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ICA hosts five-day gathering exploring post cyber feminism

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Victoria Sin

London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts is to hold Post-Cyber Feminist International a five-day-long gathering of artists to unpick the impact of technology on women and people identifying as gender non-conforming.

It is 20 years since the first Cyberfeminist International in Kassel and in those two decades, our collective relationship with technology has shifted beyond the imagination of the first wave of cyberfeminists. Nonetheless, the event, the ICA comments, “considers technology primarily as a social phenomenon, proposing new trajectories for the social relations which simultaneously constitute and constrain it.”

Post-Cyber Feminist International is organised with the help of writer Helen Hester from artist collective Laboria Cuboniks along with associate curator of talks and events Rosalie Douba. It is co-produced by Korean Cultural Centre and supported by the Goethe-Institut London. The five-day event encompasses a programme of talks, performances, workshops and screenings across philosophy, art, performance and gender theory. Among the talks will be ideas for ways in which feminist and queer practices can become inventions to alter the future of technology and science, and Post-Cyber Feminism and Generation #Clapback, which will consider the use of media by the black digital diaspora, and specifically, black women.

There will be new performances, film premieres, sound art and, on the Friday night, Legacy Russell has curated GlitchFeminism, which will include film screenings by Jenn Nkiru, Anais Duplan, E.Jane, Shawne Michaelain Holloway and performances from Victoria Sin, Ain Bailey and SCRAAATCH.

The full list of contributors involved in Post-Cyber Feminist International is Salome Asega, Ain Bailey, Siana Bangura, Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, The Church of Expanded Telepathy, Shu Lea Cheang, Joni Cohen, Laboria Cuboniks, Tamar Clarke-Brown, Anais Duplan, Akwugo Emejulu, Annie Goh, Caspar Heinemann, Helen Hester, Shawne Michaelain Holloway, Eleni Ikoniadou, E.Jane, Shira Jeczmien, Diana McCarty, Zarina Muhammed, Jenn Nkiru, Stina Puotinen, Tabita Rezaire, Legacy Russell, Res., SCRAAATCH, Victoria Sin, Francesca Sobande, Cornelia Sollfrank, Marie Thomson, Mary ‘Maggic’ Tsang, Demelza Woodbridge, Zadie Xa and Anicka Yi.

Post-Cyber Feminist International will run from 15–19 November.

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Shu Lea Cheang

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Tabita Rezaire

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Zadie Xa