Interactive Breakout Session
Enter: “The Feminist Internet” and “How Can we All Make it to the Future?”
The feminist Internet
Despite huge progress, we still have problems when it comes to gender equality. These include the relentless commodification of women’s bodies, the dominance of males in the technology sector, the gender pay gap, the marginalisation of women from black and ethnic minorities, and prejudices expressed towards members of LGBTQ+ communities. The Feminist Internet movement is here to intervene, building an equal and just internet for all. Join this session to hear how and why you may need to become involved (even more) to shape the Internet.
How can we all make it to the future?
Offline, the Spektrum art space in Berlin is experimenting with bringing people from different backgrounds (such as artists, scientists, hackers, designers and activists) together in a community program stimulating experimentation, interdisciplinary thinking and horizontal learning. Under the principle 'do it together with others', Spektrum makes certain technologies and skills accessible to a wider audience outside of the world of institutional education through workshops, meetups, events and a small makerlab. Both the open, community-based format as well as dedicated workshop series aim to involve and empower those often underrepresented in the tech domain.
Join this session to hear how and why you may need to become involved (even more) to shape the Internet.
University of the Arts, London, UK
Dr. Charlotte Webb, is an artist, researcher and Chief Leopard of the Feminist Internet, a movement addressing gender equality, feminisms and the internet. Feminist Internet is part of UAL Futures, a University of the Arts London initiative inventing the futures of education by connecting students and industry partners, and enabling them to creatively respond to social issues they care about.
Her PhD, Noodle, Noodle, Cat: Extra-Subjective Agency in Web-based Art practice explored the complexities of artistic authorship under the production conditions of the web. She is Digital Learning Coordinator, University of the Arts London, and co-authored ‘Discovering the Post-Digital Art School’ with Professor Fred Deakin. She writes for the Huffington Post and Furtherfield Gallery.
Recent art commissions and projects include We Are All Addicts Now, a series of GIFS reflecting on social media addiction for Furtherfield Gallery and artist Katriona Beales, ‘What Happens If We Push This’ ‐ a participatory workshop for Tate Exchange exploring post-work society, and The Work We Want, a participatory project funded by The Space, exploring digital labour and the future of work.
Lieke Ploeger co-founded the independent project space SPEKTRUM | art science community in Berlin, where she works as community builder. Next to SPEKTRUM, she works as communications officer for Open Knowledge International, a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. She has been involved in various European research projects in the areas of open cultural data, open access and open science.