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Computer Grrrls

Dortmunder U | Ebene 3 | 10/26/2018 - 02/03/2019

Before the word "computer" described a machine, it referred to a profession that, at the beginning of the 20th century, was primarily practiced by women; to calculate was considered a female activity.

In recent years, historians have described this development and made biographies of important female programmers such as the "Eniac Girls" public knowledge. But what are the reasons that computer science turned into such a masculine field of activity? Why is the number of professional female computer scientists decreasing since the end of the 1960s and even more since the advent of the microcomputer in 1985? And how does society deal with the fact that women are marginalized as creators of technological developments?

The exhibition Computer Grrrls addresses these questions and brings together artistic positions that negotiate the relationship between gender and technology in past and present.

Computer Grrrls deals with the complex relationship between women and technology from the first human computers to the current revival of cyber-feminist movements. The exhibition gathers contemporary works of young artists adressing this unrecognized story and challenging the hegemonic imaginaries around technologies today. Invited are artists, hackers and theoreticians who are working on how to think differently about technology: By questioning the gender trends in big data and Artificial Intelligence, promoting an open and diversified Internet, developing participatory ways of working and designing utopian technologies and prototypes.

After Dortmund, the exhibition moves to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris in the spring of 2019, where it is extended by performative formats. There will be film screenings, artist talks and experimental workshops at both locations.

Curators: Inke Arns (HMKV), Marie Lechner (La Gaîté Lyrique)

Artists: tba

An exhibition by HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in cooperation with La Gâité Lyrique, Paris. Funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Funder HMKV: Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity.


Tomorrow, 4/21/2018
Guided Tour with the Curators „AFRO-TECH“
16:00 | Dortmunder U

Sun, 4/22/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U