Cyberfeminist legacies, technofeminist trajectories, computational practices: where are we today?

In her lecture cyberfeminist pioneer and co-founder of Old Boys Network Cornelia Sollfrank (PhD) takes a critical look back to the cyberfeminism(s) of the 1990s and describes cyberfeminism as a child of its time, including the enthusiastic and largely techno-determinist approaches that promised a “female future” – a future that, 25 years later, yet has to arrive! For the contemporary discussion of the relationship between gender and technology Sollfrank, therefore, suggests the term ‘technofeminism.’ By presenting a selection of contemporary technofeminist practices, the limits of the 1990s cyberfeminism as well as the many unrealised imaginaries render visible. At the same time, the diverse practices from the fields of art and activism have expanded into new territories. Gender politics are negotiated with reference to technology, but also combined with questions of ecology and economy, thus responding to new forms of discrimination and exploitation. The different positions around this new techno-eco-feminism understand their practice as an invitation to take up their social and aesthetic interventions, to come to terms with them, to continue, not to give up.

Sollfrank’s lecture took place during the first Lab Meeting of the project “Reconfiguring Computing Through Cyberfeminism and New Materialism” (CF+) on November 8, 2018, at ITeG, University of Kassel.

Curious? Read more here:

“Revisiting the Future. Cyberfeminism in the Twenty-First Century,” in Across & Beyond – A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts and Institutions, eds. Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing, Jussi Parikka, Elvia Wilk. Berlin, 2016, Sternberg Press (pp. 228-247). Online available at:

https://transmediale.de/content/revisiting-the-future

Die schönen Kriegerinnen. Technofeministische Praxis im 21. Jahrhundert, Cornelia Sollfrank (Hg.), transversal texts, Wien, August 2018.

ISBN 978-3-903046-16-0
225 Seiten, broschiert, 15,– €

https://transversal.at/books/die-schonen-kriegerinnen (free download of German version)

http://artwarez.org/projects/dieschoenenkriegerinnenBOOK/introduction.html (English translation of the preafce)

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