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Feminist Art Needs Communication*

Tue Sep 09, 2014 00:00

Montreal, Canada

The HTMlles Festival is seeking Interns and Volunteers

Are you interested in communications and public relations? Would you like to meet artists in media arts, digital arts and contemporary art? Do you want to get more involved in local artist-run culture? Join us as an intern and learn how to develop, produce, and promote an arts festival. Or join us as a volunteer and share your seasoned expertise and experience with the festival team!

The various internships allow for the development of skills and interests in the areas of communications, public relations, and social media, providing hands-on work experience in the arts and culture milieu. In addition, internships can be done in exchange for academic credit within a related degree or field, and candidates are offered letters of recommendation.

For volunteers, we are looking for people with varying experience who are interested in dedicating some time and energy to festival communications. People with knowledge of local arts and culture networks and who have experience in public relations are particularly welcome.

All interns and volunteers will have full access to all festival events, including performances, workshops, and opening and closing parties, as well as receiving a one-year membership at Studio XX. Candidates outside of Montreal are welcome, however we cannot offer travel assistance or accommodation.

Description of The HTMlles festival:
Founded 17 years ago by the artist center Studio XX, The HTMlles is an international platform dedicated to the presentation of women's, trans and gender non-conforming artists' independent media artworks from all facets of contemporary technological creation. The festival occupies the singular position of being one of the only events promoting and disseminating independent media artworks with a particular emphasis on feminist approaches, concerns and engagements.

Information and Website : www.htmlles.net

*If you want to get involved in other ways, get in touch! Let us know what your skills and interests are, and we'll find a way for you to plug in. Also keep a look out for a general call for volunteers in September.

Positions and Related Tasks:
We are looking for passionate people who are interested in working in communications, specifically:

Are you an arts writer, interested in writing regular blog posts during the festival? Our festival bloggers will cover festival programming in French and/or in English, with some English content shared in collaboration with Shameless magazine (http://shamelessmag.com), an independent Canadian feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth.

Social Media:
Are you familiar with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media, and want to learn to promote a festival online? Exercise your creativity and expand your portfolio by writing, producing and distributing content for our online platforms, blog or website.

Public Relations:
Do you love covering cultural events and researching media partnerships? Come join our communications team, where you'll meet artists, schedule interviews and press, and aid in the development of public and media relations for the festival.

Journalism / XX Files:
During the festival, Studio XX's radio show The XX Files will be covering festival events. Beginning in the fall, artist and radio host Valérie d. Walker will be offering training to interested participants, teaching you how to interview artists, record events, and edit content for radio broadcast on The XX Files show. The trainings will begin in September and October.

● Understanding of Studio XX and The HTMlles mandates
● Dynamic, resourceful, and great interpersonal skills
● Strong organizational skills a requirement
● Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
● Bilingualism (French and English) an asset
● Ability to work well independently and in a team
● Interest in the arts necessary (feminist and/or media arts analysis and practice an asset)
Additional Information:
● Location: 4001 Berri, 2nd floor, Montreal
● Schedule: to be defined with the candidate (according to credit validation needs if applicable)
● Duration: between September 10th and November 20th, 2014, with the possibility to adapt the dates with the candidate. Hours of work per week may be variable.

Join us!
Email before September 9th, 2014, to Isabelle Guichard, communications@htmlles.net.

Please include the following elements:
Interns: CV, cover letter, and hours of availability, as well as examples of work (blog, texts, etc.), if available. Please send all documents in an email with the title ‘Intern' in the subject line.
Volunteers: An informal cover letter describing your interests and past relevant experience, hours of availability, as well as examples of work (blog, texts, etc.), if available. Please send this information, in an email with the title ‘Volunteer' in the subject line.


From Zero to Future (and all in-between)

Wed Aug 06, 2014 19:00 - Wed Aug 06, 2014

Montreal, Canada

From Zero to Future (and all in-between)
Curator: kimura byol
Presented by Qouleur in collaboration with The HTMlles 11 festival’s Notopian Film Nights / « Pas de futur, pas de problème » and et GIV (Groupe Intervention Vidéo)

Combining the Qouleur 2014 theme of “Legacy” and The HTMlles 11 theme of “Zero Future”, this program (re)introduces videos by 2QTPOC artists, made or distributed in Canada, that reveal reality and dreams from a 2QTPOC perspective for over a decade (from 1999 to 2012).

The program includes videos of different styles -- performance, fiction, documentary and experimental works -- questioning the intersection of identity, gender and culture. This screening, followed by a discussion, is a meeting point to bring together a varied public (friends, community, new acquaintances) to celebrate diversity, identity and especially art & creativity!

special thanks to Studio XX, GIV, Marie-Chantal Scholl, Alan Wong



Call .dpi issue 28 (Fall 2013)

Fri Sep 13, 2013 00:50


Themed Section: Gender(ed) Cultures on the Internet
Guest Editor: Jennifer Chan

On the internet, like-minded users find communities of interest based on mobilizing conversations around feminism and masculinism alike. Donna Haraway and Coco Fusco suggest that the early internet may have precipitated emancipatory potentials for the performance of gender, as receding boundaries between bodies and machines would allow for historically invisibilized and marginal gender subjectivities to be heard. Conversely, the imbalanced history of representational structures upheld by museum and academic art institutions run up against these optimistic intentions on the internet. In light of a vast majority of Wikipedia editors http://www.dailydot.com/society/wikipedia-gender-gap-sarah-stierch/ identifying as male and recurring uproars over representation disparity in video games http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/jul/31/videogames-gender-balance/ and net art http://artfcity.com/2012/04/17/enough-with-the-dude-centric-net-art-shows/, the gaps in representation of women and queer people in technology and new media art remain unexplained and unresolved. On one hand, the complex, intertwined relationship between social discourse and representations of gender online could be examined, since rigid ideals of masculinity and femininity are still dominant in online communities like OKCupid http://www.okcupid.com/ et AskMen http://www.askmen.com/ and MPUA (pickup artists) forums http://www.pick-up-artist-forum.com/. On the other, artistic practice that co-opts and/or questions these definitions may open doors for new ways of understanding the social construction of gender.

While Cyberfeminist collectives of the 90s sought to specifically infiltrate the male-dominated arena of net.art, feminist networked practices are pluralist today. Early artistic users such as Netochka Nezvanova http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/artist/nezvanova/biography/ and the late LaTurbo Avedon exploit the apparent anonymity of networks to project unstable personas and interests. Nowadays, online feminist critique reflects gendered realities and aspirations of users, ranging from subversive pop cultural remix http://www.popculturepirate.com/ to latent commentary in image aggregation http://womenasobjects.tumblr.com/ on tumblrs. Elsewhere on the internet, honest writing by bloggers and writers such as Karley Sciortino (Slutever http://www.slutever.com/) et Marie Calloway http://mariecalloway.tumblr.com/ have invoked blogosphere uproar over the “correct” artistic self-representation of female sexuality. Ultimately, binary notions of gender (masculinity and femininity) as an acculturated performance of imitating socialized ideals manifests in technology, and is also a product of technology. Yet these conventions are rendered unstable by user deliberation of such representations within the informal space of the web (1). What kinds of practices and representations are currently important to women and queer people? What conversations reflect the realities of gender distribution in art on the internet? What would a truly postgender online environment look like? What kinds of uses of the network breach existing ideas of bodily performativity?

Submission of completed articles may include (and are not limited to):
- analyses of queer, transgender, and/or heterosexual culture online;
- networked art practices and conversations on feminism and queerness;
- descriptions of non-academic, artistic and social feminist conversations and practices facilitated by the internet;
- the gendered structure of the internet;
- feminist analyses on internet subculture;
- interviews with creatives who work within related themes;
- statements and manifestos;
- alternative histories of online feminist art practice.

Completed texts and/or projects by interested participants of all sexualities and orientations are welcomed.

(1) Jack Judith Halberstam. « Automating Gender : Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine », Feminist Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3. (Automne 1991), 440.

To Submit

.dpi is looking for submissions relevant to (or stemming from) “the Web”, including text, image, sound, video, animation, interactive works, or others, and any combination of these, produced collaboratively or individually. Types of submissions include (but are not limited to) short essays, criticism, interviews, case studies, reviews, reports, creative works (or extracts), and other imaginative responses. The editorial committee encourages the submission of non-academic contributions (or that go beyond the academic style). Text length can vary between 500 and 1500 words (maximum), depending on the form and the media used.

Please send your submission (along with relevant images, videos, hyperlinks, etc.), a short biography (100 words) per person involved, an abstract (100 words), as well as 2 to 5 keywords, by Friday, 13 September 2013 to: revuedpi(at)gmail.com

An honorarium is offered depending on the length and complexity of the contribution. The authors and artists are responsible for all copyright related to the submitted content.

Submissions that fall outside of the Themed Section are also welcomed and will be considered for publication in the Field Studies Section (“hors dossier”).

Based in Montreal and published online, .dpi opens a unique and bilingual space for dialogue and interdisciplinary critical reflection, research, experimentation, documentation, and positions and propositions, situated at the intersection of art, technology and feminisms. The journal is a platform where the bold, critical, engaged and curious contributor may question issues related to feminism (in all its varieties), art and digital culture.



Exhibition DOUBLE LIFE by Olga Kisseleva @ Studio XX

Thu May 09, 2013 18:00 - Thu Jun 13, 2013

Montréal, Canada

Curators Natacha Clitandre and Mariève K. Desjardins are pleased to present, in collaboration with Studio XX, the North American premiere of Double Life, a video installation by Olga Kisseleva, from May 9 to June 13, 2013. A series of activities will complement the exhibition as a means to explore some of the issues raised by the work, and several Montreal artists will also have the opportunity to contribute to the project by producing new content.

Double Life is a video installation made up of several diptypchs focusing on the various ways in which artists have to reconcile (or not) working a necessary “day job” alongside their art practice. By portraying artists in various spheres of their lives, sometimes very different and rarely viewed at the same time, Kisseleva raises questions about the contribution of the artist, and the recognition of their work in a society that values efficiency, production and profit. The artist’s stories reflect the often alienating situation that occurs when living a double life.

Opening May 9, 2013, 6-8PM, in the presence of the artist.

Russian artist Olga Kisseleva uses new technologies, photography and video to give us a statement of the world dominated by technology and behavior conditioning. The artist reflects a complex reality, offering multiple readings: both local and globalized. Her work deals with urban territory, identity and media and reveals flaws in the Western model. Directing her gaze at post-modern capitalist societies, Olga Kisseleva tries to find places reserved for intellectual and artistic activity. Founder of the Art and Science Laboratory at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Olga Kisseleva plays a pioneering role in the field of contemporary art research and reflection on emerging forms of creation. The works of Olga Kisseleva belong to many collections. Her work has been presented at the National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), MoMA (New York, USA), the ARC (Paris, France), KIASMA (Helsinki, Finland), the Consortium (Dijon, France), the Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), the Biennales of Venice, Istanbul, Dakar, Tirana, Rennes and Moscow...

The curators and the artist are grateful to Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and Consulat general de France à Quebec for their support. They also want to thank Studio XX.


A new feminist journal of art and digital culture

Thu Apr 25, 2013 17:00 - Thu Apr 25, 2013

Montréal, Canada

.dpi gets a makeover! (beta version)
Current issue's themed section: Hacktivism


Founded by artist-run-centre Studio XX in 2004, in Montreal, the publication .dpi has recently undergone a major transformation in order to assert itself as a feminist journal of art and digital culture. In 2013, with continuing administrative and technological support from Studio XX, the journal .dpi became an independent project, with a new platform (beta version) and new team including permanent editor in chief, Sophie Le-Phat Ho, and a new editorial committee composed of Julie Alary Lavallée, Amber Berson, Esther Bourdages, Christina Haralanova, Corina MacDonald, Katja Melzer, Candace Mooers and Deanna Radford.

In a time when social gains are threatened, funding for artist-run-centres is precarious, and the need for intelligent critique is urgent, the new crew at .dpi wishes to respond to a real need for the creation of an interdisciplinary community of those at once curious and critical of technologies, feminisms and art.

Bringing together a dozen local and international participants, .dpi 27 presents a themed section on hacktivism coordinated by Christina Haralanova, a feminist activist and researcher who is interested by freedom in technology and open-source software. "Hacktivism: the Art of Practicing Life and Computer Hacking for Feminist Activism" brings together unique perspectives and critiques of the current state of hacktivism, a fusion of hacking and activism.



Do We Have Culture?
Sophie Le-Phat Ho in collaboration with the .dpi Editorial Committee


[ Introduction ] Hacktivism: the Art of Practicing Life and Computer Hacking for Feminist Activism
Christina Haralanova

Feminist Hackerspaces as Safer Spaces?
Sophie Toupin

Hacking with Care : Attention, bien-être et politique de l'ordinaire dans le milieu hacktiviste
Anne Goldenberg

Technologically Empowered Body as a Weapon
Marta Heberle

Le hacktivisme et après? Entrevue avec Edith Brunette
Julie Alary Lavallée

Exposing the Inner Workings: An Interview with Nancy Mauro-Flude
Margaret J. Mather

Processes at Play: .dpi's Amber Berson interviews Valentina Vuksic
Amber Berson

[ Project ] .dp!
Linda Hilfling


Musique et politique, pratiques de femmes
Esther Bourdages


"Where have all the interesting women gone?"
.dpi Book Club

Based in Montreal and published online, .dpi opens a unique and bilingual space for dialogue and interdisciplinary critical reflection, research, experimentation, documentation, and positions and propositions, situated at the intersection of art, technology and feminisms. The journal is a platform where the bold, critical, engaged and curious contributor may question issues related to feminism (in all its varieties), art and digital culture.