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[Nettime-bold] The New Axis Reader

Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender


As a follow-up to The Facelift of Gender, Axis, Foundation for Art and Gender, is bringing out a new reader on the interaction among new media, gender and art: Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender.

Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender presents a selection of articles that illuminate the impact of new media technologies on art, culture and gender presentation. The meaning of these concepts is continually subject to change, thus rebutting the idea that art disciplines and sex are static entities.

Developments in new media have disrupted the classic hierarchical relation between "producers" and "consumers" in the cultural field. In interactive projects, for instance, the distinction between author, performer and viewer becomes increasingly blurred. The traditional role of cultural institutions is also called into question because digital works often are not to be pigeonholed in any one category. Artists and activists make use of these shifts in order to create a sanctuary for social critique and cultural innovation. In the course of this, subjects like authorship, representation and the role of the institution become central. The articles in Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender also cast light on the specific role of gender in these processes.

With contibutions from: Anne-Marie Schleiner, Sylvie Parent & Valérie Lamontagne, Faith Wilding, Angelicka Beckmann, Yvonne Volkart, Cornelia Sollfrank, Mo Throp, Hannah Bosma, Kathy Rae Huffman, Andra Mc Cartney.

Costs: Fl. 15,- (excl. porto)

Order : mail us



Axis @ V2_

Friday 23 june 20.00 – 23.00 uur

V2_Organisatie, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Admittance: fl. 7,50

To mark the publication of Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender, a reader on new media, gender and art, Axis is organizing an evening full of sound shifts and gender displacements.


Music scholar Hannah Bosma, who also provided a contribution to Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender, will introduce the most important points in the discussion and illustrate them on the basis of the link between gender and electronic music. Electronic music is the discipline par excellence in which the classic hierarchical relation between cultural "producers" and "consumers" has been disrupted. The distinctions among author, performer and viewer have, for example, become increasingly vague.


"The Well" is based on an experimental recording in a wind tunnel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, where Barbara Held arranged for her flute to be played by the natural turbulence in the tunnel. In the CD-ROM version images are transformed into sound by computer processes. The piece is an homage to the Canadian/Japanese composer Chiyo Asaka/Tuge, who died in 1969. In 1932 she married a Japanese neurosurgeon, who after her death dissected her brain in search of the source of her creativity. (in cooperation with Adolf Alcaniz)


Guy Van Belle presents an installation on Sister Sourire, the Belgian Lesbian nun who scored a Nr. 1 hit in America in the 1960s, but later committed suicide together with her lover because of money problems.


Anne Wellmer creates an audio environment especially for this occasion, which will incorporate recorded sounds in real time.


In the piece "Main Wash Cycle" Alison Isadora presents the story of a New Zealand woman who has a washing machine as the sidecar of her motorcycle. The textual portion of the performance is a mix of washing instructions, user's instructions for washing machines, feminist analyses and housewives' narratives. Sound fragments are digitally manipulated and mixed live from the MIDI-controlled washing machine; contact microphones record all small operations.

For more information mail Margriet van Heesch

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