“Wetware” at Feral File

Thursday 16th June, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

* Matrix, wow.



WETWARE: Cyberfeminism Index Benefit Sale

Announcing a new exhibition of eleven cyberfeminist works, curated by Mindy Seu.

Exhibition Opening:
June 15, 2022
14:00 UTC (7am Los Angeles, 11am São Paulo, 4pm Berlin, 10pm Shanghai)
Collecting begins one hour later

Please join us on Twitter Spaces for a series of conversations with the artists beginning June 15 at 15:00 UTC.

““Images courtesy of the artists and Feral File.

Feral File and Bitmark are pleased to announce WETWARE, featuring Cornelia Sollfrank, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Linda Dement, Mary Maggic, Morehshin Allahyari, Prema Murthy, Shu Lea Cheang, Skawennati, and VNS Matrix, on the occasion of the upcoming publication CYBERFEMINISM INDEX.

Curator Mindy Seu on the exhibition:

“Coined in the early 1990s by the British cultural theorist Sadie Plant and artist collective VNS Matrix, the word cyberfeminism takes on its prefix “cyber” — recast from Cybernetics, a 1948 book by Norbert Wiener, and “cyberspace,” from William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer — as a provocation. This cyberspace of the 1980s was stocked with and characterized by cyberbabes and fembots, a techno-utopian imaginary of the male gaze. “Cyberfeminism” prompted women and marginalized communities to imagine how a reoriented cyberspace could look. By now, three decades after its origination, cyberfeminism has shifted from a loose artistic movement exploring the emancipatory potential of cyberspace towards a collective drive to provide software, hardware, and wetware education and to get marginalized groups online. Today, with questions of technology more and more clearly ‘bound together with questions of ecology and the economy,’ as noted by Cornelia Sollfrank, the term is self-reflexive: technology is not only the subject of cyberfeminism, but its means of transmission. It’s all about feedback.”

WETWARE showcases nine artists to celebrate and support their work and the upcoming publication CYBERFEMINISM INDEX, slated for an October 2022 release with Inventory Press.