The intersection between the digital and the artistic has received a lot of attention in recent years. Many have heard expressions like AI, crypto, NFTs and blockchain but what do they mean and what relationship do they have to contemporary art? Much of what has been presented in the media as digital art has left us both curious and confused.
What is the human relationship with technology and digitisation in an age when they seem to be completely fused? Can the differences between life, art and technology be discerned? How do professional contemporary artists work with ever new digital possibilities?
For Continuous Shift, the art gallery invites six arists whiose work enable active encounters between art and technology and raise awareness for this relatively niche genre. Through physical and visual experiences that activate multiple senses, visitors can experience the digital art world in our space. In the Kristianstad Art Gallery’s premises, unique spaces will emerge that demand our attention.
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.
WETWARE showcases nine artists to celebrate and support their work and the upcoming publication CYBERFEMINISM INDEX. The curator Mindy Seu presents seminal cyberfeminist artworks as NFTs in collaboration with the New Museum and Feral File. Artists include: Cornelia Sollfrank, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Linda Dement, Mary Maggic, Morehshin Allahyari, Prema Murthy, Shu Lea Cheang, Skawennati, and VNS Matrix.
The Art of Getting Organized. A Different Approach to Old Boys Network.
Cornelia Sollfrank / 2021
This text explores the dynamics underlying the Old Boys Network as an hybrid form of political self-organization. Shapeshifting between a network, a group, a temporary collective, a structure, an infrastructure or a dust cloud, OBN remained elusive while building on affective involvement and activation as a their micropolitical strategy.
Interview zur Transmediale 2019, veröffentlicht in der taz am 31.1.2019. Cornelia Sollfrank war in den Neunzigern Mitgründerin des Cyberfeminismus. Den Begriff findet sie heute nicht mehr passen. Ein Gespräch über Utopien und die Macht sozialer Medien von Marlene Halser.
Old Boys Network was the first international cyberfeminist alliance. OBN was launched at documenta x as part of the Hybrid Workspace where it held the 1st Cyberfeminist International in September 1997. In the following five years, the network held regular international conferences, published readers and books and served as a platform for a plethora of cyberfeminist activities. An archive of OBN’s activities is currently in preparation in collaboration with documenta Archiv in Kassel.
Women Hackers is an artistic research project undertaken in 1999/2000. First part was a research on women hackers in the digital underground. The research has been summarized in a report. From there, Sollfrank developed two interventions: a Guide to Geek Girls, and the video interview with the fictitious female hacker Clara S0pht.
EXTENSION – die virtuelle Erweiterung der Hamburger Kunsthalle
19. Juni 1997, telepolis, Heise Verlag.
Auszüge aus einem Gespräch zwischen Cornelia Sollfrank und Frank Barth, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Galerie der Gegenwart, dem neuen Erweiterungsbau der Hamburger Kunsthalle. Anlässlich seiner Eröffnung am 23. Februar 1997 schrieb das Museum den ersten institutionellen Preis für Internet-Kunst aus. Sollfrank nahm dies zum Anlass, das Projekt Female Extension zu entwickeln.