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– The Cultures of the Internet

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Join radio producer and educator Areej Nur in a conversation on how the internet can create digital cultures across borders, the exploitation of culture by brands and corporations and how artists navigate this space. The internet and online spaces promote an idea of a democratisation of cultures with a utopian global culture where the lines between borders are blurred. However, the same systems of exploitation and appropriation of cultures that exist offline are often perpetuated online. For instance, brands and corporations monitor social media to find the latest new trend or work without crediting the artists behind its creation.

This talk will consider how different artists and thinkers have navigated these dilemmas and protect themselves online.

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: Derica Sheilds, Jessica Lynne

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 13 August.
A recording of the speakers will be available to watch here from 18 August.


This was a free event.


  • Auslan Interpreted
  • 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.

Derica Shields

Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and programmer from South London. She is currently developing a multi-format oral history project centring on Black people’s accounts of the UK welfare state, and completing a book project on failure.

Jessica Lynne

Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in AmericaThe BelieverBOMB MagazineThe Nation, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about love, faith, and the American South. Jessica lives and works in coastal Virginia.

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