EXHIBITION

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© Morehshin Allahyari

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; arithmetic was considered a female activity.

In the last 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 even decreasing since 1990? And how does society deal with the fact that women are marginalized as creators of technological developments?

The HMKV exhibition adresses these questions and gathers artistic positions that negotiate the relationship between gender and technology in past and present.

The curators Inke Arns (HMKV) and Marie Lechner (La Gaîté Lyrique) present not only central positions such as cyberfeminism but also new techno-feminist collectives and the feminist hacker culture that has emerged in recent years. 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, develop participatory ways of working and designing utopian technologies and prototypes.

Among the artists participaiting in the exhibition are Chinese artist and programmer Yinan Song, who has developed an operating system that protects privacy while browsing the internet; Australian artist Lauren Moffatt, who works with immersive technologies and reflects practices of appropriation and sampling in her work, the code-poet Mez Breeze or the artist and professor Stephanie Dinkins, who deals with Artificial Intelligence in the context of gender, racism and aging.
After its visit to Dortmund, the exhibition moves to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, where it is extended by performative formats. There will be film screenings, artist talks and experimental workshops at both locations.

Curators: Inke Arns, Marie Lechner

Artists: Morehshin Allahyari (IR/US), Black Quantum Futurism (US), Hyphen-Labs (US), Kapwani Kiwanga (FR/CA), Tabita Rezaire (FR/ZA), Erica Scourti (UK/GR), Cornelia Sollfrank, Suzanne Treister (UK), VNS Matrix (AU), Pinar Yoldas (TR/US) et. al.

An exhibition of the 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.

EVENTS

Tomorrow, 2/22/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 2/25/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 2/25/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 3/1/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/4/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/4/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 3/8/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/11/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/11/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 3/15/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/18/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/18/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 3/22/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/25/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 3/25/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 3/29/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Fri, 3/30/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 4/1/2018
Public Guided Tour “The Storming of the Winter Palace” + “The Border”
15:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 4/1/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Mon, 4/2/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 4/5/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 4/8/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 4/12/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U



Sat, 4/14/2018
Guided Tour with the Curators „AFRO-TECH“
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Sun, 4/15/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
16:00 | Dortmunder U



Thu, 4/19/2018
Public Guided Tour “Afro-Tech”
18:00 | Dortmunder U