Unmasking Power as Art: Sharing Tactics & Practice
Berlin / 24 June 2023
Panel discussion with Mike Bonanno & Jeff Walburn / The Yes Men (Artists & Activists, US), Cornelia Sollfrank (Artist, DE). Moderated by Klara Hobza (Visual Artist, CZ/DE) within the framework of Disruption Network Lab conference.
Cornelia Sollfrank and Felix Stalder, artist researchers who currently work together at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), will explore digital abstractions and material embodiments as two mutually constitutive dimensions of reality that frame each other in incomplete and non-deterministic ways.
Book launch of Cyberfeminism Index together with Mindy Seu (New York). In Cyberfeminism Index (cyberfeminismindex.com/), hackers, scholars, artists, and activists of all regions, races and sexual orientations consider how humans might reconstruct themselves by way of technology. Edited by designer and researcher Mindy Seu, Cyberfeminism Index includes more than 700 short entries of radical techno-critical activism in a variety of media, including excerpts from academic articles and scholarly texts; descriptions of hackerspaces, digital rights activist groups, and bio-hacktivism; and depictions of feminist net art and new media art.
Panel discussion as part of the conference „Arbeit an den Strukturen – Praxisbasierte Forschung in documenta- und Ausstellungsstudien“ (Working on structures – practice-based research in documenta and exhibition studies). The panel addressed the combination of institutional and artistic archiving practices as a way of maintaining temporary, ephemeral, project-based and collective practices by the example of the Old Boys Network. Participants: Dušan Barok, Birgitta Coers and Cornelia Sollfrank. Moderation: Malin Kuht.
Panel discussion as part of the conference „The Whole Life. Archives & Imaginaries“ at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. .....
Despite the apparent newness of digital cultures, digital databases rely on historical remains – traces of bodies, affects and people’s labors. Encountering such remains in the digital open commons presents numerous challenges. For one, the archives of these traces often carry scenes of historical weight, entangled with racialized and gendered power structures. At the same time, using machinic methods to encounter the afterlife of these histories risks reproducing the vulnerability of archival subjects. How can careful and critical encounters with such archives be imagined? How may they negotiate the tensions between visibility and opacity? And how does care for the open commons look or feel like? With Daniela Agostinho, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Temi Odumosu, Cornelia Sollfrank. Concept and moderation: Daniela Agostinho, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup.