Daniel, Sharon

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I am an artist/scholar, engaged in an artistic, intellectual and political endeavor that incorporates both theory and practice and bridges the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. During the last decade my work has evolved from interactive sculpture and video installation to experimental projects that re-cast communication and information technologies as public, community and collaborative sites. Over time, I have moved away from artistic self-expression, grounded in traditional aesthetics, toward a practice of social aesthetics grounded in community-based activism.


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    2008 Rockefeller New Media Fellow
    Daniel, Sharon (2009-06-09T17:47:35Z)
    The Prison Industrial Complex represents a return to the institution of slavery - now under the guise of justice, security, and "corrections". As a result of California's "three strikes and you're out" law, inmate populations have expanded exponentially and so has the prison industrial complex. Prisons are "serviced" by giant corporations, like MCI and Marriott, with monopoly contracts for catering, telephone service and medical care. Inmates are often employed by private corporations at extremely low pay. Companies that service the criminal justices system and are served by prison labor need sufficient quantities of raw materials to guarantee long-term growth - the raw material is prisoners, and industry will do what is necessary to guarantee a steady supply. For the supply of prisoners to grow, criminal justice policies must ensure a sufficient number of incarcerated Americans regardless of whether crime is rising or the incarceration is necessary.
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    2004 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Daniel, Sharon (2006-07-25T15:50:34Z)
    An evolving media archive of recorded conversations with incarcerated women, their families and communities, a website with an 800 number that will allow prisoners and the public to "call-in" by phone to record and publish their views on-line, a public graphics program, a public installation and live webcast "call-in" event that will allow incarcerated women to participate in public conversations, and record and publish their views, on imprisonment as a cultural and political solution to violence, addiction and poverty. The expansion of the prison system is buoyed by the ignorance of a majority of the public about what imprisonment really means to individuals and communities. JustVoice will challenge the assumptions of mainstream society about crime and punishment that fuel a commitment to prisons as the primary solution to our most pressing social problems.
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    2003 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Daniel, Sharon (2006-06-30T18:22:14Z)
    "Need_X_Change," is designed to help the staff and clients of Casa Segura, an HIV prevention and needle exchange clinic in Oakland, California attain social and political "voice", through communication with their local community and participation in the global information culture. There are an estimated 22,000 injection drug users in Oakland and Alameda County, California. A total of 37.8% of all AIDS cases in Alameda County are related to injection drug use. Needle exchange programs are a proven method of reducing needle-related HIV risk behaviors among injection drug users. Casa Segura is a community based organization that provides easily accessible services to promote health and stop the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other drug related harm among people who use drugs, their families and their community. The "voices" of the many individuals who both use and staff Casa Segura (the Safe House) will be made audible to the public through the project web-site and public graphics program. The project has three phases, Voice, Education, and Outreach.