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FEMeeting Sister Labs: Artist Presentations

April 5 @ 7:00 pm 9:30 pm EDT

Join FEMeeting Sister Labs, a conference bringing together women in art, science and technology, for two days of speakers, workshops, and community activities. NATURE Lab hosts FEMeeting Sister Labs right here in North Central Troy, NY, welcoming local and international artists, scholars, students and community members. All are welcome for this exciting weekend of events!

April 5, 7:00pm – 9:30pm An evening of radical women’s voices in art, science and technology

  • Karolina Zyniewicz, Transmattering in the Making – How to Exist through Transformation: The art&research practice Karolina Zyniewicz will present is dedicated to matter, mattering, and transmattering. Matter, understood as a biological substance, meaning, and importance, is the main protagonist of her narrative. She calls herself a liminal being, characterizing her cognitive position of being ‘in-between’: between various creative fields, including academia, art, and science (biology), and in a constant, multi-level transformation. She will invite others to transmatter together with her.
  • Cecilia Vilca: Exorcisms of the Territory: This Lecture-Exorcism, delivered by Cecilia Vilca, invokes texts that draw a conversation of times, and a history that heals itself.
  • Praba Pilar, Nixtamalízaté-té-té: Praba PIlar will share her convivial project Nixtamalízaté-té-té, which subverts emergent AI systems into fellow travelers, into beautiful pluriversal monsters. 

April 6, 9:00am – 2:00pm: Workshops

FEMeeting is driven by the desire to develop and promote a more direct collaboration between women working at the intersection art, science, and technology. The conference aims to disseminate projects being undertaken by women worldwide and, as a result, to contribute to the development of art-science research methodologies and to the growth of cooperation strategies that can increase knowledge sharing and bring communities closer.

More about the Presenters on April 5:

Karolina Żyniewicz (DE/PL) is an artist & researcher & educator, a liminal being, existing and performing between various contexts and disciplines. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, and holds PhD in cultural sciences (title obtained in the transdisciplinary Nature – Culture doctoral program at the Faculty of Artes Liberales of the University of Warsaw). While executing art&research projects, she also conducts ethnographic and autoethnographic observations, which constitute the basis for her reflections on the role of nonhuman actors in creating contemporary culture. In her work, she underlines the epistemic and didactic dimensions of art. In 2016–2018, she cooperated with the education departments of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, running workshops and museum lessons for regular audiences and with accessibility for visually impaired and deaf visitors. She uses these educational experiences in her own liminal practice. She is a member of The Eco-and Bioart Lab (hosted by Linköping University), a collaborator of Art Laboratory Berlin, and an associated editor of the Technoetic Arts journal.

Cecilia Vilca Ocharan is a Peruvian transartist, feminist chola techno-witch, and language activist. She is a founding member of the creative and digital heritage division, MyAP Electron Microscopy Laboratory. From a decolonizing vision, she exercises her epistemological rebellion using technology as a tool and object of analysis. Her main goal and poetics are to encourage reflection through revelation. Her projects are born from her personal crusades, and therefore, they are micropolitical flesh. ISEA2020 Montreal and ISEA2023 Paris IPC Member. FEMeeting 2023 Taos and TTT2023 Malta Scientific & Artistic Committee member. Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) Reviewer. Eight Art Residency Programs: Mexico, Bolivia, USA, and Canada. She has exhibited her work, organized exhibitions, and given lectures in Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain, Cuba, Chile, Norway, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, and the USA. Born, lives and dreams in/from Lima, Peru, she has a M.A. Digital Arts, UPF, BCN, Spain.

Praba Pilar is a diasporic Colombian artist disrupting the overwhelmingly passive participation in the contemporary ‘cult of the techno-logic.’ Over the last two decades Pilar has presented cultural productions integrating performance art, live work, digital works, video, electronic installations, radio programming, street theatre, invisible theatre, websites and writing. These projects have traveled widely to museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals, conferences, public streets, political meetings, bookstores, bars, and radio airwaves around the world. Check out Praba Pilar website here.

More about FEMeeting and Sister Labs

Launched in 2017, the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” was driven by the desire to develop and promote more direct collaboration between individuals who identify themselves as Women, independently of their sex. The idea behind FEMeeting was orchestrated by the Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes and scholar Dalila Honorato, after realizing that women in the field of Art and Science have an unquestionable presence worldwide. 

In 2021, FEMeeting Sister Labs launched as an hybrid model of interaction between local and global, between digital and physical: where FEMeeting members address to the community of women in art, science and technology an invitation to their lab spaces.

Discover the lab spaces already presented by FEMeeting members through Sister Labs and learn more about the community of women in art, science and technology! Check out Sister Lab around the World!

We are particularly interested in hearing about the experiences of BIPOC, trans women, non-binary women, and gender queer women, and people living with disabilities.

This event is a collaboration between the iEAR Presents series with support from RPI’s ARTS department and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, and from the New York State Council for the Arts/ NYSCA, with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, and is a featured project of the NEA Our Town “Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail” creative placemaking grant.

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Troy, 12180 United States
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