CfP: HACK.Fem.EAST. Women and technology in networks (Exhibition), May-June 2008, Berlin

Hallo everybody, We are organizing an exhibition project at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, sponsored by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with support from the Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa). The exhibition is opening on Firday, 9 May 2008 and is going on till 22 June.

Exhibition’s topic is HACK.Fem.EAST – Women and technology in networks in the Eastern countries. We would like to involve women from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rumenia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Latvia and the other Baltic countries to present their work.

You can find the project’s description above: main topics are media, art and hacking. Central idea is to involve artists to develop independetely their concept in one of the 14 rooms of the Kunstraum Bethanien and be part of the network formed by the all groups and arsists/activists. We have already contacted some people, but we are still looking for interesting projects to add in the exhibition.

Please, let us know if you are interested! Best, Tatiana Bazzichelli and Gaia Novati

Tatiana Bazzichelli:
Gaia Novati:

Women and technology in networks.

Exhibition, workshops, conference. A project curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Gaia Novati.
9 May – 22 June 2008, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Berlin Sponsored by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with support from the Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).

The exhibition project in Berlin, HACK.Fem.EAST, seeks to present experimental and artistic practices of artists and activists working in digital networks in Eastern Europe.

The focus of the exhibition is on presenting a use of media located somewhere between hacking, art and activism which is driven forward by an international counterculture and avant-garde: the main protagonists are women or projects in which women play an important role.

The aim of the project is to provide and to develop a network platform. This will be achieved through five elements: the exhibition, the workshops (Free Space), a conference, a publication in newspaper format, and a website bringing the aspects of the project together.

Existing networks from 11 countries are at the heart of the project and form the basis of the exhibition. A total of 11 networks will be invited to the various rooms of the Kunstraumes Kreuzberg/Bethanien to introduce their work, their strategies and their aims in the form of installations, documentations and presentations. The result is a „network of networks“, visualized in the form of video screenings, installations, computer presentations and documents.

The activists will be offering a weekly workshop (Free Space) throughout the duration of the exhibition. The workshops will be based on the respective resentations in the exhibition as well as on and aims and activities that have been developed further in the context of the project.

A conference held at the outset of the project is intended to bring the lines and networks together and discuss on women perspective in the Eastern cultural scenario. Its aim is to provide a forum for a form of politics based on radical invention – media and internet art projects, performances, network platforms, software development, artistic coding, organisation of media festivals, etc. As part of the publicity for the exhibition, a Berlin daily newspaper (taz) will be publishing a so-called NGO-supplement in an edition of 30.000 copies to coincide with the opening. It will include articles that provide an introduction to the subject and give details regarding the programme.

An integral component of the project is of course the website, with an up-to-date and open presentation of the project’s processes and developments, summarizing them and putting them up for discussion.

Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien website


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