Cover of CyberFeminism Index. Courtesy Mindy Seu.
Cyberfeminism Index is published by Inventory Press and is available for preorder.
On November 14 at 7 p.m., Rhizome will host the book launch for designer and editor Mindy Seu’s Cyberfeminism Index in the New Museum Theater. The event will feature a performative reading led by Seu followed by a conversation with contributing artists Prema Murthy, Tega Brain, and E. Jane, with McKenzie Wark as respondent.
Supported by the Rhizome Commissions program, Cyberfeminism Index launched in 2020 as a website collection of projects in a wide range of modes and media relating expansively to the productively complicated portmanteau from which the project draws its name. The website was conceptualized and facilitated by Seu, developed by Angeline Meitzler, with frontend support from Janine Rosen, and PDF support from Charles Broskoski. Welcoming submissions from the public, the always-incomplete project grew to include links, descriptions, and images that cumulatively represents a history of experimentation with and critical thought on “how humans might reconstruct themselves by way of technology” (Cyberfeminism Index). Working with publishers Inventory Press and designer Laura Coombs, Seu has now transcribed the web project with a selection of over 700 short entries, including excerpts from academic texts; descriptions of hackerspaces, digital rights activist groups, and bio-hacktivism; and imagery of feminist net art and new media art. Advance copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
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Mindy Seu is a designer and technologist based in New York City. Her expanded practice involves archival projects, techno-critical writing, performative lectures, design commissions, sharing—typically in the form of lists and spreadsheets—and close collaborations. Her latest writing surveys historical precursors of the metaverse and reveals the materiality of the internet. Mindy’s ongoing Cyberfeminism Index website, which gathers three decades of online activism and net art, was commissioned by Rhizome and presented at the New Museum in its online form, and its print form is a recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant. She has lectured internationally at cultural institutions (Barbican Centre, New Museum), academic institutions (Columbia University, Central Saint Martins), and mainstream platforms (Pornhub, SSENSE, Google), among many others, and has been a resident at MacDowell, Sitterwerk Foundation, Pioneer Works, and Internet Archive. Mindy holds an M.Des. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a B.A. in Design Media Arts from University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Assistant Professor at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and Critic at Yale School of Art.
Tega Brain is an Australian born artist and environmental engineer whose work examines issues of ecology, data systems and infrastructure. She has created wireless networks that respond to natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating fitness data, and an online smell-based dating service. Her work has been shown widely including in the Vienna Biennale for Change and the Guangzhou Triennial. Her first book, Code as Creative Medium, was co authored with Golan Levin and published in 2021 with MIT Press.
E. Jane is an interdisciplinary artist and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by Black liberation and womanist praxis, their work incorporates digital images, video, text, performance, sculpture, installation, and sound design.
Prema Murthy is an American artist based in New York. Her work includes painting, video, digital media and installation. Employing line, form, geometry and algorithmic processes, she examines the intersection of embodiment and abstraction. She holds a BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from University of Texas, Austin and an MFA from Goldsmith’s College, London.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard, 2004), Philosophy for Spiders: On the Low Theory of Kathy Acker (Duke, 2021), and Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotext(e), 2020), among other things. She currently teaches at Eugene Lang College in New York City.
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