[NetBehaviour] Ada Lovelace Day.

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 1 16:02:18 CET 2009


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--- On Sun, 3/1/09, Katharine Norman <katharine at stayconscious.com> wrote:

> From: Katharine Norman <katharine at stayconscious.com>
> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Ada Lovelace Day.
> To: ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org, "NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity" <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
> Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 9:59 AM
> Hello Ruth,
> 
> Thank you so much! What a wonderful list, that's an
> amazingly rich 
> variety of work and I look forward to visiting and finding
> out more - I 
> shall also point my students at this. Yes, I agree that
> 'visibility' of 
> the work (or maybe 'hearability' in my field ;-) 
> is so important. 
> Within digital experimental music, and especially within
> teaching about 
> this area (both inside and outside of the academy, I hasten
> to add) I 
> still feel that the presence of women practitioners is
> particularly 
> lacking, and the reasons are complex perhaps ...well,
> aren't they always 
> - I don't *think* this is just my anecdotal sense,
> although I have no 
> data on this (some has been collected however, a while
> back, that 
> indicates this in the UK institutions at least).
> 
> best,
> 
> Katharine
> 
> on 26/02/2009 5:27 AM Ruth Catlow wrote:
> > Hi Kathryn,
> >
> > Thanks for your post. It got me thinking about how
> important the
> > visibility of other women's work is to me in my
> daily doings. There is
> > then something about a lot of this works' basis in
> networks that makes
> > me feel much more connected to it than I might be to
> work of other women
> > artists. 
> > in the meantime I have been thinking about...
> >
> > Annie Abrahams - for one of my favourite early netart
> works, Separation
> > http://bram.org/separation - and for her networked
> performances
> > including the multiple series with panoplie
> > http://aabrahams.wordpress.com
> >
> > Daphne Dragona - curatorial work with networked
> consciousness in the
> > field of games art a - especially the amazing Homo
> Ludens Ludens at
> > Laboral
> >
> http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2008/05/homo-ludens-ludens-quick-conve.php
> > and her work with Personal Cinema
> >
> > Aurea Harvey - for her part with Entropy8Zuper in
> early intimate
> > networked performances
> http://entropy8zuper.org/wirefire and for Endless
> > Forest, Tale of Tales's bucolic social screensaver
> > http://tale-of-tales.com/TheEndlessForest
> >
> > Mary Flanagan - for her energetic explorations as
> academic, educator,
> > artist and programmer at the intersection of games,
> art and feminism
> > and exploring collaborative approaches to thinking
> about values in
> > http://www.valuesatplay.org/
> >
> > Aileen Derieg - her writing about life in the Freie
> Szene in Linz on the
> > Furtherfield blog
> http://blog.furtherfield.org/?q=blog/8 and
> > translations of writing at the intersection of art,
> technolgy and social
> > change.
> >
> > The  De Geuzen crew - Renee Turner, Femke Snelting and
> Riek Sijbring -
> > especially for their project Female Icons
> > http://www.geuzen.org/female_icons/
> >
> > Helen Varley Jamieson - for Upstage cyberformance
> platform
> > http://upstage.org.nz/blog/
> >
> > Maja Kalogera - for some great digital artworks,
> curating exhibitions
> > and facilitating Upgrade in Zagreb
> http://www.wowm.org/site_v7/index.php
> >
> > Kate Southworth- her thinking on feminism/networks and
> her ongoing
> > artistic collaboration with Patrick Simon with Glorius
> Ninth
> > http://www.gloriousninth.net
> >
> > Ele Carpenter - http://www.elecarpenter.org.uk/ for
> tech inspired and
> > facilitated participation with Open Source Embroidery,
> her curatorial
> > project exploring artists practice that explores the
> relationship
> > between programming for embroidery and computing.
> >
> > Kate Rich - her imaginative, sideways and wonderfully
> parasitical
> > project, Feral Trade, for trading goods along social
> networks. She has
> > constructed a live shipping database, The Feral Trade
> Courier, "for a
> > freight network running outside commercial systems.
> The database offers
> > dedicated tracking of feral trade products in
> circulation, archives
> > every shipment and generates freight documents on the
> fly."
> > http://www.feraltrade.org/
> >
> > Kale Brandon -For her part (with Kate Rich) in Cube
> Cola, the first
> > "open source soft drink"
> http://sparror.cubecinema.com/cube/cola and
> > (with Heath Bunting) in Border Xing
> >
> > Jess Loseby - her net art http://www.rssgallery.com/
> and various
> > contributary projects especially Angry Women - Disturb
> the Peace
> >
> http://www.rssgallery.com/2006/12/01/angry-women-disturbthepeace/
> >
> > Lucy Eyers - her work on the first Node.London season
> of media art
> > http://nodel.org and the low-fi netart locator
> http://www.low-fi.org.uk
> > and commissions
> >
> > Liza Haskel - early work in collaborative media art
> practices involving
> > critical engagement in the politics of technology
> > http://mediaartprojects.org.uk
> >
> > Francesca da Rimini/Gashgirl - early dirty
> cyberfeminism and current
> > exploratory work on "small media, soft
> ecologies"
> > http://www.sysx.org/gashgirl/
> >
> > Hannah Higgins - her book Fluxus Experience - not
> strictly technological
> > but so closely connected in my mind to a more
> connected and distributed
> > art experience
> >
> > Lucy Lippard -for dematerialization of the art object,
> for offering
> > precursory context for net art but mainly for
> articulating the tensions
> > for women artists looking to work with parity in a
> patriarchal, market
> > driven art world
> >
> > Susy Gablick - her book Conversations before the end
> of time (not
> > overtly technological -but somehow contextual)
> >
> > Sadie Plant - her books 'Zeros and Ones' and
> though not strictly
> > technological, her book 'The Most Radical
> Gesture' about Situationism
> > seems relevant too
> >
> > Finally I just have to slip Bjork in there for all of
> her songs which
> > are full of blips and bleeps and glitches and
> technical experimentations
> > and for her video with Chris Cunningham - All is Full
> of Love
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjAoBKagWQA
> >
> > Of course there are lots of others and I am resisting
> the temptation to
> > add in a list of honorary women (yes men!) 
> >
> > Finally I am excited by the prospect of attending
> Eclectic Tech Carnival
> > this year in September
> http://eclectictechcarnival.org/node/864 for a
> > "gathering of women interested in
> technology". It seems like a great
> > thing. Perhaps you should come too:)
> >
> > love and peace
> > Ruth
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Katharine Norman
> <katharine at stayconscious.com>
> > Reply-To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed
> creativity
> > <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
> > To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
> > <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
> > Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Ada Lovelace Day.
> > Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:40:50 +0000
> >
> > Hello Marc, Karen,
> >
> > Well, I tend to lurk....but now I think I have to
> write:
> >
> > I will be signing up - to write about: Pauline
> Oliveros, composer and 
> > writer who has, through her work been a role model I,
> for one, needed, 
> > as I studied and now teach as a composer/writer in the
> area of 
> > experimental 'computer music'.
> >
> > I keep a piece she wrote about her university teaching
> experience near 
> > me, where I can draw on it for strength.Perhaps a
> brief extract might be 
> > of interest -  this passage is a little out of
> context, but I think she 
> > certainly nails some experiences others will know only
> too well Her 
> > advice hails from her experience of US academia.. from
> the late 1960s on.
> >
> > 'A problem: Although there are pockets and waves
> of enlightenment in 
> > some institutions women continue to be marginalized in
> music and 
> > technology in institutions. They are rarely given
> teaching positions or 
> > assistantships in technology and music composition.
> >
> > A solution: In order to restore the balance of power
> between all beings, 
> > women have to acknowledge their secret feelings,
> devise coping 
> > strategies to deal with men of power and privilege,
> bond with and 
> > support one another in dedication to evoking the most
> positive and 
> > creative personal and professional behavior from
> themselves and others 
> > in every way that is possible. Creativity at all
> levels of society in 
> > every possible action is the only solution to the
> evolution of 
> > consciousness free of the limitations of fear'
> Pauline Oliveros, 'A 
> > Former UCSD Professor Speaks Up' (first posted
> online to cec-discuss - 
> > 1996 I think)
> >
> > For any woman, like myself, working in technologically
> based areas, 
> > there are I think particular challenges - sadly, still
> - to expect. 
> > After six years away from academia, I am back both to
> directing an 
> > electronic music studio and to teach in the area of
> experimental digital 
> > music (at City University London). And I come back
> find only one woman 
> > in the sizeable postgraduate community, and few
> applying or taking 
> > undergraduate electives. I understand from concerned
> male and female 
> > professonal colleagues that the situation is no less
> dire elsewhere.
> >
> > My heart aches to change this, and my personal
> 'solution' has been to be 
> > incremental and piecemeal, to engender local shifts of
> attitude, or 
> > attempts at such - but I feel this is failure of a
> kind. As Marc so 
> > ruefully and, I think, accurately, discerns the
> 'laziness' of - in this 
> > case - academic structures is hard (but not
> impossible, I dream...and 
> > hope ) to shake out of its complacency. But to my mind
> the roots lie 
> > deeper ( and are more pervasive and embedded) than
> whether individuals 
> > (male or female) 'bother' or not.. I would be
> very interested to know 
> > what others have encountered in various contexts and
> their advice.
> >
> > - and my computer hard drive's name....well, Ada,
> of course ;-)
> >
> > best,
> >
> > Katharine
> >
> > on 22/02/2009 12:44 PM marc garrett wrote:
> >   
> >> Hi Karen,
> >>
> >> Yes, I will definitely sign the pledge :-)
> >>
> >> Here's a snippet in respect of where I am
> coming from, which I wrote in 
> >> the Crisis interview with the Open Source Art
> crew:
> >>
> >> "Issues such as war, religion, the climate
> change and the financial 
> >> crisis are all linked. To define any of them as
> coming from a singular 
> >> root cause would be too easy, yet I do feel there
> is a deep rooted 
> >> problem that needs serious observation. It is part
> of the crisis and a 
> >> puzzle, hard-wired into humanity’s psyche, it
> exists everywhere. All of 
> >> our cultures through history have failed to
> actively incorporate as 
> >> equal, a feminine perspective, usually leaving
> women out of the decision 
> >> making process as much as possible, unless they
> abide within the rules 
> >> of a masculine orientated framework. Even though
> many women have managed 
> >> to become part of life’s institutional
> infrastructures, they still have 
> >> to behave according to patriarchal demands. This
> is because a 
> >> fundamental male code of conduct has already been
> set in place as 
> >> default long before any women have had a decent
> chance to challenge 
> >> these unbalanced conditions."
> http://www.interviewingthecrisis.org/?p=27
> >>
> >> I feel that we need more evolutionary approaches
> which are informed by 
> >> and relate more to human related contexts, so to
> transcend the typical 
> >> and lazy, male dominated, monotheist imposed
> structures (religious or 
> >> institutional). Like yourself maybe?
> >>
> >> marc
> >>
> >>
> >> Hello Marc,
> >> Thank you for being one of the few males bothering
> about this - will you 
> >> be place a pledge?
> >>
> >> Karen...
> >>
> >> Pledge "AdaLovelaceDay"
> >>
> >>
> >> "I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th
> March about a woman in 
> >> technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other
> people will do the same."
> >>
> >> — Suw Charman-Anderson (contact)
> >>
> >> Deadline to sign up by: 24th March 2009
> >> 1,341 people have signed up (341 over target)
> >>
> >> More details
> >> Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of
> blogging to draw attention 
> >> to women excelling in technology. Women's
> contributions often go 
> >> unacknowledged, their innovations seldom
> mentioned, their faces rarely 
> >> recognised. We want you to tell the world about
> these unsung heroines. 
> >> Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a
> tech entrepreneur, a 
> >> programmer or a designer, developing software or
> hardware, a tech 
> >> journalist or a tech consultant, we want to
> celebrate her achievements.
> >>
> >> It doesn't matter how new or old your blog is,
> what gender you are, what 
> >> language you blog in, or what you normally blog
> about - everyone is 
> >> invited to take part. All you need to do is sign
> up to this pledge and 
> >> then publish your blog post any time on Tuesday
> 24th March 2009. If 
> >> you're going to be away that day, feel free to
> write your post in 
> >> advance and set your blogging system to publish it
> that day.
> >>
> >> We will gather as many of the posts together on
> the day as we can, and 
> >> we'll let you know exactly how we're going
> to do that nearer the time. 
> >> For ongoing updates about Ada Lovelace day, please
> follow us on Twitter, 
> >> join our mailing list or see our blog.
> >>
> >> http://findingada.com/
> >> http://twitter.com/FindingAda
> >> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/findingada
> >>
> >> Who was Ada?
> >> Ada Lovelace was one of the world's first
> computer programmers, and one 
> >> of the first people to see computers as more than
> just a machine for 
> >> doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles
> Babbage's Analytical 
> >> Engine, a general-purpose computing machine,
> despite the fact that it 
> >> was never built. She also wrote the very first
> description of a computer 
> >> and of software.
> >>
> >>
> >> On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM, marc garrett 
> >> <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org> wrote:
> >>
> >>     Ada Lovelace Day.
> >>
> >>     Bringing women in technology to the fore.
> >>
> >>     I've mainly stayed away from the
> discussion of gender issues in
> >>     technology. I didn't think that I had any
> real expertise to share. But
> >>     over the last six months, after many
> conversations, it has become clear
> >>     that many of my female friends in tech really
> do feel disempowered. They
> >>     feel invisible, lacking in confidence, and
> unsure how to compete for
> >>     attention with the men around them.
> >>
> >>     Then I see the stupid puerile misogynistic
> manner with which some of the
> >>     more powerful voices in the tech community -
> some of them repeat
> >>     offenders - treat women, and it makes me very
> cross indeed. The
> >>     objectification of women is bad enough when
> it's done by the media, but
> >>     when it's done by a conference organiser
> or tech commentator or famous
> >>     tech publication, what message does it send?
> Nothing but "You will never
> >>     be taken seriously, but we might take notice
> of you if you're hot."
> >>
> >>     But what to do? Well, let's pull back from
> the anger a little, and start
> >>     to look instead at why it might be that women
> feel less secure in their
> >>     abilities than most men, and what might help
> change that. Undoubtedly
> >>     it's a complex issue, but recent research
> may shed some light:
> >>     Psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that
> women need to see female
> >>     role models more than men need to see male
> ones.
> >>
> >>     more...
> >>    
> http://findingada.com/blog/2009/01/05/ada-lovelace-day/
> >>    
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