FACES: gender, art, technology
20 years of interactions, connections and collaborations
Opening times of the exhibition: Oct. 14 – Nov. 5 2017, Tuesday to Sunday 3 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Oct 13 at 7:30 PM: Opening of exhibition and symposium.
Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15: Symposium, videoscreenings, performances.
In 2017 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the international online community “FACES“, a network of women in media arts who connect inperson and on the listserv faces-l.net. “FACES” was founded in 1997 in Austria. It has built its base from meetings with communities of women around the world, in person and virtually, bringing a borderless sense of communication, giving new possibilities for creative online projects – performance, spoken word, sound, and theoretical discussion. http://www.faces-l.net/
Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ/DE)/Annie Abrahams (NL/FR) – “Unaussprechbarlich”
Boryana Rossa (USA/BG), together with If Nickl and Sylvie Leiner (AT) – “Golden Carelessness”
Participating artists and theoreticians: 42, Annie Abrahams/Helen Varley Jamieson, Nora Al Badri/Jan Nikolai Nelles, Perry Bard, Anne Bray, Nancy Buchanan, Filipa César/Grada Kilomba/Diana McCarty, Lena Chen, Katy Deepwell, DIVANOVA daniela jauk/anita peter mörth/ sol haring, Valie Djordjevic, Charlotte Eifler, Marina Grzinic/Aina Smid, Heide Hatry, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ida Hirsenfelder, Elaine Wing-Ah Ho//Ming Lin, Nina Hoechtl feat. INVASORIX, Reni Hofmüller, Margarete Jahrmann, lizvlx, Manu Luksch, Jenny Marketou, Varsha Nair, Arghyro Paouri, Boryana Rossa, Mechthild Schmidt Feist, Nina Sobell, Evelin Stermitz, Hito Steyerl, Myriam Thyes, Tanja Vujinovic, Anja Westerfrölke, Faith Wilding/SubRosa, Eva Wohlgemuth.
Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman and Eva Ursprung (in collaboration with Valie Djordjevic, Diana McCarty, Ushi Reiter).
Saturday, Oct 14, 10 AM – 6 PM
10:00 AM Kathy Rae Huffman (US) / Arghyro Paouri (GR/FR) – Introduction, Faces in Paris 2000 and memorial to Nathalie Magnan (1956–2016).
10:30-12.30 Panel: Networking histories.
9:00 PM PARTY with Djanes CHARLOTTE [G-Edit] (DE) and others.
Sunday, Oct.15: 10 AM – 4 PM
Exhibition will be open to the public, the bar will be open throughout afternoon until 7 PM
10.00 AM Coffee and get together
11.00 AM – 2.00 PM Wrap-up discussion, future strategies and Q+A with Faces Moderators
2:00 PM FILM SCREENING: Lynn Hershman Leeson, !Women Art Revolution (2010) 1 hr. 23 min.
Funded by: Alpen-Adria-Allianz, Stadt Graz Referat Frauen und Gleichstellung, KPÖ, Gemeinderatsklub der Grazer Grünen
Nina Höchtl and Julia Wieger discuss researching the Austrian Association of Women Artists and their efforts to disrupt unreliable histories
An understanding of history as unreliable – a subjective, edited text, fallible to human error or deliberate bias – has been much explored in recent politics and art practice. The archive has become both a physical and rhetorical space in which to challenge omissions, gaps and absences and ask questions about hierarchies of power. Who, and how, do we remember, and why? The intricate relationship between feminism and the archive – the notion of activating and preserving marginalized history as a form of collective resistance – has been addressed by academics such as Kate Eichhorn, a lecturer in writing and cultural theory at The New School in New York, who perceive an engagement with the past as a means to stage radical, progressive interventions in the present. Akin to other energized forms of political intervention, the archive is there to be reclaimed.
For more, see https://frieze.com/article/hauntings-archive
Interview NINA HOECHTL & JULIA WIEGER TALK HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!:
HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!, 2017, still: Liesa Kovacs, Nick Prokesch
SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 1:30 pm
FEMINISM AND THE ARCHIVE + panel discussion with Althea Greenan (Curator at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University), Samia Malik (from the Women of Color Index reading group that explores the Women’s Art Library catalogue at Goldsmiths to visibilize WoC artists’ work) and Julia Wieger (co-director of Hauntings in the Archive! and co-founder of the Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps (SKGAL), at the VBKÖ).
LFFF2017 will screen the European premiere of feature documentary Hauntings in the Archive! This will be followed by a short talk by Selina Robertson on her research with the Rio Cinema’s 1980s–1990s feminist film curation archive.
Hauntings in the Archive! reflects on and exposes the his/herstory/ies of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) through its century-old archive of letters, photos, catalogues and thousands of other documents. The Secretariat for Ghosts, Archive Politics and Gaps curates the material to conjure up the spectres of the multiple lives of the VBKÖ that meet and share the scene in the film: ghosts of national socialism encounter colonial fantasies and old and new feminist agencies.
Saturday, August 26, 7pm, Complejo Cultural Universitario, BUAP
Tuesday, September 26, 6pm, CINE.AR Sala Gaumont
¡HECHIZOS EN EL ARCHIVO!/HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE! attempts a long, fragmentary cut through the his/hertory/ies of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ). Founded in 1910, the VBKÖ was one of the first organizations in Europe to represent the artistic and economic interests of women artists. In 2017 the association is still active and it faces ghosts of national socialist ideologies and of colonial fantasies as well as spectres of old and new feminist agencies.
A film and production by the SECRETARIAT FOR GHOSTS, ARCHIVAL POLITICS AND GAPS
Narrators AMOR GUTIÉRREZ, NAOMI RINCÓN GALLARDO
Music OPEN MUSIC ARCHIVE
Sound design CHRIS JANKA
Edited by NINA HOECHTL, EDUARDO THOMAS
Camera LIESA KOVACS, NICK PROKESCH
Color correction JUAN LUIS VELAZQUEZ
Written and directed by NINA HOECHTL AND JULIA WIEGER
Lecture “Againstogether in lucha libre (in Mexico)” (in German)
in the frame of the year’s subject „appropriation – body & soul“
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 2pm
Zeitbasiertes Wohnzimmer DO0458
Presentation and exhibition A(R)MANDO VO(I)CES A Gloria Anzaldúa Thought Gallery with Verena Melgarejo Weinandt in the frame of the international conference BEYOND BORDERS: Literaturas y culturas transfronterizas mexicanas y chicanas
On November 11, 2016 INVASORIX participated with the video presentation MY GÜERX SKIN HURTS HORRIBLY. -Sí, cómo no. in SOUND GENDER FEMINISM ACTIVISM SGFA 2016 White Noise, University of the Arts London.
As cuir-feminists in a white supremacist capitalist patriarchy – as our imaginary friend bell hooks so accurately termed it – we attempt to intervene in its white noise in order to interrupt its hissing seemingly tranquilizing yet numbing sound. Moreover, in the mexicano context at least half of our group are read and addressed as güerxs: the word may refer to personas with blond hair and/or fair skin and/or to their supposedly “higher” social and cultural status, thus it might be also used to güeriar/flatter in order to get something.
While associating white noise with an opaque and subaudible power, which hierarchically organizes bodies, lands, resources and access, among others, through a reggaetón song we seek to address these complex intersections as well as the power dynamics, blind spots, and different privilegios such as racial, class and educational aspects within our group: How do they affect, transform, challenge, hinder and lessen relationships, dialogues, work and the ethical, political and creative risks we take? How could our reggaetón song be a fertile ground to provocar cuir-feminist empowerment and a significant descolonial gesture challenging its essentializing association of “latinx” y “caribeñx” as well as its intrinsic relation with dancing, physicality and sexualidad?