[NetBehaviour] Furtherfield in Support of Ada Lovelace Day

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Mar 23 19:07:21 CET 2009

Hi Karen,

Thanks for sharing your Ada Lovelace Day suggestions and I'm looking 
forward to reading all the other selections still to come by others on 
this list.

The Laura Lee text is fascinating in its own right, unfortunately many 
of the links on her review page referencing different aspects about Ada 
Lovelace do not work anymore, which is a shame.

It was a pleasure to re-explore Francesca da Rimini's work again. I 
especially remember VNS Matrix which Francesca da Rimini was part of, 
founded in 1991. The other members were Josephine Starrs, Julianne 
Pierce and Virginia Barratt. On wikipedia it mentions that they were the 
first to use the term 'cyberfeminism', not sure if it is true or if such 
a claim really matters, but VNS Matrix did some excellent work and not 
all of it can be seen on-line anymore. Here is a biography - 

Dollspace, which Da Rimini was also part of is still a great net art 
piece. I love its edgyness - http://dollyoko.thing.net//title.htm

wishing you well.


 > Hello everyone,
 > 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 http://www.cyberartsweb.org/cpace/body/lgl1.html
 > 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 
immaterialities. http://subsol.c3.hu/subsol_2/contributors/dariminibio.html
 > 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. http://www.low-fi.org.uk/rethinkingwargames/
 > 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 Ideas..." 
 > The Critical Art Ensemble site - http://www.critical-art.net/
 > That's it for now. will be back with more.
 > karen
 > 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 
 >     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 
 >     ====================
 >     MY NAME: Ruth Catlow
 >     URL: http://www.furtherfield.org/display_user.php?ID=14
 >     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 
 >     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/
 >     ==============================
 >     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
 >     http://findingada.com/blog/2009/01/05/ada-lovelace-day/
 >     sign a pledge to blog about inspirational women in tech on 24th 
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