Mindy Seu’s Cyberfeminism Index – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

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Mindy Seu’s Cyberfeminism Index

November 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm EDT

A photograph of a thick green book with the title "Cyberfeminism Index" by Mindy Seu.

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 7 pm ET
@ Squeaky Wheel and online
Free or suggested donation, ASL interpretation provided
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An essential publication covering dozens of years of vital media art, the recently published Cyberfeminism Index gathers over 1,000 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, bio-hacktivism; and depictions of feminist net art and new media art. Squeaky Wheel is excited to welcome designer, professor, researcher, and editor of Cyberfeminism Index Mindy Seu who will present on the project and will be joined in conversation with Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Copies of Cyberfeminism Index will be available for purchase courtesy of Burning Books. This event is presented in collaboration with Trinity Square Video.

For in-person attendees: See Squeaky Wheel’s location and accessibility info here. Please note that you cannot enter Tri-Main Center after 7:30 pm.

For online attendees: Upon check-out, you will receive an email titled “Your Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center order has been received!”. A private link will be included in that email; the event will be available at the link at the start date and time. You will have access to the event for 24 hours; Squeaky Wheel members receive 72 hour access. Not a member yet? Sign up here. Online attendees can purchase a copy of Cyberfeminism Index through our partners at Burning Books here.

Biographies of the presenters and about our partners

Mindy Seu (b. 1991, California) is a designer and technologist based in New York City. Her expanded practice involves archival projects, techno-critical writing, performative lectures, design commissions, and close collaborations. Her latest writing surveys feminist economies, historical precursors of the metaverse, and the materiality of the internet. Mindy’s ongoing Cyberfeminism Index, which gathers three decades of online activism and net art, was commissioned by Rhizome, presented at the New Museum, and awarded the Graham Foundation Grant. She has lectured internationally at cultural institutions (Barbican Centre, New Museum), academic institutions (Columbia University, Central Saint Martins), and mainstream platforms (Pornhub, SSENSE, Google), and been a resident at MacDowell, Sitterwerk Foundation, Pioneer Works, and Internet Archive. Her design commissions and consultation include projects for the Serpentine Gallery, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and MIT Media Lab. Her work has been featured in Frieze, Dazed, Gagosian Quarterly, Brooklyn Rail, i-D, and more. Mindy holds an M.Des. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a B.A. in Design Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Assistant Professor at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and Critic at Yale School of Art.

Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and an internationally recognized expert in the history of media art, including video and digital art. Her exhibitions at the AKG include 2021’s “Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art” (co-curated with Paul Vanouse and winner of the 2022 Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators) and 2022’s “Peer to Peer” (the first U.S. museum survey of artists working with blockchain technologies). Her next exhibition, “Electric Op,” will examine the six-decade history of the relationship between geometric abstraction and media art. In addition to her curatorial work, she is a regular contributor to Artforum and has written commissioned essays for many of the world’s leading museums, including The Met, Dia, and the V&A. Dr. Ryan holds five degrees in art history, including a BA from Harvard and PhD from Columbia.

Burning Books is a radical bookstore in Buffalo, NY. We opened in September of 2009 on the anniversary of the Attica prison uprising.
We focus exclusively on social justice issues and work to support individuals and movements that are struggling against oppression and domination in all its forms. We have a highly curated selection of titles dealing with activism, race, antifascism, environmentalism, colonialism, indigenisim, capitalism, feminism, queer studies, animal liberation, class, disability, and more; including books for children, middle graders, and young adults. We also carry posters, games and gift items – all following our mission of social justice and sustainability. Through our speaker series, we bring vital perspectives from authors and activists around the country to discuss paths towards positive change in our world. We are happy to be a partner of – and the main distributor for – the Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners yearly calendar, which acts as a major fundraiser for U.S. Political Prisoner support across the country. If you’d like to help ensure that the kind of radical and empowering ideas that Burning Books has fostered remain alive and kicking, please take a moment to sign up for Friends of Burning Books.

Founded in 1971, Trinity Square Video is one of Canada’s first artist-run centres and its oldest media arts centre. We are a not-for-profit, charitable organization. For 50 years, Trinity Square has been a champion of media arts practices. Our activities are guided by a goal to increase our members’ and audiences’ understanding and imagination of what media arts practices can be. Trinity Square strives to create supportive environments, encouraging artistic and curatorial experimentation that challenge medium specificity through education, production and presentation supports. As video-based practices have become increasingly present across disciplines, Trinity Square engages artists and curators in critical investigations into the changing conditions of perception, materiality and the virtual. We consider all of our artistic activities and structures through a process of critical self-reflection, continuously evaluating the ethical positioning of our programming, jury structures, inter-organizational relationships, et cetera. In addition to holding aesthetic worth in its own right, our artistic programming extends our education and production activities in order to generate new knowledges. Trinity Square’s programming is guided by three priorities: 1) promoting an expanded definition of media arts; 2) promoting the meaningful engagement of diverse voices in all levels of our operations; and 3) supporting and nurturing the production of new works by artists and curators. Our membership represents the diversity of the city and honours the original mandate of the organization—seeking to reduce barriers to access related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio- economic and physical ability.

Image description: A photograph of a thick green book with the title Cyberfeminism Index by Mindy Seu. Image courtesy of Inventory Press.


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November 2, 2023
7:00 pm– 9:00 pm EDT
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