Berlin-based experimental music and art platform Creamcake is pleased to announce the 2nd “<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>” symposium, exploring the theoretical, artistic, and political histories of our current bio-colonial-techno capitalist reality on April 13.
Happening at Berlin’s Südblock and aquarium, the experimental symposium is a day and night-long series that includes conversations, brainstorming sessions, panels, lectures and performances dedicated to broadening the discourse around digital space. Last year’s inaugural assembly critically engaged with the foundations of cyber- and technofeminist thought. This year, the event will examine the biotechnological and political management of identity, sex, and gender online, along with questions of agency, body politics, and the subversive appropriation of technologies. Advanced technocapitalism, accelerating global media and digital culture determine the organization of life as we know it.
The 2nd “<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>” examines our understanding of what it means to inhabit a (sexed, gendered, raced, aging, cyborgian) body, which has changed drastically with the dawn of the 20th century. The invention of plastics, the contraceptive pill, synthetic hormones, body modifying surgeries and modes of technological embodiment, as well as changing practices and knowledge in psychology, sexology, endocrinology have led us to a networked age. It’s one in which we can imagine the self in myriad new ways. With that in mind, we ask the following questions:
- What are the numerous histories of sexuality, body politics, and biomedicalization?
- With the production of biovalue in the bioeconomy, which parts of our bodies are being commodified, and for whom?
- How do artists navigate identity politics and generate resistance through their music and art?
- How can creative engagement initiate self-empowering action?
The 2nd “<Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer>” symposium event is a day and night-long series of conversations, brainstorming sessions, panels, lectures and performances dedicated to broadening the discourse around (embodied) technologies, digital space, and cyborgian experience. A place for reflection and action at the intersection of technology, the internet, gender and sexuality, the event aims to formulate strategies for queering the blurred line between science, music and art. Discussion will focus on trans- and interdisciplinary approaches to feminist ideas and concepts, and developing reading, writing, thinking, performing and sounding practices, as well as other political work, in order to analyze contemporary thought on nature/culture and technology.