In this series of posts, we will be reblogging content from Rhizome's Archives, available here. This interview with Cornelia Sollfrank, conducted by Florian Cramer, comes from Rhizome's former publication, the Rhizome Digest. It was published on March 31, 2002. You can peruse old editions of the Rhizome Digest here.
Big thanks to Rhizome's curatorial fellow Natalie Saltiel for help with this post.
From: Florian Cramer (cantsin AT zedat.fu-berlin.de)
Subject: Hacking the Art OS--Interview with Cornelia Sollfrank
Keywords: net art, hacking, gender, design
[This is the English translation of the original-length German
interview. Copyleft and publication data is given at the end. -FC]
Hacking the art operating system
Cornelia Sollfrank interviewed by Florian Cramer, December 28th, 2001,
during the annual congress of the Chaos Computer Club (German Hacker's
Club) in Berlin.
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I have questions on various thematic complexes which in your work
seem to be continually referring to each other: hacking and art,
computer generated, or more specifically, generative art, cyberfeminism,
or the questions that your new work entitled 'Improvised Tele-vision'
throw up. And of course the thematic complex plagiarism and
appropriation - as well as what can be seen as an appendix to that, art
and code, code art and code aesthetics.
Surely code art and code aesthetics are more your themes than mine.
I think I should be the one asking the questions here. (laughter)
...no, this refers very specifically to statements made by you, for
example in your Telepolis interview with 0100101110111001.org, which I
found excellent because of its rather sceptical undertones. If that
really is more my area though, then by all means we can bracket it out
of the interview.
No, no. I didn't mean it like that. Quite the opposite in fact.
However that is what is so interesting and difficult about the
relationship between these complexes - and which I often find myself
arguing about. A lot of things appear to run parallel, or better put,
one invests more in one area for a particular period of time, then
returns back to something else. To keep an eye on how these various
activities link together is not easy.
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