From the latest sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein to issues surrounding divisions of labour, the process of gender equality is somehow, still failing us. By using new technologies many of these problems are brought to light — a phenomenon that can push social injustices into cultural visibility. Ironically, technology is advancing and improving at a much faster pace than our attitudes towards equality.
Exploring this topic is a new exhibition at the ICA this month, Post-Cyber Feminist International, proposing methods for how feminist and activists can impact the future of technologies and force change. “Issues and ideas addressed include reproductive justice, media use by black women and the gender non-conforming, practices of biohacking, intersectional approaches to sonic cyberfeminism, #glitch feminism and sexism in the tech industry.”
'Glitch Feminism embraces the causality of 'error' and turns the gloomy implication of ‘glitch’ on its ear by acknowledging that an error in a social system disturbed by economic, racial, social, sexual, cultural stratification, and the imperialist wrecking-ball of globalization—processes that continue to enact violence on all bodies—may not be ‘error’ at all, but rather a much-needed erratum. The glitch posits: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a body.” The digital is a vessel through which our glitch ‘becoming’ realises itself, and through which we can reprogramme binary gender coding. Our ‘glitch’ is a correction to the machine—f**k hegemonic coding! USURP THE BODY—BECOME YOUR AVATAR!' From #GlitchFeminism by @ellerustle 'Glitch Shorts' is curated by @ellerustle as part of an evening resistance in celebration of radical sound, bodies and nightlife, brought to you AFK by #GlitchFeminism. Taking place 17 Nov, 6.30pm at the ICA as part of 'Post-Cyber Feminist International'.
Artists featured in the exhibit propose new ideas for social relations. Evaluating how we’re now living in a time well beyond the imagination of first wave feminists. The fields of philosophy, art, performance, politics and gender theory bring together a five-day fusion of thinkers that demonstrate how techno-feminism has unfolded over the past two decades. By looking at the past, perhaps we can understand just how feminist practices could impact technology in the future.
Post-Cyber Feminist International at the ICA will show 15 Nov 2017 – 19 Nov 2017, find out more here.