Informal event to launch the Sonic Cyberfeminisms Zine
In recent years, the relationship between sound, gender and technology has gained increasing attention. There have been a number of artist networks, archives and educational initiatives established in the hope of tackling the gendered exclusions from and disparities within the technocentric fields of electronic music, audio production and sound arts.
Like feminism itself, these projects have had multiple, sometimes conflicting aims, agendas and ambitions. Many have focused on women’s absence in musical cultures and have sought to increase the representation of women artists. Others have sought to empower women through educational initiatives. But what does it mean to be a ‘women musician, artist or sound artist?’ Are attempts at inclusion enough? Who is ‘being educated’ and why? What assumptions are being made about what and who counts?
Sonic Cyberfeminisms is an ongoing project that explores the relationship between gender, feminism, sound and technology. The project began in February 2014, with a panel discussion at CTM Festival, Berlin, organized by Annie Goh featuring Sadie Plant, Fender Schrade, Marie Thompson and Susanne Kirchmayr. Since then, Annie and Marie have held a series of events, reading groups and discussions. So far these have taken the form of an online reading group; a panel discussion at Goldsmiths, University of London; a symposium at the University of Lincoln featuring workshops, performances and papers; and a reading group at the ICA London. In September 2018, a number of participants from the project took part in a Sonic Cyberfeminisms residency at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.
The Sonic Cyberfeminisms zine as well as an hour-long podcast were produced at the residency at Wysing Arts Centre. Participants of the residency were: Robin Buckley, Annie Goh, Marlo De Lara, Jane Frances Dunlop, Natalie Hyacinth, Miranda Iossifidis, Louise Lawlor, Frances Morgan, Shanti Suki Osman and Marie Thompson.
There will be brief introductions to the Sonic Cyberfeminisms project by Marie Thompson and Annie Goh. Althea Greenan will say a few words about the Women's Art Library. We will be screening a short poem video by Anuka Ramischwili-Schafer entitled "corridors, highways" followed by a brief discussion with the artist about their work. Refreshments will be served.
This event has been kindly funded by the CHASE Feminist Network Small Grants Fund.
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