'An in-progress online collection of resources for techno-critical works from 1990 - 2020, gathered and facilitated by Mindy Seu.'
"The index is not a finished project, but rather a continuous call-out and invitation to edit — “a billboard for submissions — never complete and always in progress.”
'The website has been over a year in the making, and started out in the format of an open call and open-access spreadsheet, in an attempt to gather as many cyberfeminist projects, sources, and references as possible, together in one place.'
'The term cyberfeminism is most often described as a contemporary genre of feminism, coined in the early 90’s to describe a wave of feminist critique, theorization, and a general reimagining of the internet and new media technologies.'
'Cyberfeminism cannot be reduced to women and technology. Nor is it about the diffusion of feminism through technology. Combining cyber and feminism was meant as an oxymoron or provocation, a critique of the cyberbabes and fembots that stocked the sci-fi landscapes of the 1980s. The term is self-reflexive: technology is not only the subject of cyberfeminism, but its means of transmission. It’s all about feedback.'
'Rooted as it is by feminism, cyberfeminism is an imperfect umbrella term. The history of feminism is dominated by Western attitudes, which makes it complicated and exclusionary. The reason I have chosen to use the term is because the combination of ‘cyber’ and ‘feminism’ allows novices to quickly connote its meaning and speaks to its lineage and evolution.'
'Mindy Seu is a designer, educator and researcher. She holds a Masters in Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and B.A. in Design Media Arts from University of California, Los Angeles.
For the past year, Mindy Seu has been creating the Cyberfeminism Index, commissioned by Rhizome and co-presented with New Museum’s First Look. This research began during her time at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society and Harvard.'
'Others often ask if I call myself a designer, and I wonder if the title matters. My practice is not cleanly defined. It involves close collaborations in the form of archival projects (Cyberfeminism Archive; Fact, Eros, Avant Garde with Lubalin Center; Whole Earth Catalog; et al), writing (poetry of tools, internet infrastructure, speculative archives), event organization (Decentralized Web Summit, RightsCon, meet-ups, lecture series, dinners), education (University courses and workshops), lectures (revisionist internet history, dynamic typography, feminism online), and sharing, typically in the form of spreadsheets.'
'The contributors of the works in the index engage with a range of questions including:
What is cyberfeminism? How does feminism influence multimedia production? What are the possibilities for feminist activism and research on the internet? How are colonisation, cybersex and virtuality to be theorised? How do these technologies affect our theories about bodies and minds? And what are the implications for creative artists?'