Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985) surveys a generation of pioneering female cultural practitioners in new media and the technology innovators who helped shape the information age. The exhibition project will be on view at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts from August 14-September 30, 2017 with a fully illustrated publication and screenings that will be held at International House Philadelphia and Vox Populi in September and October of 2017.
Hidden Figures Screening
During Black History Month in February of 2017, we celebrated the African-American women in technology of the Apollo age by introducing the Oscar nominated film Hidden Figures with a lecture at the non-profit County Theater in Doylestown.
On March 29 & 30th, the project is co-presenting pioneering electronic musician Suzanne Ciani for a two day engagement at the International House Philadelphia and Painted Bride Art Center.
Exhibition & Fall Programs
In August through October of 2017, the core of the project will take place with an exhibition at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, and screenings and programs at Vox Populi and International House Philadelphia.
“We (reader, artist, viewer) cannot expect to remain passive, either in experiencing or immersing ourselves in new-media artworks or in formulating answers and questions about the intersection of new media and gender at the turn of the century– questions such as the dichotomy between the evidence set forth in this book of a strong, influential, central female presence in the field of new media and the continuing male domination of the computer industry.”
-Judy Malloy, editor of Women, Art, and Technology, MIT Press, 2003
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"Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way. A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising. What happened?"
-Steve Henn, When Women Stopped Coding, NPR's Planet Money, October 14, 2014
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