• 00:01 From cyberfemism to technofeminism
  • 05:05 Self-institution and the question of women and technology
  • 15:02 Innen: interactive television games
  • 19:10 The era of Net Art
  • 21:02 Many women involved in the Net Art scene
  • 22:07 1997: OBN (Old Boys Network)
  • 31:35 "100 Anti-Theses of Cyberfeminism", 1997
  • 35:02 "Female Extension" (1999) and net.art generator (1999)
  • 42:52 The secret winner of a Net Art competition: hacking the museum
  • 45:26 "The anonymous-warhol-flowers": aesthetics, philosophy and copyright
  • 52:00 A dry reading of legal expertise and asking for permission
  • 55:02 Creating commons. The role of art
  • 60:37 Techno-feminism
  • 65:42 Purple Noise
  • 72:32 It's time for self-care: our bodies, our conditions
  • 80:40 Breathing data
  • 88:57 Measuring the impact of breathing techniques in my body
  • 90:53 Writing
  • 93:53 Negotiating borders
  • 97:52 Performing ambiguous data
25/10/2023 99' 39''
Cornelia Sollfrank in a #purplenoise demo. Photo: Christiane Koesler, courtesy #purplenoise, 2018

Since the 1990s, artist, researcher and essayist Cornelia Sollfrank has developed a practice based on digital media and networks, which quickly found its place among early expressions of net.art, hacking and cyberfeminism. Through her solo works and collaborative projects—such as Frauen und Technik, Innen, Old Boys Network and #purplenoise—, Cornelia Sollfrank has pushed the boundaries of notions of identity, authorship and the commons in the digital sphere, as well as generating spaces for non-hierarchical, distributed knowledge sharing that give rise to experimental ways of imagining the role of art.

In this podcast, we talk to Cornelia Sollfrank about art, technology and gender, and about performance, bodies and networks. We go back to the very early days with collective projects such as Frauen und Technik and OBN—groundbreaking experiences in which the screen opened up to make way for this other enormous, virtual space to be inhabited. A wealth of practices, projects and experiences—which she now refers to as techno-feminism—in a career that has led her to explore the commons, organizational aesthetics, and the role of the law and of copyright in defining (or not defining) where an original work of art begins and ends in the digital realm. In a recent, post-pandemic plot twist, Cornelia raises new questions, focusing her interest on the body and interdependence, through a dialogue with data and the basic act of breathing.     

This podcast is part of New Perspectives for Action. A project by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the European Union. Co-produced by Disruption Network Lab

Conversation: Anna Ramos. Script and sound production: Verónica Lahitte. Post-producción: Roc Jiménez de Cisneros. Voice over: Javiera Cadiz. Breathing choir: Grupo de trabajo de RWM

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