Computer Grrrls – History, Gender, Technology
La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
14 March – 14 July 2019
The exhibition “Computer Grrrls” is the result of collaboration between La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, and the HKMV – Hartware Medien Kunst Verein (Hardware Media Art Association), Dortmund, where it was shown from October 2018 to February 2019. More than 20 international positions from art, research and the hacker and maker scene open up critical discourse on the complex relationship between women and technologies of the past, present and future. Until 14 July 2019, the exhibition invites visitors to abandon their preconceptions and expectations and let themselves be carried away by the techno-feminist movement before it moves on to the MU Artspace in Eindhoven.
In its boundless breadth and depth, the World Wide Web harbours possibilities that often far exceed those of our real-world. The apparent anonymity and free access to a wide range of different information and materials makes the internet particularly interesting for artistic discussions. And it isn't just an artistically valuable resource, it also has political and social significance as a far-reaching platform. In particular, feminist organisations and collectives committed to gender diversity and the dissolution of traditional stereotypes are becoming more and more aware of how to use technology for their own purposes. Exhibits at Computer Grrrls include three-dimensional objects, video installations and virtual realities that think along new lines – not just lines of code - thereby generating digital alternatives for the future, which could promote greater diversity and equality. Reactions to virtual phenomena such as digital surveillance or electronic colonialism and proposals for action to strengthen minorities and prevent discrimination are all part of the digital world. All works are presented against a historical background of the female relationship to technology, from the 18th century to the present day.
The “Loud & Proud 2019 - Festival des Cultures queer” will also be taking place from 4 to 7 July, with a range of political, feminist and integrative workshops, discussions and demonstrations on the subject of gender variance, diversity and social understanding.