geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • “”We are not post-racism any more than we are post-feminism…” [#geekgirl]

    “We are not post-racism any more than we are post-feminism. This is the context into which this video falls: a white middle-class woman playing ringleader to anonymous black women. Maybe there is a knowing wink here I missed. But I haven’t missed years of black women writing about how their bodies are used for white people to write their own scripts all over them.

    Whether the project is feminism or a way of selling a song. Our sketches matter. Who gets to be in charge of our bodies matters. So I am sorry but Allen cannot be the one to say this is nothing to do with race. Racism works precisely by denying the presence of race. The privilege is to not notice it.

    Does liberal feminism expect so little that we lap up the crumbs from the table? That we say to women of colour: I am afraid your concerns are a bit humourless, we will sort out the race stuff later, and by the way where did you get your nails done? Well, it’s just not good enough for this bitch.

    As hard as it might be here, I still know it’s a damn sight harder for some bitches than others.”

  • “Because Capitalism…” [#geekgirl]

    [Via @antibible_t]

    [Via @antibible_t]

  • HTC = Horrible Television Commercial or Hawt TV Commercial? [#geekgirl]

  • Julian Assange To Give ISEA2013 Keynote Today [#geekgirl] [#iseeisea]

    [Image via Syd Uni]

    Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, will present a special keynote address for the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art via live video link at the University of Sydney on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 5.30pm.

    He will address a small public audience as well as conference delegates from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has spent the past year after being granted political asylum.

    Assange’s live stream via Skype will be screened in two lecture theatres: New Law 101 (conference audience) and Eastern Avenue Auditorium (general public audience).

    The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2013) is symposium presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and supported by Destination NSW to align with Vivid Sydney.”


  • #Smells Like #Teen Spirit – Kennedy Rose’s #Nirvana Cover [#geekgirl]

    I’m sure Kurt Cobain would have loved this: just the right mix of aspergery-focus, extreme talent and fashion-awkward cred.

  • The Perfect #SXSW Troll [#geekgirl]

    Like any major hybrid cultural event that jumps the shark and decides to evolve into what’s essentially a hipsterised parody of itself, #SXSW has been inverting from its original incarnation for years and sequentially de-evolving into a muddled coolhunting mess. So when AllThingsD reported on this glorious play containing yams and oily-networking-sycophants, it just had to be applauded:

    In the weeks leading up to SXSW, a series of mysterious packages started being sent out to companies of import and some journalists. The contents included a set of instructions and one single, neatly wrapped object: A yam.

    Those who received the yams in the mail — from “” were pitched on a new startup that, basically, sold itself as “an online marketplace for yam enthusiasts and traders.” It was absurd.

    Yet attendees were encouraged to bring their yams to South By, where they could be traded in for a $50 AmEx gift card.

    What they found when they reached South By on Sunday morning wasn’t a booth full of potato lovers. It was Tri-Net.

    What is Tri-Net? It’s a 25-year-old cloud services company that deals with HR, payroll and IT backend issues for smaller startups, who may have a good idea for a company, but have little backend business acumen. It’s pretty big, too; it’s home to more than 1,500 employees, and works with upwards of 7,000 clients.I get it… IT and payroll services are about as exciting as attending an enterprise conference after taking a Xanax. So you have to resort to guerilla, somewhat unconventional marketing tactics to get noticed on occasion.

    But Tri-Net did them one better. Theirs is a sort of meta-commentary on startup marketing on the whole, a tongue-in-cheek gesture on the stupidity of some single-serving companies that are appearing out of Silicon Valley these days — much less with millions of dollars in venture capital funding. By contrast, something difficult to market may prove more useful; it’s why the hottest topic in the Valley these days is indeed the enterprise (even if it is boring as hell).

    A number of folks were taken in by it, with mixed reactions. “We have gotten feedback in both directions,” Breitweiser said. “Some thought it was really funny, while some were upset that we were fooling them.”

  • Tim Berners Lee speaking tour of Austraila #tbldownunder #www #talks #geekgirl

    Bringing the inventor of the Web to Australia

    Note Sydney and Melbourne looks sold out: with no additional allocations as advertised for Jan 11th –  even the free registrations. You may still be lucky for Canberra though so try the link below for that one.

    Tim Berners Lee speaking tour of Austraila


    Monday 4th February: 1800 – 2000 – public lecture at the University of Melbourne. Register online here. <>
    Also there is an informal linked data hackfest<>
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    Tuesday 5th February: 1800 – 2000 – public lecture, City Talks in partnership with UTSpotlight at the Sydney Town Hall.
    Tickets are free and essential, register online here<>

  • Cyber Dada Retrospective at New Low #cyberculture #cyberpunk #cyberart #cyberdada #Melbourne #geekgirl


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    Retrospective exhibition of animation, video, installation and publishing created by Cyber Dada (Troy Innocent & Dale Nason).

    Opening at New Low on Tuesday 5th June at 6pm
    Exhibition runs 3rd – 8th June 2012

    ‘If Stelarc was the poet of the body electric, helping to define cyberculture as a new phase in human evolution, the Melbourne-based Cyber Dada collective provided its manifesto and audiovisual style’

    The cyber dada manifesto defined the cyber art scene in the 1990s. Like a meme it emerged in professional, cultural and student publications simultaneously; travelling internationally via fax and other technologies – prefiguring the viral networking of today. Now it has come back to Melbourne.

    The cyber dada manifesto (1990) was a key international video work that captured the spirit and audiovisual aesthetics of the emergent digital world. A powerful engagement with the paradigm of information and virtual realities, it anticipated the connected world that we now take for granted. In the critical and scholarly writings on cyberculture and digital media it is recognized as a landmark work.

    The retrospective exhibition includes this work alongside animation, video, installation and publishing projects produced by Cyber Dada during a five year period between 1989 and 1994.

    The exhibition is opening on Tuesday June 5th between 6:00 – 8:30pm at New Low.

    The retrospective will show works that have since been archived at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the international Cyberpunk Project, an archive of cyberculture.

    Troy Innocent
    Dr Troy Innocent is a world builder, iconographer and reality newbie. His artificial worlds – Iconica (SIGGRAPH 98, USA), and Semiomorph (ISEA02, Japan) – explore the connections between artificial systems such as language and natural processes abundant in life. Innocent co-founded the digital arts collective Cyber Dada in 1989 and through pioneering works such as Idea-ON>! (1992) contributed to the Australian new media arts practice during the 90s. His most recent works are urban art environments: an interactive sculpture garden entitled Colony (2008) in the Melbourne Docklands and Urban Codemakers (2010), an Alternate Reality Game that reinvents the history of Melbourne. He has received numerous awards, including Honorary Mention, LIFE 2.0: Artificial Life, Spain (1999); Foreign Title Award, MMCA Multimedia Grand Prix, Japan (1998); First Prize, National Digital Art Awards, Australia (1995); and Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica (1992). Innocent is currently Senior Lecturer in Games and Interactivity, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University, Melbourne. Innocent is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.

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    Dale Nason
    Dale Nason is an active participant in creative subcultures in Australia & internationally. This practice is supported by his long term role in art and design education. Nason has created art, design and media works ranging from texts though to kinetic performance actions. His zines are recognized in major exhibitions and public collections. Intermittently a VJ, mobile projectionist, photocopy artist, new media artist, musician, and guerilla gardener, Nason is cited as being part of the Australian new media avant garde, having co-created Cyber Dada, an influential early example of internet culture art. More recent video works have been described as ‘dark wave’, and feature of this work being the human handling of dead animals. A masters degree in Public Art brought focus to a critique of national identity & public symbols of power. This helped establish a long term project identity, Zero Dollars. A future project will take him to visit the second site of British Atomic Weapon tests in Australia which were responsible for the radioactive poisoning of Aboriginal people & army personnel in the 1950’s. This is at a place called Emu Field, South Australia, named after one of the animals on the Australian Coat of Arms. More recently, independent research into design, teaching & learning has been published. ‘Crisis Drift: A Meta-gogical Glue for Learning & Teaching Design’ attempts to focus on contingency and trajectory, in particular ‘crisis drift’.

    New Low
    Basement, 746 Swanston St, Carlton, VIC, Australia

    New Low is a new artist run initiative in Melbourne. Quite literally underground, in the basement of Good Time Studios, New Low is not a standard white cube. With short curated solo shows under the direction of Tara Cook, the initiative aims to provide a professional and significant space for contemporary ambitious, emerging, expanded and experimental projects. The gallery uniquely has short shows; this recognises the context in which the audience and focus is placed on the opening night as an event, while seeing documentation online as a space with greater longevity and outreach.


  • ‘The art of Hacking’ with all my favourite gurls #hacking #ethics #code #geekgirl

    With works by: Heath Bunting, Harmen de Hoop, moddr_, Cornelia Sollfrank, The Yes Men, ÜBERMORGEN.COM <http://xn--bermorgen-p9a.COM> and Nancy Mauro-Flude / Mez Breeze / Sara Platon. 
    ‘The art of Hacking’ focuses on the artistic side of hacking. The artists in this exhibition highlight the imperfections of our surroundings and daily lives. The projects subvert, improve on or circumnavigate ‘official’ systems and practices and offer alternatives. Superficially, hacking is often associated with spreading online viruses and other digital attacks. Officially these criminal activities are not really known as hacking, but as ‘cracking’. The real practice of hacking is done based on far more positive and artistic motives. It’s a state of mind and there are elaborate ethical codes within the hacker community. 
    In short creative hacking combines artists’ technical skills with the optimism to solve problems and the urge to overcome artistic limitations. The basis for these works lies in a technical, online methodology that spreads into the physical world through the tangibility of the artworks. 
    About the works:
    The British artist Heath Bunting gives insight into the networks at play that constitute an identity, like banks, health care and education. By using these different networks Bunting creates new synthetic identities. In his ‘Identity Bureau’ one can purchase official and legal UK identities. This project has been made possible in collaboration with SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain. 
    The American creative activism duo, a pair of notorious troublemakers The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) targets leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else in order to publicly humiliate them, a practice that they call ‘identity correction’. Next to displaying a few projects by The Yes Men, NIMk collaborates on a ‘Yes Lab’ together with the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, the Dutch Theatre Festival, SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, and Partizan Publik. 
    The office installation “DOUBLETHINK Knowledge Bureau” reflects and demonstrates both the Austrian art collective UBERMORGEN.COM’s artistic actionism as well as the necessary tools and rules for any clandestine media hacking operation today. 
    The Rotterdam based lab moddr_ has hacked digital ‘footprints’ with projects like ‘Web 2.0 Suicide Machine’ and continues to do so more recently with the ‘Bin Lover’ project; a new piece by moddr_ residence artist Philipp W. Teister. ‘Bin Lover’ gives trashed files a new lease of life. The piece cleverly uses the apparent security of desktops, and will be shown alongside a number of related projects. 

    The German artist Cornelia Sollfrank presents three works in which art hacking strategies are being used to deconstruct myths about genius, originality and authorship. 
    And by using the work by the Dutch artist Harmen de Hoop, you yourself can get started as an activist by copying and spreading pamphlets containing the text ABOLI$H CAPITALI$M NOW! in the public domain. 
    Error_in_Time(v.t_3)_ sister0, Ko66 and Netwurker_Mez give us insight into geek space from the perspective of a female hacker. This isn’t a work about identity – its about identity theft. Nancy Mauro-Flude: Artistic and Conceptual Director, in collaboration, like any good homebrewed craft, with Australian artist Mez Breeze explores environments that involve online socializations or encounters.
    Swedish/Dutch Sara Platon founder of deals with computers the hard way, demystify its senses, follows the busroute to the CPU and touches it innerparts.

    Nancy Mauro-Flude exiled co-founder of Moddr_&  a Genderchanger Academy convert, is based in Tasmania and continues her performance-based collaborations&  interrogations of the possibilities and constrictions of media technologies. 
     • An artist talk by Heath Bunting, Harmen de Hoop, and moddr_ on
     Sunday the 11th of September at 15.00 hrs.
     • A panel discussion on the subject of hacking moderated by Jaromil
     and Cecile Landman with Rop Gonggrijp, Karin Spaink, Patrice Riemens
     and Heath Bunting taking place in October.
     • moddr_ presents several workshops within the framework of ‘The Art
     of Hacking’. 
     Information about these activities will be announced on and via other social media. 

  • Turing Centenary 2012: Invitation to New Media Artists Call for Expressions #code #geekgirl

    Due 29 July 2011

    2012 is the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician, code-breaker and computer pioneer. This will be marked by an extensive series of events, which is being coordinated by the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee. As Turing worked at the University of Manchester for the last six years of his life, Manchester is one of the two main centres of this events programme – the other being London, where he was born.

    The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) plans to celebrate the Turing centenary throughout 2012. As Turing was a great innovator, MOSI is keen for its events to feature innovative creative works inspired by Turing and utilising the digital media made possible by the achievements of the early computer pioneers. MOSI invites written expressions of interest in this project which should include a description of the nature of the proposed work, how it links to Turing and the likely hardware requirement.

    Contact Pauline Webb
    Collections Manager MOSI