Laboria Cuboniks: The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation (2018)

20 October 2018, dusan

“The real emancipatory potential of technology remains unrealised.

The Xenofeminist Manifesto calls for the scaling up of feminism. Contemporary feminism, it contends, is limited by its predominant investment in local and micropolitical action. What is needed is a feminism capable of systemic intervention. The Xenofeminist Manifesto propose that such a feminism must start from a new universal–one no longer coded as cis, straight, white, and male–with Xenofeminism as its theoretical and technological platform. Drawing on queer and transfeminist theory, as well as philosophical rationalism, against nature and biological essentialism, the feminist collective Laboria Cuboniks instead invest in alienation and the anti-natural, in seizing technology and in embracing the desire for an alien future.

If nature is unjust, change nature!”

Publisher Verso, London, September 2018
Creative Commons BY 4.0 International License
ISBN 9781788731577, 1788731573
95 pages

Commentary: Annie Goh (2018).

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Purple Noise: An Exhibition Turned Into an Global Feminist Protest Turned Into a Catalogue (2018)

24 September 2018, dusan

“In the summer of 2018, a German artist, famous for having a past as cyberfeminist and a present as technofeminist, was invited to Stuttgart in the South of Germany, to create an exhibition dealing with issues of gender and technology as part of a large festival. During her research, she got in touch with numerous fellow artists and activists, and in a process of collective realization, they found that the time has come, not for another exhibition, but for a global technofeminist upheaval.

Learning from the dark forces that understand how to manipulate national referenda and presidential elections, they flooded social media platforms – an area they had previously avoided in order to protest against the centralisation and privatisation of digital communication. Very quickly, however, they have learned how to “motivate” thousands of followers, how to “inspire” them to like and “share” their contents, and even to contribute their own agendas. Within a few weeks, what had started as a small protest, has grown exponentially and conquered not just the Net but also traditional media. They gained enormous power, more than they ever imagined, and now decisions have to be made on how to use this power. Come and help us decide! What would you do if you had power over the Internet – and thus the real world?”

Produced for Monoskop’s Exhibition Library in the 2018 Seoul Mediacity Biennale, 6 September–18 November 2018 at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Self-published in collaboration with Monoskop, Amsterdam, August 2018
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Cornelia Sollfrank (ed.): Die schönen Kriegerinnen. Technofeministische Praxis im 21. Jahrhundert (2018) [German]

9 September 2018, dusan

Die schönen Kriegerinnen versammelt sieben aktuelle technofeministische Positionen aus Kunst und Aktivismus. Auf höchst unterschiedliche Weise erweitern diese die Denk- und Handlungsansätze des Cyberfeminismus der 1990er Jahre und reagieren damit auf neue Formen von Diskriminierung und Ausbeutung. Geschlechterpolitik wird unter Bezugnahme auf Technologie verhandelt, und Fragen der Technik verbinden sich mit Fragen von Ökologie und Ökonomie. Die unterschiedlichen Positionen um diesen neuen Techno-Öko-Feminismus verstehen ihre Praxis als Einladung, an ihre sozialen und ästhetischen Interventionen anzuknüpfen, dazuzukommen, weiterzumachen, nicht aufzugeben.

Mit Beiträgen von Christina Grammatikopoulou, Isabel de Sena, Femke Snelting, Cornelia Sollfrank, Spideralex, Sophie Toupin, hvale vale, Yvonne Volkart.”

Publisher transversal texts, Vienna, August 2018
ISBN 9783903046160, 3903046167
225 pages

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