Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: The Female Pixel

 A collection of items from the Prosthetic Knowledge Tumblr archive and around the web, around the theme of 'The Female Pixel' 

Paragon Sexa Doll [Intro] by fmtownsmarty [PK]


A monthly on-line / offline happening celebrating female pop-culture icons

Above: Examples of gif put together by Andrew Benson (Grace Jones), Haruko Hirukawa (Marianne Faithfull), Jennifer Chan (Dolly Parton), and Yoshi Sodeoka (for Grace Jones). Grace McEvoy (first event gif.) Emilie Gervais &Sarah Weis (second event gif.) Also included above are animated gifs taken at various event nights created by Lorna Mills and Tony Halmos.

"Sheroes is a monthly limited-run art party series bringing together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding an ever-expanding "League of Legendary Ladies": Joni MitchellChaka KhanTina TurnerMadonnaYoko OnoErykah BaduEtta JamesMarianne FaithfullDolly PartonGrace JonesDusty Springfield & more. 

Sheroes is presented by salonnière reeraw (Rea McNamara). Based in Toronto, the series curates specially commissioned performancessounds,installations & visuals."

As well as the monthly happenings there is also an upcoming day-and-night SHEROES Virtual Season event at the WhipperSnapper Gallery, featuring work and performances from the year-long run as well as musicians and net-art installations.

More about the Sheroes project can be found at their Tumblr Blog and their Google+ Page 

Lillian Schwartz

Self Portrait

Pioneer of art created with the computer: 

Lillian Schwartz is best known for her pioneering work in the use of computers for what has since become known as computer-generated art and computer-aided art analysis, including graphics, film, video, animation, special effects, Virtual Reality and Multimedia. Her work was recognized for its aesthetic success and was the first in this medium to be acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.

Her contributions in starting a new field of endeavor in the arts, art analysis, and the field of virtual reality have been recently awarded Computer-World Smithsonian Awards. Schwartz began her computer art career as an offshoot of her merger of art and technology, which culminated in the selection of her kinetic sculpture, Proxima Centauri, by The Museum of Modern Art for its epoch-making 1968 Machine Exhibition. She then expanded her work into the computer area, becoming a consultant at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory and at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations. On her own, and with leading scientists, engineers, physicists, and psychologists, she developed effective techniques for the use of the computer in film and animation.

Short video documentary of her work [PK]

Jovi Xu 

Chinese pixel artist whose works deal with subject matter than can be dark, surreal, and kinky. 

Jovi's blog [PK]

Retrato de Fabiana (Potrait of Fabiana) by Waldemar Cordeiro

Created in 1970, a digital image of a young girl, " ... the artist zoomed in on an area of the girl's face, losing the original reference and revealing the basic elements that construct the image ..."


Reorganized Pixels 

Two creatives who have experimented with images of the female form, shifting the values of pixel units to create something new.


V5MT Blog | Flickr Set

Christian Zander 

Blog | [PK]

Other Notables: 

  • FM Towns Marty: Tumblr blog that captures scenes from Japanese adventure video games, many that comprise of female characters / protagonists. 
  • FEMICOM: An online resource documenting female characters from old computer games, put together by Rachel Weil aka Part Time! Hexcellent! [PK]
  • Girls of C64: An online archive of Commodore 64 software pornography, NSFW and in many cases terrible sexual 'comedy'. [PK
  • Eye by Gijs Gieske - Chiptune video performance using female model images in a modded Nintendo Gameboy controller [video link] [PK]