. Tega is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University. She works with the Processing Foundation on the Learning to Teach conference series and p5js project.

Nasma Ahmed

is a technologist and community organizer that works within the intersections of social justice, technology and policy. She is currently Director of the Digital Justice Lab, a Toronto based organization that focuses on building a more just and equitable digital future.

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