Is Technology Sexist?
Technology, Post-humanity and the Role of Gender in the development of a new Media Practice and Education
• International Symposium, Aula (Main Building), October 11–13, 2017
Artists have largely been concerned with questions that the technology industries consider secondary: What role do women play in the development of technology, and how has technological change affected the roles of women and ideas of gender? How does technology offer possibilities for new social relations and how should we evaluate these possibilities?
A series of experts—local and international—will present and discuss the relevance of gender, race, class, and sexuality in today’s understanding of technology and the development of new technological tools. We consider the art context—and the educational context of the academy—ideal to introduce these questions to a larger audience interested in how art and culture may help neutralize an un-critical approach to media, its presence in our everyday lives, and its contribution to a more equal social future.
Media technologies are a crucial part of our future, and neither an antagonism towards nor celebration of them allows us to better understand what they are and, more importantly, how we act around them. Art has played a seminal role in discussing and contesting the politics of media. Since media, media tools, and technology are representational-based languages, it is not surprising that art and artists were among the first communities to pay attention to the new forms of gender and race relations they provide and confront us with.
The symposium is intended to introduce ideas, but also practical examples, images, works by artists, as well as best practices that address a different use of the media, as well a new user language.
The international symposium is an initiative of Chus Martínez—head of the Art Institute—with the support of the Federal Office of Culture. It consists of two public sessions moderated by Paul Feigelfeld and an internal workshop in the context of the artistic collaborative project WHO WRITES HIS_TORY?
Speakers include: Alan Bogana, Raffael Dörig, Paul Feigelfeld, Hannes Grassegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Matylda Krzykowski, Shusha Niederberger, Filipa Ramos and Emily Segal.
#Feminism!? Do Virtual Bodies Contribute to New Forms of Gender Relations?
October 11, 2017, 10am–6pm, Aula
Media technologies play a large role in creating social norms, because various forms of media—including advertisements, television, and film, but also the architectures of our technologies down to circuit design—are present almost everywhere in current culture. Gender roles, as an example, exist solely because society as a whole chooses to accept them, but they are perpetuated by the media and hardwired into the design of our technologies. Conspicuous viewers and users must be aware of what the media is presenting to them, and make sure they’re not actively participating in a culture of oppression and inequality.
10am – Welcome
10.15–10.30am – Paul Feigelfeld: Introduction
10.30–11.30am – Matylda Krzykowski: The Screen Show
11.45am–12.45pm – Hannes Grassegger: The Algorithmic Lie. Why tech guys find machines very sexy
1–2 pm – LUNCH BREAK
2.15pm–3.15pm – Emily Segal: The Rubens Engine
3.30–4.30pm – Shusha Niederberger: What do we mean with technology? A short introduction into feminist thinking about technology, astonishing practices and the technological performance of being female
5–6.30pm – Alan Bogana: Artist Talk
Misandry Online, And How We Can Contest It
October 12, 2017, 10am–4pm, Aula
This session will revolve around the lack of diversity and presence of misogyny in tech-culture, the myth of meritocracy, and the growing belief in “misandry” online.
10am – Paul Feigelfeld: Introduction and recap day one
10.15–11.15am – Filipa Ramos: The Company one keeps—laptops, lapdogs, lapdances
11.30am–12.30pm – Raffael Dörig: Escaping the Digital Unease
12.45–1.15pm – LUNCH BREAK
1.30–2.30pm – Mavie Hörbiger & Paul Feigelfeld: I‘m not here right now. The Manning-Lamo-Chatlogs Reading
3–4pm – Final Discussion and conclusion
Workshop WHO WRITES HIS_TORY? with Daniela Brugger, Katharina Brandl, Nicole Boillat and Lysann König
October 13, 2017, 10am–4pm, Media Library, for students of the Art Institute only
Please bring a laptop with you!
Who writes his_tory? is a collaborative project to question structural discrimination on the internet and especially on Wikipedia, with the aim to hold recurrent writing workshops (Edit-a-thons) on the subject of Art and Feminsm to influence information sustainably, to question historiography and add a feminist perspective to it. Wikipedia is a prominent tool to generate and consolidate knowledge and online research is a basic instrument of artistic work and a daily practice. But the relevant contemporary question is how knowledge and information is spread and how it is funded? Edit-a-thons with the subject Art and Feminsm are held worldwide on all continents and took place for the first time in Basel 5th and 6th March 2016. Prior to the workshop, art historians and artists were invited to take part. It was a public event and everybody could participate. The framework initiative Art+Feminism is active since 2014. In Basel it was initialised for the first time by Daniela Brugger and the Art and Project Space Kaskadenkondensator in 2016. Who writes his_tory? is an open source project in cooperation with Wikimedia & www.artandfeminism.org, artists and supporters www.whowriteshistory.me