[NetBehaviour] Furtherfield in Support of Ada Lovelace Day
karen.blissett at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 23 12:58:29 CET 2009
I must say, I am quite excited about this opportunity to promote those women
who have inspired me, changed the world in their own special ways 'bringing
women in technology to the fore' is a great idea. Also, it could not of come
at a better time, in light of all the nasty things happening in the world.
Anyway - I am sticking to Ruth's example/format, it seems easier. Especially
if the furtherfield crew are going to compile all of this stuff.
MY NAME: Karen Blissett.
Sadie Plant - I love her work, especially 'Zeros + Ones, Digital Women + The
New Technoculture'. "Sadie Plant introduces Ada Lovelace as a woman whose
awareness of peripheries, of indices, headings, prefaces, etc. gave her a
new way of perceiving reality. In her footnoted, non-fictional texts, these
peripheral details were crucial in contextualizing the texts in historical
and social reality." Laura Lee. Laura's review on the book
Francesca da Rimini - I have always enjoyed Francesca's net art work as well
as her other works/collaborations to do with networked culture. Francesca da
Rimini, aka GashGirl, (Adelaide/Rome) has been working in the field of new
media since 1984 as an arts manager, curator, corporate geisha girl,
cyberfeminist, puppet mistress and ghost. One of the original members of VNS
Matrix, the Australian cyberfeminism group formed in 1991. Worked in New
York on a project in collaboration with Michael Grimm, snafu and Ricardo
Dominguez, los dias y las noches del muertos, and with Ricardo Dominguez on
hauntings. Squandered hours investigating the artistic and erotic potential
of negotiated email relationships, online virtual communities and web-based
narrative architectures that have been reverse engineered into multiple
Ruth Catlow - I know, but she's cool. And has been incredible in supporting
other emerging artists as well as maintaining in still making interesting
and challenging artwork with technology. One project springs to mind -
'Rethinking Wargames', a participative net art project instigated by Ruth
Catlow of which calls for 'pawns to join forces to defend world peace'. It
uses the game of chess to find strategies that challenge existing power
structures and their concomitant war machineries.
Hope Kurtz (1959–2004) - Such a talent . I remember seeing Hope perform in
Amsterdam in 95 or 96, at the Next Five Minutes Conference - I was
mesmerized by her articulation and excellent performance presence, and
imaginitive intelligence. Hope "worked behind the scenes of the CAE
collective by contributing to the conceptual basis for their work. It is
through her brilliant editing that their work articulates challenging
concepts to a multifarious audience—many of whom might not otherwise come
into contact with such radical thought. The Ensemble collectively authored
several books including Electronic Civil Disobedience and other unpopular
The Critical Art Ensemble site - http://www.critical-art.net/
That's it for now. will be back with more.
On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM, Ruth Catlow
<ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>wrote:
> Hi Netbehaviourists,
> In support of Ada Lovelace Day (highlighted by Marc and discussed a
> couple of weeks back) we are inviting all women who work in media arts
> and net art, who are not already subscribed, to join the NetBehaviour
> email list for a week between 23rd and 30th March.
> We are asking them to squat the list for a week (of course we hope
> they'll stick around for longer:) and tell us about their work and that
> of other women who have inspired them in their own practice.
> This is not a separatist excercise; we want to hear from all of you so
> don't hold back.
> Posts are welcome in any length, format and frequency and we are not
> worrying about repeats or gaps. The following is offered as an example.
> MY NAME: Ruth Catlow
> URL: http://www.furtherfield.org/display_user.php?ID=14
> INSPIRED BY:
> 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.
> Auriea 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
> 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
> At the end of the week we will collate all of the posts in the thread
> and feature them on Furtherfield.org.
> With all best wishes from
> Ruth and the Furtherfield crew
> *Ada Lovelace Day -bringing women in technology to the fore
> sign a pledge to blog about inspirational women in tech on 24th March.
> Furtherfield.org http://furtherfield.org
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