VNS Matrix

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VNS Matrix (articulated as V.N.S. a fauxcronym) was a cyberfeminist media art collective formed in Adelaide (South Australia) in 1991. From 1991-97 they presented installations and public art works in Australia and overseas, working with new media, photography, sound and video. Their works include installations, events, imagery and propaganda distributed through the Internet, zines, and billboards. Taking their point of departure in a sexualised and socially provocative relationship between women and technology the works subversively questioned discourses of domination and control in the expanding cyber space.

The first of their works (a large scale billboard), inspired by such theorists as Donna Haraway and Sadie Plant, featured their seminal text "A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century". It was in this manifesto that the term cyberfeminism first appeared, and this work was widely distributed. In the manifesto, VNS Matrix stated that, "we are the modern cunt/positive anti reason/unbounded unleashed unforgiving" and that, "we are the virus of the new world disorder/rupturing the symbolic from within/saboteurs of big daddy mainframe/the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix/the VNS Matrix". The group disbanded in 1997, but occasionally work together on selected projects and presentations. Their parting manifesto Bitch Mutant Manifesto gave the finger to all technopatriarchies and capitalist infospheres with the words "suck my code" amongst other blasphemous exhortations.

VNS Matrix was and is Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini, and Virginia Barratt. (Source)

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