Cyberfeminism

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VNS Matrix, A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century, 1991.

A resource on the art and cultural movement and its historisation. Associated notions: technofeminism, xenofeminism.

Pages

Events

  • "Replicunts: The Future of Cyberfeminism", Virtual Futures, 28 May 1995. [1]
  • 1. Cyberfeminist International, conference, Documenta X, Kassel, 20-28 Sep 1997. Organised by Old Boys Network.
  • Next Cyberfeminist International, conference, Rotterdam, 8-13 Mar 1999. Organised by Old Boys Network.
  • FACES in Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, 8 Dec 2000.
  • Very Cyberfeminist International, conference, Hamburg, 13-16 Dec 2001. Organised by Old Boys Network. [2]
  • Eclectic Tech Carnival, internationally, since 2002.
  • Zelig3, conference, Zelig, Paris, 9-15 Dec 2002.
  • Cyberfem. Feminisms on the Electronic Landscape, EACC/Espai d´art contemporani de Castelló, Spain, Oct 2006 - Jan 2007. Curated by Ana Martínez-Collado.
  • Rebooting Cyberfeminism: A Roundtable, re:place: Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology conference, Berlin, 18 Nov 2007. Facilitated by Irina Aristarkhova and Faith Wilding.
  • The Very First Year, Eyebeam, New York, 27 Jul 2013. Facilitated by Laurel Ptak and inspired by her research at Eyebeam into cyberfeminist art practices since the 1990s. Featuring installations and activities by Feminist Economics Department (the FED), Miki Foster, Jen Kennedy + Liz Linden, Queer Technologies, Cassie Thornton, Caroline Woolard, and Eyebeam Alumnae.
  • TransHACKfeminist! camp, Calafou, Barcelona, 2014.
  • Hacking Feminism symposium, Center for Transformative Media (CTM), Parsons/The New School for Design, New York, 9-10 May 2015. Co-organised by Patricia Clough (CUNY), Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Western), Dan Mellamphy (Western), Svitlana Matviyenko (Western), and Ed Keller (CTM). Participants: Anne Balsamo, Shannon Bell, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Zach Blas, Sarah Choukah, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Lucca Fraser, Alexander Galloway, Nancy Gillespie, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Margret Grebowicz, Karen Gregory, Eileen Joy, Ed Keller, Svitlana Matviyenko, Dan Mellamphy, Luciana Parisi, Jasbir Puar, Joshua Scannell, Oyku Tekten, McKenzie Wark.
  • Technofeminism Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 17 Jun 2015. Panel discussion chaired by Helen Hester revisiting the contributions of technofeminism, in light of recent developments in leftist critical thinking and on the occasion of release of Laboria Cuboniks’s Xenofeminism: a Politics for Alienation. Speakers included Sarah Kember, Laboria Cuboniks and Legacy Russell.
  • Femflix exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, 11 Aug-3 Sep 2016. Curated by Jacqueline Millner, Jane Schneider and Deborah Szapiro. Presented 1990s feminist films from Australia, including the works of cyberfeminists.
  • CyborGrrrls Encuentro Tecnofeminista, Mexico DF, 24-26 Mar 2017. FB. [3]
  • Post-Cyber Feminist International, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 15-19 Nov 2017. Conceived by Rosalie Doubal and Helen Hester on the occasion of twenty years since The First Cyberfeminist International. Participants: Salome Asega, Ain Bailey, Siana Bangura, Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, Diann Bauer, BBZ London, The Church of Expanded Telepathy, Shu Lea Cheang, Joni Cohen, Laboria Cuboniks, Tamar Clarke-Brown, Anaïs Duplan, Akwugo Emejulu, Annie Goh, Caspar Heinemann, Helen Hester, shawné michaelain holloway, Eleni Ikoniadou, E. Jane, Shira Jeczmien, Helen Kaplinsky, Kiyémis, Mary Maggic, Diana McCarty, Zarina Muhammad, Jenn Nkiru, Eleanor Penny, Stina Puotinen, Tabita Rezaire, Legacy Russell, Res., SCRAAATCH, Victoria Sin, Francesca Sobande, Cornelia Sollfrank, Marie Thompson, Demelza Toy Toy, Faith Wilding, Zadie Xa and Anicka Yi. Programme booklet. Review: Judah (Guardian).
  • Post-Cyber Feminism: Mutations in Australian Feminist Technoscience panel discussion, Sydney, 29 Aug-1 Sep 2018.
  • Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer" symposium, Südblock & aquarium, Berlin, 28 Apr 2018. Curated by Creamcake and Gala Rexer.
  • Computer Grrrls exhibition, HMKV, Dortmund, 27 Oct 2018-24 Feb 2019; La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, 13 Mar-14 Jul 2019; MU, Eindhoven, Aug-Sep 2019. Curated by Inke Arns.
  • Hysterical Mining: Vienna Biennale For Change 2019, exhibition, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 29 May-6 Oct 2019. Curated by Anne Faucheret and Vanessa Joan Müller. [4]

Writings, talks

First Cyberfeminist International: Old Boys Network Reader 1, 1998, Log, PDF.
Sadie Plant, Zeros + Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture, 1998, Log, PDF.

1990s

  • VNS Matrix, A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century, Adelaide & Sydney, 1991, HTML; printed in Broadsheet 21(1): "Adelaide Festival Special Issue", Mar 1992; repr. in Art and Text 42, May 1992; repr. in Women, Computing and Culture, eds. P. Bishop, M. Dyer and P. Griffin, Adelaide: University of South Australia, 1994, p 110; repr. in Unnatural: Techno-Theory for a Contaminated Culture, ed. Matthew Fuller, London: Underground, 1994. [5] [6] [7]
    • in Kabinet 8, eds. V. Mazin and O. Turkov, St Petersburg, 1994, pp 117-121. (Russian)
    • "Cyberfeministički manifest za 21. stoljeće", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 19-20. (Croatian)
    • "Manifeste cyber féministe pour le 21ème siècle", in Connexions: art, réseaux, média, eds. Annick Bureaud and Nathalie Magnan, Paris: École nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, 2002, pp 545-546. [8] (French)
  • Allucquère Rosanne Stone, "Will the Real Body Please Stand Up?", in Cyberspace: First Steps, ed. Michael Benedikt, MIT Press, 1991, pp 81-118.
    • "Neka stvarno tijelo ustane, molim!", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 99-120. (Croatian)
  • Judy Wajcman, Feminism Confronts Technology, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991, 194 pp.
  • Jyanni Steffensen, "Girls in (Cyber)Space", Broadsheet 22:4, Dec 1993, p 16. Review of the exhibition All New Gen by VNS Matrix.
  • Zoe Sofia, "Against 'Neofuturism': Women Artists in Technological Media", Artlink 13:1, Mar 1993. [9] [10]
  • VNS Matrix, "All New Gen", Framework 6(2): "Art & Technology", ed. Peter Lunenfeld, May 1993; repr. in Unnatural: Techno-Theory for a Contaminated Culture, ed. Matthew Fuller, London: Underground, 1994; repr. in Virtual Futures: Cyberotics, Technology and Post-Humanism, eds. J. Broadhurst Dixon and E.J. Cassidy, London: Routledge, 1998, pp 37-42.
    • in Kabinet 8, eds. V. Mazin and O. Turkov, St Petersburg, 1994, pp 117-121. (Russian)
  • Sadie Plant, "The Feminine Cyberspace", London, Mar 1994, 44 min. Video of a talk presented at Seduced & Abandoned: The Body in the Virtual World conference at ICA, London.
  • Nancy Kaplan, Eva Farrell, "Weavers of Webs: A Portrait of Young Women on the Net", Electronic Journal of Virtual Culture 2:3, Jul 1994.
    • "Tkalje Mreža: portret mladih žena na Netu", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 49-68. (Croatian)
  • VNS Matrix, "Pathogenic Vectors", in ISEA '94: The 5th International Symposium on Electronic Art Catalogue, ed. Minna Tarkka, Helsinki: University of Art & Design Helsinki, Aug 1994, p 158.
  • "VNS Matrix and Virginia Barratt interviewed by Bernadette Flynn", Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 8(1): "Electronic Arts in Australia", 1994, pp 419-432.
  • Anne Balsamo, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women, Duke University Press, 1995.
    • "Feminizam za neizlijecivo informirane", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 69-98. Trans. of the chapter "Feminism for the Incurably Informed". (Croatian)
  • Sadie Plant, "The Future Looms: Weaving Women and Cybernetics", Body & Society 1:3-4, Sage, 1995, pp 45-64.
  • Allucquère Rosanne Stone, The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age, MIT Press, 1995, 212 pp, OL. Reviews: Nideffer (Soc Sci Comp R), Sci Tech Soc.
  • RosieX, "Interview with Sadie Plant", geekgirl 1, 1995.
    • "Intervju s dr. Sadie Plant", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 21-24. (Croatian)
  • VNS Matrix, "Bitch Mutant Manifesto", Apr 1996; printed in Feminist Art Manifestos: An Anthology, ed. Katy Deepwell, London: KT press, 2014. [11]
  • Nancy Paterson, "Cyberfeminism", Fireweed, Summer 1996, pp 48-55, TXT.
    • "Cyberfeminizam", trans. Igor Marković, in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 43-48, IA. (Croatian)
    • "Cyberfeminismus", trans. Klaus Binder, in Der Sinn der "Sinne", Goettingen: Steidl, 1998, pp 292-301. (German)
  • VNS Matrix, "Nothing is Certain: Flesh, the Postbody and Cyberfeminism. VNS Matrix in Conversation with Nora Delahunty", in Memesis: The Future of Evolution, ARS Electronica ’96, Vienna, 1996, PDF.
  • Tiziana Terranova, Corpi nella rete, interfacce multiple, cyberfemminismo e agorà telematiche, Genova: Costa & Nolan, 1996, 77 pp. (Italian)
  • Rosi Braidotti, "Cyberfeminism with a Difference", New Formations 29, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1996.
    • "Cyber-Feminismus anders", in Zonen der Verstörung, ed. Silvia Eiblmayr, Graz: Steirischer Herbst, 1997, pp 112-120. (German)
    • "Ciberfeminizam s razlikom", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 25-42. (Croatian)
  • Kay Schaffer, "The Contested Zone: Cybernetics, Feminism and Representation", Journal of Australian Studies 20:50-51, 1996, pp 157-164, HTML.
    • "Sporna zona: kibernetika, feminizam i reprezentacija", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 121-130. (Croatian)
  • Sadie Plant, Zeroes and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture, London: Fourth Estate, 1997, 305 pp.
  • Old_Boys_Network, "100 Anti-Theses of Cyberfeminism", 1997.
    • "100 antiteza", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999. (Croatian)
  • Josephine Bosma, "Interview Alla Mitrofanova and Olga Suslova", nettime-l, 15 Jun 1997.
    • "Intervju s Allom Mitrofanovom i Olgom Suslovom", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 161-168. (Croatian)
  • Jennifer Brayton, "Cyberfeminism as New Theory", 1997.
  • First Cyberfeminist International: Old Boys Network Reader 1, eds. Cornelia Sollfrank and Old Boys Network, obn, 1998, 88 pp. Documentation of the September 1997 conference as part of Hybrid Workspace at Documenta X, Kassel.
  • Verena Kuni, "The Future is Femail", in First Cyberfeminist International: Old Boys Network Reader 1, eds. Cornelia Sollfrank and Old Boys Network, obn, 1998, pp 13-18.
    • "Budućnost je fe-mail", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 131-146. (Croatian)
  • Alla Mitrofanova, "Looking for 'Information', 'Subject' and 'Body' from the Metaphysics to the Present (Cyberfeminist Perspective)", in First Cyberfeminist International: Old Boys Network Reader 1, eds. Cornelia Sollfrank and Old Boys Network, obn, 1998, pp 33-36.
    • "Potraga za 'informacijom', 'subjektom' i 'tijelom', od metafizike do sadasnjosti (Cyberfeministicka perspektiva)", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 169-176. (Croatian)
  • Olga Suslova, "Body without Body", 1998. Lecture given at the East-East conference, St Petersburg.
    • "Tijelo bez tijela", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999, pp 177-182. (Croatian)
  • Faith Wilding, "Where is the Feminism in Cyberfeminism?", nparadoxa 2: "Women and New Media", London, Jul 1998, pp 6-13, HTML, HTML. [12]
    • "Gdje je feminizam u cyberfeminizmu", in Cyberfeminizam, ed. Igor Marković, Zagreb: Centar za ženske studije, 1999. (Croatian)
  • Susanna Paasonen, "Digital, Human, Animal, PLANT: The Politics of Cyberfeminism?", nparadoxa 2: "Women and New Media", London, Jul 1998, pp 16-22.
  • Faith Wilding, Critical Art Ensemble, "Notes on the Political Condition of Cyberfeminism", Art Journal 57:2, Summer 1998, pp 46-59.
  • Cornelia Sollfrank, "The Truth about Cyberfeminism", 1998, HTML.
  • Nancy Paterson, "Curly, Larry & PoMo", Astrolabe 1, Ohio State University, 1998, DOC.
  • Nathalie Muller, "Interview with Sadie Plant", n.d. [13]
  • Mary-Anne Breeze, "Attack of the CyberFeminists: The Art, Times and Genderings of VNS Matrix + e-nter-view/of/with Gashgirl", Switch 4:1, 1998.
  • Petra Jedličková, "Ženy na drátech aneb český kyberfeminismus / Women on the Wires, or Czech Cyberfeminism", Jedním Okem/One Eye Open 1, Prague, Spring 1998, pp 95-110. (Czech)/(English)
  • Next Cyberfeminist International: Old Boys Network Reader 2, eds. Cornelia Sollfrank and Old Boys Network, obn, 1999, 104 pp. Extended documentation of the March 1999 conference in Rotterdam.
  • Igor Marković (ed.), Cyberfeminizam, trans. Rada Borić, et al., Zagreb: Centar za zenske studije, 1999, 220 pp. TOC. (Croatian)
  • Marina Gržinić, Adele Eisenstein (eds.), The Spectralization of Technology: From Elsewhere to Cyberfeminism and Back: Institutional Modes of the Cyberworld, Maribor: MKC, 1999, 128 pp. TOC. With texts by Cornelia Sollfrank, Helene von Oldenburg, Claudia Reiche, Kathy Rae Huffman, Eva Ursprung, Margarete Jahrmann and Marina Gržinić. (English)/(Slovenian)
  • Susan Hawthorne, Renate Klein (eds.), Cyberfeminism: Connectivity, Critique and Creativity, Melbourne: Spinifex Press, 1999, 434 pp. Review: Wise (Media Intl AU). [14]
  • Jenny Wolmark (ed.), Cybersexualities: A Reader on Feminist Theory, Cyborgs and Cyberspace, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Jul 1999, 392 pp.
  • Nathalie Magnan, "Cartographie subjective et momentanée des cyberféministes", Synesthésie 9, 1999. (French)
  • Petra Jedličková, "Kyberfeminismus tady a teď", in Nové čtení světa: feminismus devadesátých let českýma očima, eds. Marie Chřibková, Josef Chuchma, and Eva Klimetová, Prague: One Woman Press (Marie Chřibková), 1999, pp 260-272. [15] (Czech)
  • Verena Kuni, "Die Flanerin im Datennetz: Wege und Fragen zum Cyberfeminismus", in Konfigurationen: zwischen Kunst und Medien, eds. Sigrid Schade-Tholen and Georg Christoph Tholen, Munich, 1999. (German)

2000s

2010s

Historisation

Primary references

See also

Resources


Art and Culture

Avant-garde and modernist magazines, Artists' publishing, Graphic design, Photography, Typewriter art, Multimedia environments, Design research, Video activism, Urban practices, Zine culture, Demoscene, VJing, Live cinema, Media labs, Cyberfeminism, Community television, Hacktivism, Art servers, Hackerspaces, CD-ROM art, Circuit bending, Pure Data, Media archives, VVVV, Maker culture, Glitch art, Live coding, Locative media, Libre graphics, Electromagnetism, Surf clubs, DIY biology, Post-digital, Neural aesthetics.
See also Art styles and movements.

Humanities

Fields and theories: Classics, Art history, History of architecture, Anthropology, Semiotics, Philosophy of technology, Marxist aesthetics, Design research, Humanities computing, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Mediology, Media archaeology, Cyberfeminism, Cultural techniques, Neuroaesthetics, Posthumanities, Sensory ethnography, Media ecology, Digital humanities, Software studies, Modern periodical studies, Accelerationism.
Concepts: Faktura, Ostranenie, Biomechanics, Commons, Postmedia, Evil media.
Related theories: Systems theory, Information theory, Cybernetics.
Writers.