Evelin Stermitz
Since 2005
es@mur.at
Works in Austria

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BIO
Evelin Stermitz is working on media and new media art projects by using different media like photography, video and net, including installations and conceptual works.
The focus of art work is on gender based female and socio-cultural topics. The issues of projects are about gender, role models and the gap between man and woman referring to the theory of Jacques Lacan in terms of "the Other" and the performativity of the body by Judith Butler. An important task is the female body and the outgoing connection to created symbolic meanings of gender in history and nowadays. A main emphasis is on performative works.
In media theory the main interest is on the representation and approach of the female body in everyday media and media art encouraged by Barbara Kruger's work "Your body is a battleground."
Completed the study of Media Communication at the University Klagenfurt, Austria, with a master's degree in Philosophy on the thesis "Imagoes of Dancing Women in Film" in the year 1999.
Received a scholarship for the postgraduate study of Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, (Prof. Milan Pajk - photography, Prof. Srečo Dragan - video and new media) in the year 2004 and graduated with a Master of Arts degree on the thesis "The Female Body in Context of Media Art" in the year 2007.

Grants:
2004 - 2007 Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Postgraduate study of Visual Communication (Photography, Video and New Media).
2006 International Summer Art School of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. New Media Workshop 2D Mutant Zombies (Low-Key Low-Tech Identity Mapping) by Dejan Grba.
2006 International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria. Media works: Dream, dreams / things imagined, Sigmund Freud's 150th birthday, Media class by VALIE EXPORT.

Selected Exhibitions:
2010 FORCE: on the Culture of Rape, Current Gallery, Baltimore, USA / Mediations Biennale, Erased Walls, ConcentArt, Berlin, Germany / All My Independent Women, Casa da Esquina, Coimbra, Portugal / Indomitable Women, CCDFB Centre Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison, Barcelona, Spain / RED: The Gendered Color in Frames, Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia / NapoliDanza, 17th International Festival of Videodance, Il Coreografo Elettronico, PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy / IX Festival Internacional de la Imagen, VI Muestra Monográfica de Media Art, CCC Centro Cultural y de Convenciones Teatro los Fundadores, Manizales, Colombia / Magmart | Video under Volcano, CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum and PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy / 2009 Videomedeja, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia / BAC! 10.0, Pandora’s B., Festival International de Arte Contemporáneo en Barcelona and Indomitable Women, Fundació Joan Miró and CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain / 2008 "Femmes, femmes, femmes", MAC/VAL Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France / Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University / Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, New York / Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University / Alfred University, New York, USA / 2007 chico.art.net v.4, The Electronic Arts Program, California State University, USA / 1.3 Festival of Video and New Media Art, Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia / IMAGINING OURSELVES, International Museum of Women, San Francisco, USA / Video Art in the Age of the Internet, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA / cyber feminism past forward, Austrian Association of Women Artists, Vienna, Austria / FILE Rio / 2006 FILE São Paulo, Brazil / 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 FSPACE, Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival, Trianon, Paris, France / 2006 Cyberfem. Feminisms on the electronic landscape., EACC Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, Spain / Stop Violence Against Women, C2C Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic / 2006 and 2008 Rdeče Zore - Red Dawns, International Feminist and Queer festival, Galerija Alkatraz, Metelkova mesto, Ljubljana, Slovenia

More about her works can be seen at her personal website http://evelinstermitz.net
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EVENT

resp.project


Dates:
Wed Jul 25, 2007 00:00 - Thu Jul 26, 2007

resp.project
time for responsibility

http://resp.en-bloc.de

by en bloc | Simona Koch 2007
Simona Koch, new media artist, lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
http://en-bloc.de

coding by
http://ratato.com

About resp.

We are living in a world, which is getting more and more fast and complex. The speed of technical developments is increasing and the enormous amounts of information we are confronted with make it even more difficult for man to digest them and deal with in daily life. This leads to that one can hardly see the effect of his own actions to the big whole. The single person doesn’t see himself responsible for his actions, but the ruling authorities.
Is it possible, in a complex information society, to spread or receive lasting information, to make out the connections of the own actions to the superordinated context and take the responsibility?

The project uses an ancient way of information transfer - the pyramid scheme - with direct personal contact, to stand out from the huge amount of information. The participation is voluntary and not combined with obligations like chain letters.

The process

At the beginning of the project Simona Koch is arranging invitations in the cities of Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, Vienna and Zurich. In each city 3 to 6 people are invited to a common evening, standing under the topic "time for responsibility". The invitation gives the possibility to discuss about this topic. At the end the discussion will be summarized as a short text at the website. Then the guests turn to hosts and invite themselves 3 to 6 people and use the conclusion of the invitation they took part as a topic for their own invitation. With this principle the project goes on until the process dies. On the website one can obtain all reports and see how the original topic developed in different directions.

So an independent growing organism is created. People are the building blocks, conversations connect them and the website makes the process visible - thus the single person can see his connection to the big whole.

The project initiation by Simona Koch in Vienna has been held at
Austrian Association of Women Artists, Vienna, Austria
on July 25th, 2007

Invited guests:
Christoph Kolar, student of post-conceptual art practices
Andreas Landl, chief editor http://friedensnews.at
accompanied by Doro Erharter, architect
Mareike Spilger, student of international development
Evelin Stermitz, media artist
Karin Sulimma, sculptress


EVENT

Cyberfem. Feminisms on the electronic landscape.


Dates:
Fri Oct 20, 2006 00:00 - Wed May 16, 2007

Cyberfem. Feminisms on the electronic landscape.
http://cyberfem.net/
curated by Ana Martinez-Collado
October 20th, 2006 - January 21st, 2007
Espai d'art contemporani de Castello (EACC), Castello, Spain
http://eacc.es/

Cyberfem. Feminisms on the electronic landscape, a wider territory; a hybrid space for creativity and activism, constructed with the new digital technologies. For just over a decade now, we have been seeing the rapid revolution and permanent redefinition of feminist issues, policies on identity, artistic practices and new technologies. Theoretical discourses that widen their paradigms and become polluted by other disciplines, myths and stereotypes, are questioned. Artistic practices that reach beyond their own limits, nomad identities, all in the context of gradually advancing information technology.

At the heart of the debate is the issue of identity. It is, unavoidably, a political issue, based on a premise that is fast becoming a paradigm during these first few years of the 21st century: the concept of identity as a “social construct”. The cyborg identity (or identities) is used as a visual metaphor for contemporary subjects. Today, more than ever, Donna Haraway’s famous affirmation that “we are all Cyborgs now” is no longer such a stunning and provocative statement. But what in fact are we? What race, sex, identity, sexuality, race, cultural identity…? Representing identity is, today, a more attractive and dangerous battlefield than ever before.

It involves the construction, redefinition and vindication of new configurations of identity in a new technological and information-based social fabric. In the early stages, artists, critics, political activists and historians were drawn by the ide of colonizing the web and building on the larger landscape provided by IT communications. Driven on by a final Utopian urge, they got involved in cyberspace with the purpose of making global creativity and universal freedom a reality.

It was in this context that feminism encountered a wide-open space, full of possibilities; web territory was clearly a “seductive” area for women to get involved in: this was cyber-feminism. The origins of cyber-feminism coincided with the growth of the wider-ranging feminism typical of the 1990s. It was a feminism that burst onto the culture scene, expanding its theoretical and practical developments. Feminism, like the entire modern programme, has undergone an intensely self-critical process, distancing itself from any form of dogmatism and opening its doors to a multitude of narrative options. These forms of feminism extended their boundaries in terms of recounting experience, discussions on gender and sex, the intercultural universe and the development of new technologies.

Today, to talk of (cyber)-feminism - feminism, the Internet, art, and activism - is to talk of experimental creativity, communication, research, interactivity, activism and association. The Internet has become firmly established as a space where women are visible from multiple and diverse angles.

This multi-faceted diversity was made apparent at the very beginning of the so-called cyber-feminist movement. The movement’s theoretical foundations were provided by Donna Haraway, Sadie Plant, or the scandalous and provocative VNS Matrix. But it became an actual movement when, in September 1997, the First Cyber-feminist International was held during Documenta X, organised by OBN (Old Boys Network).

The aim of the exhibition Cyberfem. Feminisms on the electronic landscape, is to provide an overview of the diverse range of options, discourses and narratives in which women are involved, in the expanded territory provided by the new technologies. It is an open landscape, in which different discourses on gender, sex, controversial biotechnology and intercultural debates all converge, in the global context of new information technology.

This diversity is a feature of the selected participants; artists, critics and activists, both solo and in groups. By widening the field, the chosen formats are also affected, ranging from pieces designed exclusively as Web projects, to installation pieces, performances and associative projects.

Faced with a state of permanent confrontation, conflict and ambiguity, the key to establishing an organised understanding of visual imagery is to take a stance. Taking a stance implies responsibility and political commitment. Technologies are ways of life, social orders, ways of viewing things. World disputes are disputes about how to see things. How should we look at things? Where should we look at them from?

Cyberfem is an attempt to show us this process and query its potential developments in the future. In the context of current geo-political, economic and cultural conflict, a wider, or expanded, version of cyber-feminism can, via partial policies, help to keep presumptions of difference within the same social order alive, and help us to visualize these differences.

Cyberfem imposes its expanded model of projects, embracing installations using various digital technologies, ranging from video to the PC screen with incorporated web devices, interactive projects, performances, lectures, documentation and Web projects. In most cases there is a notable incursion of the expanded field of feminist production into the electronic space, fostering an interrelation of real and virtual spaces as specific to the post-media condition of our culture.

The exhibition occupies the main spaces at the Espai d´Art Contemporani of Castello. In some cases, the projects step outside the confines of the museum walls with performances, works in the public space and off-museum devices.

Participating artists:
Annie Abrahams, Natalie Bookchin & Alexei Shulguin, Critical Art Ensemble, Salome Cuesta, Shu Lea Cheang, Coco Fusco & Ricardo Dominguez, Cindy Gabriela Flores, Dora Garcia, Marina Grzinic & Aina Smid, Lynn Hershmann, Identity\_Runners (Diane Ludin, Agnese Trocchi, Francesca da Rimini), Deb King, Olia Lialina, Jess Loseby, Margot Lovejoy, Kristin Lucas, Prema Murthy, Ana Navarrete, OBN (Old Boys Network), Julia Scher, Anne-Marie Schleiner & Talice Lee, Elisabeth Smolarz, Evelin Stermitz, Cornelia Sollfrank, subRosa (Hyla Willis Faith Wilding and James Tsang), Victoria Vesna, Linda Wallace and Eva Wohlgemuth.


EVENT

2D Mutant Zombies at Medienkunstlabor Graz


Dates:
Mon Apr 30, 2007 00:00 - Sat Apr 21, 2007

2D Mutant Zombies
http://mutantzombies.net

Medienkunstlabor at Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
http://medienkunstlabor.at
Curator: Ivika Kivi

Opening: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 7 PM
Duration of the exhibition: April 30 - May 19, 2007
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM

2D Mutant Zombies

An exhibition of the project works created within the new media workshop at the
International Summer Art School of the University of Arts in Belgrade, supervised by Dejan Grba in Pirot, Serbia, 2006.

The workshop explored the issues of identity and its cultural instrumentalization. Its methodology can be defined as the "algorithmic art of small differences", which is based in the eventuality of individual artistic differences ("specificity", "character" or "identity") that are expressed through collective creative effort within a precisely defined and limited formal system.
As a result, the implied indifference in the works created may cause the sense of "alienation" or "estrangement" in the observer and encourage him/her to evade the conventional (ideologically manipulated) associations for the concepts of sympathy, friendliness and affection, and to intimately reconsider the values behind these basic terms of human relations. (Dejan Grba)

Participating artists:
Cristina Ardelean / Romania
Eva Artinger / Austria/Germany
Ana Krstic / Serbia
Nevena Nikolic / Serbia
Adrian Parvulescu / Romania
Bojana Rajevic / Serbia
Evelin Stermitz / Austria/Slovenia
Sanja Zdrnja / Serbia

With the screening of a video lecture by Dejan Grba:

Bastards of the Cool

The lecture addresses certain aspects of the identity in the contemporary fine arts, combined with the conceptual platform of the 2D Mutant Zombies workshop.

Dejan Grba is an artist. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts and a senior lecturer at the Digital Art Department of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, University of the Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. He is currently a visiting artist within the Computer Art Program, Department of Transmedia, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA.


EVENT

cyber fems real meetings: March 30 - March 31, 2007


Dates:
Fri Mar 30, 2007 00:00 - Sat Mar 24, 2007

cyber feminism past forward
cyber fems virtual real
cyber fems real meetings

cyber fems real meetings: March 30 - March 31, 2007
Duration of the exhibition: March 9 until March 31, 2007
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 3-7 pm

Austrian Association of Women Artists
Maysedergasse 2
1010 Vienna/Austria
Tel: + 43-1-513 64 73/Fax -- 9
vbkoe@vbkoe.org
http://www.vbkoe.org
http://www.vbkoe.org/cyber_feminism_past_forward.htm

Kloe Bratz (TC), ][mez][ breeze (AUS), Carla Cruz (PT), Cym (AUT/NL),
Aileen Derieg (AUT), Valie Djordjevic (G), Nina Hochtl (AUT), Deb King
(USA), lady tigers night club LTNC (AUT), lizvlx (CH/A), Jess Loseby
(Various) et al, Diana McCarthy (USA/G), Nancy Paterson (CAN), Regina
Celia Pinto (BRA), Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL), sisterO (AUS), Nina
Sobell (USA), Evelin Stermitz (AUT/SLO), Eva Ursprung (AUT), Francesco
Ventrella (I), Faith Wilding (USA), Nanette Wylde (USA), Jody Zellen (USA)

"cyber feminism past forward" consists of a "cyber fems virtual real"
exhibition with feminist net art, websites, posters, screenings and
"cyber fems real meetings" with presentations, panels and performances.
The exhibition focuses on current works of international media artists,
the history of women's movements and it celebrates the pioneers of
cyberfeminism.

cyber fems real meetings

Friday March 30 2007

7 pm Name the depoliticalization of cyber feminisms!
Carla Cruz (PT), Aileen Derieg (AUT), Valie Djordjevic (G), Nina Hochtl
(AUT), Rudolfine Lackner (AUT), lady tigers night club LTNC (AUT),
lizvlx (AUT/CH), Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL), Diana McCarthy (USA/G),
Evelin Stermitz (AUT/SLO)
In the panel "Name the depoliticalization of cyber feminisms!" we will
concentrate on the question - how are aspects of the depoliticalization
of feminisms emerging in light of today's global politics.

Saturday March 31 2007

10--1 pm cyber feminism past forward workshop
Rudolfine Lackner (AUT) - in collaboration with the
women's-spring-university
In this workshop she will point out the different meanings of the term
"network" in the feminist art movement. Over the years: 1910, 1938, 1968
and 1997 many things happened under the name of feminism. But what does
the phrase "under the name of feminism" mean in that sense? To register
for this workshop please go to www.frauenuni.net

3 pm Take Nothing for Granted
Aileen Derieg (AUT)
"For me, cyberfeminism means taking nothing for granted, rejecting
techno-determinism to take control of all the myriad possibilities for
questioning, experimenting, playing, reconfiguring reality ... I would
like to share some examples of cyberfeminism that inspire, delight,
amuse and challenge me."

4 pm World of Female Avatars
Evelin Stermitz (AUT/SLO)
She will present her net art project which is about the expanded
understanding of the relationship between women and their corporeality
in times of virtual reality, avatars and cyborgs.

4:30 pm No Men's Land
Cym (AUT/NL)
The media artist cym has been working with the internet since 1996.
Since 1998 she has been researching the relationship between virtual
reality and real life. In her lecture she will present some of her
projects and talk about her experiences in the virtual and the real
space. Afterwards she will introduce the project No Men's Land for which
she won the Marianne.von.Willemer.06 Women's-Netart-Award.

5 pm LTNC's magic garden - experimental Internet TV
lady tigers night club - LTNC (AUT)
They will talk about the project shown in the exhibition. It was
originally created for the festival City of Women in 2006 in Ljubljana / Slovenia and became internationally known as the festivals first feminist netproject.

6 pm on accountability, lecture performance
Carla Cruz (PT), Nina Hochtl (AUT), Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL),
Francesco Ventrella (I)
"If you consider cyberfeminist art activism, what does it say about its
visibility? Is institutionalizing oneself the only solution to get
oneself heard? I can't feel while institutionalizing myself."

7 pm Faces: 10 years (past and future)
Valie Djordjevic (G), Diana McCarthy (USA/G), Faces mailing list members
2007 is the ten year anniversary of the Faces mailing list. They would
like to mark the tenth year of their existence by looking back at their
beginnings and talk in informal interviews about what has changed in the
past ten years. They would like to invite old and new Faces members to
talk about their experiences of the last ten years and about their plans
for the next ten years. What do women want to achieve? What are the
strategies? Where can we find lines of collaboration?

10 pm Concert by Ursprung (AUT) and Cym (AUT/NL)

Curators: Rudolfine Lackner, Evelin Stermitz
Staff assistants: Katharina Hoffmann, Magdalena Olzant

Free admission

Sponsors:
Bundeskanzleramt:Kunst
Die Grunen Frauen Wien
Frauenfruhlingsuni FFU
McShark
Schremser-Bier
Telekopie
The Women's Media Center NY
Wien:Kultur


EVENT

cyber feminism past forward - Opening: March 8 2007


Dates:
Thu Mar 08, 2007 00:00 - Sun Mar 04, 2007

*cyber feminism past forward*
*cyber fems virtual real*
*cyber fems real meetings*

Opening: March 8 2007, 7 pm
with a concert performance by Eva Ursprung
Duration of the exhibition: March 9 - March 31, 2007
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 3-7 pm

Austrian Association of Women Artists
Maysedergasse 2
1010 Vienna/Austria
Tel: + 43-1-513 64 73/Fax -- 9
vbkoe@vbkoe.org
http://www.vbkoe.org
http://www.vbkoe.org/cyber_feminism_past_forward.htm

*Kloe Bratz (TC), ][mez][ breeze (AUS), Carla Cruz (PT), Cym (AUT/NL),
Aileen Derieg (AUT), Valie Djordjevic (G), Nina Hochtl (AUT), Deb King
(USA), lady tigers night club LTNC (AUT), lizvlx (CH/A), Jess Loseby
(Various) et al, Diana McCarthy (USA/G), Nancy Paterson (CAN), Regina
Celia Pinto (BRA), Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL), sisterO (NL), Nina
Sobell (USA), Evelin Stermitz (AUT/SLO), Eva Ursprung (AUT), Francesco
Ventrella (I), Faith Wilding (USA), Nanette Wylde (USA), Jody Zellen (USA)*

"cyber feminism past forward" consists of a "cyber fems virtual real"
exhibition with feminist net art, websites, posters, screenings and
"cyber fems real meetings" with presentations, panels and performances.
The exhibition focuses on current works of international media artists,
the history of women's movements and celebrates the pioneers of
cyberfeminism. In the panel "Name the depoliticalization of cyber
feminisms!" we will concentrate on the essential question of the
exhibition: how are aspects of the depoliticalization of feminisms
emerging in light of today's global politics?

*cyber fems real meetings*

*Friday March 30 2007*
*7 pm Name the depoliticalization of cyber feminisms!*
Carla Cruz (PT), Aileen Derieg (AUT), Valie Djordjevic (G),
Nina Hochtl (AUT), Rudolfine Lackner (AUT),
lady tigers night club LTNC (AUT), lizvlx (AUT/CH),
Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL), Diana McCarthy (USA/G),
Evelin Stermitz (AUT/SLO), Francesco Ventrella (I)

*Saturday March 31 2007*
*10--1 pm cyber feminism past forward workshop*
Rudolfine Lackner (AUT) in collaboration with
the women's-spring-university Vienna
*3 pm Take Nothing for Granted*
Aileen Derieg (AUT)
*4 pm World of Female Avatars*
Evelin Stermitz (AUT/SLO)
*4:30 pm No Men's Land*
Cym (AUT/NL)
*5 pm LTNC's magic garden - experimental Internet TV*
lady tigers night club - LTNC (AUT)
*6 pm on accountability, performance*
Carla Cruz (PT), Nina Hochtl (AUT),
Suzanne van Rossenberg (NL), Francesco Ventrella (I)
*7 pm Faces: 10 years (past and future)*
Valie Djordjevic (G), Diana McCarthy (USA/G),
Faces mailing list members
*10 pm concert*
Ursprung and Cym

Curators: Rudolfine Lackner, Evelin Stermitz
Staff assistants: Katharina Hoffmann, Magdalena Olzant

Free admission

Sponsors:
Bundeskanzleramt:Kunst
Die Grunen Frauen Wien
Frauenfruhlingsuni FFU
McShark
Schremser-Bier
Telekopie
The Women's Media Center NY
Wien:Kultur