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Websiteseeing: Charlotte Webb - THEFT


Curated by Dr. Charlotte Webb

“Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very impolite thing to do. But like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would look better in your house, and you simply grab the painting and take it there. But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it would be excusable to grab the painting, take it to your house, and eat it.”

“To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.”

(Thanks to Jeremy Pilcher for Oddee tipoff.)

Dr Charlotte Webb is Co-founder and Chief Leopard of Feminist Internet, a non-profit organisation on a mission to advance internet equality for women and other marginalised groups through creative, critical practice.

She is Founding Director of Even, an ethical technology consultancy. Charlotte is developing an MA in Internet Equality for the CCI, and is passionate about shaping positive, inclusive visions and uses of the internet. Recently nominated by the Evening Standard as one London’s most influential people in Technology and Science in London, she is an international speaker and has been interviewed by media organisations including the BBC, Guardian, Evening Standard, Dazed and Marie Claire for her opinions on the internet, feminism and gendered AI.

Described as a ‘deviant academic’, Dr Webb’s PhD was a creative exploration of how the internet has transformed artistic authorship and cultural production.

Websiteseeing is an automatic online virtual tour, taking viewers through the best sites the world wide web has to offer.

Curated by artists, independent curators and people within the digital realm, Websiteseeing  displays a series of connected websites determined by a specific research interest, topic, or methodology. Shown as a continuously loading sequence chosen by the curator, the websites appear for a predetermined amount of time; if a website piques curiosity, the viewer has a few seconds to explore the page before the next one is loaded on their browser. Within this constraint, the websites presented act more akin to a ‘non-place’ than as spaces for the dissemination of information.

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