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  • “When Does A Woman Owe You Sex?” [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 23rd, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments
    [Image Credit: mic.com (by Raquel Reichard)

    [Image Credit: mic.com (by Raquel Reichard)

  • Call: Papers on TechnoShamanism [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

     

    CALL FOR PAPERS FOR BOOK ON TECHNOSHAMANISM

    http://tecnoxamanismo.metareciclagem.org/index.php?title=Chamada_em_ingles

    From July 1st till October 30th we are accepting materials for our forthcoming publication Technoshamanism. It will be a bilingual edition (in Portuguese and English) and is published as a collaboration between editors in Brazil and Denmark.
    We are inviting papers on the subjects of technoshamanism, animism, indigenous people’s culture and rights, shamanic practices, biodiversity, agroforestry, permaculture, retelling of shamanic experiences, hallucinogenic plants, indigenous struggle, DIY culture, science and technology, art and electronics, transhuman interfaces based on technological gadgets, and any other topic related to the broader concept of technoshamanism.
    The publication will discuss the issue of ancestral knowledge and new technologies and will pursue ecological alternatives as well as models and aesthetics to obtain new parameters for acting in the world in an era where not only the water supply, but also the very existence of forests and their peoples, of nature itself, are at risk.
    We are accepting articles as well as fiction or techno fiction, images, comics, photonovels and any other suitable means of expression, as long as they are no longer than ten pages for each person or group. The publishing, in print as well as online, will be taken care of by the technoshamanist network. We will accept submissions in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
    Please send your material to the following email address: [xamanismotecnologico@gmail.com].”

  • “50 Essential Feminist Films…” [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

    [Image Credit: flavorwire.com]

    [Image Credit: flavorwire.com]

    [From an article at Flavorwire]“It’s no secret that the numbers surrounding women in cinema are dismal. The Playlist recently reported that only 74 of the 271 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences this year were women. We also know that for every 15 or so male directors, there is just one female director. At the same time, filmmakers of all genders continue to explore new representations of women in cinema. We thought it was time to revisit some essential feminist films (a few classics and several, perhaps, unexpected picks) that deconstruct gender identity, explore issues pertinent to women and their history, and challenge the patriarchy. These films, directed by women and men, have broadened the scope of female representation in cinema.”

  • “Real Cheese From A Lab, No Cow Necessary” [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 17th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

    [From this article at TechCrunch] “Vegans who miss the creamy taste of real cheese, rejoice! A group of biohackers from Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, Calif., and BioCurious in Sunnyvale, Calif., are using baker’s yeast to produce the world’s first cheese that did not originate from milk in the udder of a cow.

    Most vegan cheese is soy or nut-based and doesn’t taste much like cheese at all. If you’ve been vegan for awhile you may not remember the creamy, salty, delicious taste of a good sharp cheddar or the pungent stink of Limburger or Brie. That’s all about to change for you, thanks to science.”

  • Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 17th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

    Journal of Peer Production (JoPP)
    Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking

    Editors:  Shaowen Bardzell, Lilly Nguyen, Sophie Toupin

    There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to
    practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off
    as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical
    fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of
    liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political
    analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work,
    among others. Practices of hacking, tinkering, geeking, and making have
    been criticized for their overtly masculinist approaches, often anchored
    in the Euro-American techno-centers of Silicon Valley and Cambridge that
    have created a culture of entrepreneurial heroism and a certain
    understanding of technopolitical liberation, or around the German Chaos
    Computer Club (CCC).

    With this special issue of the Journal of Peer Production, we hope to
    delve more deeply into these critiques to imagine new forms of feminist
    technical praxis that redefine these practices and/or open up new ones.
    How can we problematize hacking, tinkering, geeking and making through
    feminist theories and epistemologies? How do these practices, in fact,
    change when we begin to consider them through a feminist prism? Can we
    envision new horizons of practice and possibility through a feminist
    critique?

    In this call, we understand feminist perspectives to be pluralistic,
    including intersectional, trans, genderqueer, and race-sensitive
    viewpoints that are committed to the central principles of
    feminism–agency, fulfillment, empowerment, diversity, and social
    justice.  We refer to the term hacking with a full understanding of its
    histories and limitations. That said, we use it provisionally to
    provoke, stimulate, and reimagine new possibilities for technical
    feminist practice. Hacking, as a form of subjectivity and a mode of
    techno-political engagement, has recently emerged as a site of intense
    debate, being equally lauded as a political ethos of freedom and
    slandered as an elitist form of expertise. These fervid economic and
    political ideals have been challenged and at times come under attack
    because they not only displace women and genderqueer within these
    technological communities but, more importantly, because they displace
    gendered forms of reflection and engagement.

    Drawing on a growing community of feminist scholarship and practices, we
    hope to build on this momentum to invite submissions that
    reconceptualize the relationship between feminism and hacking. We aim to
    highlight feminist hackers, makers and geeks not only as new communities
    of experts, but as new modes of engagement and novel theoretical
    developments. In turn, with this special issue, we hope to challenge
    both concepts of feminism and hacking to ask several questions. How can
    feminist approaches to hacking open up new possibilities for
    technopolitics? Historically, hacking discourses center on political and
    labor aesthetics of creation, disruption, and transgression. How can
    feminist theories of political economy push technopolitical imaginaries
    towards alternate ideals of reproduction, care, and maintenance?
    Conversely, we also ask how notions of hacking can open up new
    possibilities for feminist epistemologies and modes of engagement?

    We seek scholarly articles and commentaries that address any of the
    following themes and beyond. We are also interested in portraits,
    understood broadly, of feminist hackers, makers and geeks that help us
    better understand feminist hacker, maker and geek culture. We also
    solicit experimental formats such as photo essays or other media that
    address the special issue themes.

    •        What is distinctive about feminist hacking or hackers?  How
    does feminist hacking practices help create a distinct feminist hacking
    culture?

    •        Why are feminist hacking practices emerging? Which
    constellation of factors help the emergence of such practices?

    •        What do we know about the feminist hacker spectrum? i.e. what
    are the differences among feminist hacking practices and how can we make
    sense of these distinctions?

    •        What tensions in hacking and/or in hacker practices and
    culture(s) come to the fore when feminist, anti-patriarchal,
    anti-racist, anti-capitalist and/or anti-oppression perspectives are taken?

    •        What does feminist hacker ethic(s) entail?

    •        What kind of social imaginaries are emerging with feminist
    hacking and hackers?

    •        What kinds of hacking are taking place beyond the Euro-American
    tradition?

    Submission abstracts of 300-500 words due by September 8, 2014, and
    should be sent to femhack@peerproduction.net.

    All peer reviewed papers will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer
    Production guidelines; see http://peerproduction.net/peer-review/process/.

    Full papers and materials (peer reviewed papers around 8,000 words and
    testimonies, self-portraits and experimental formats up to 4,000 words)
    are due by January 31st, 2015 for review.

  • “Women in Art and Technology” Part 2 [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

    “A.I.R. Gallery and 2013–14 Fellowship Artist, Amelia Marzec, are pleased to announce the second installment of “Women in Art and Technology,” an evening of presentations, discussion, and exhibitions.

    Technology is the medium we use to communicate today, but we still experience a gender gap and a generation gap in terms of women’s participation in technology as a creative medium. A.I.R. Gallery invites artists, curators, creative technologists, critics, historians and researchers with an interest in women, art, and technology to join us on July 22 for an evening event. We’ll talk about women trailblazers in new media; enjoy presentations and exhibitions by digital artists; and hold a roundtable discussion to consider these issues within the larger context of the history of art. Our interest is in creating a platform for further conversations and participation at the first all female cooperative gallery in the United States.”

  • Dawg Heaven [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments
    Dog Heaven

    Dog Heaven [via Imgur]

  • Too True, Andrew Denton [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 14th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

     

  • “Vantablack: the darkest material ever made…” [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 14th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments

    [Via a Digital Journal article] “A company has produced a “strange, alien” material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light. This has set a new world record.

    The new material is called ‘Vantablack’ and it has been developed by Surrey NanoSystems, based in Newhaven. The remarkable thing about the material is how dark it is; no other material has been made that absorbs so much light. The lack of light reflected back accounts for the intensity of the blackness. The “super black” material is a type of coating made of carbon nanotubes (each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair), developed onto sheets of aluminium foil.”

  • Drive By Compliments [#geekgirl]

    Posted on July 11th, 2014 Mez Breeze No comments