A Cyberfam Celebration of Legacy Russell's Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto
September 29, 2020
In celebration of the publication of Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (Verso Books), author and curator Legacy Russell invites a congregation of experimental and innovative thinkers, artists, and creative technologists to respond to, and remix through, the text as both a radical proposition and collective exercise in world-building—worlds to be built, and worlds to be glitched. Glitch Feminism is a vital new chapter in cyberfeminism that explores the relationship between gender, technology and identity. In an urgent manifesto, Russell reveals the many ways that “the glitch” performs and transforms: how it refuses, throws shade, ghosts, encrypts, mobilises and survives. Developing the argument through memoir, art, and critical theory, Russell also looks at the work of contemporary artists who travel through the glitch in their work. In shared dialogue with the text in cyberspace, Salome Asega, Caitlin Cherry, Zoé Samudzi, Tsige Tafesse, McKenzie Wark, Mandy Harris Williams, and Jenna Wortham will join Russell live on Zoom.
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Organized in collaboration with Verso Books.
About the Author
Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As the founding theorist of Glitch Feminism, her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays have been published internationally. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art and a 2020 Rauschenberg Residency Fellow.
About the Speakers
Salome Asega is an artist and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY. Salome has participated in residencies and fellowships with Eyebeam, New Museum, The Laundromat Project, and Recess. She has exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, MoMA, Carnegie Library, August Wilson Center, Knockdown Center, and more. She has also given presentations and lectures at Performa, EYEO, Brooklyn Museum, MIT Media Lab, and more. Salome is currently a Ford Foundation Technology Fellow landscaping new media arts infrastructure. She is also the Director of Partnerships at POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory in Brooklyn. Salome received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology where she also teaches.
In a practice that combines painting, sculpture, and installation Caitlin Cherry addresses Black femininity filtered through the media on which it is viewed and consumed—the screens and interfaces of our phones and laptops. Cherry draws from traditions of art history through an exploration of the protocols of painting, integrating cultural theories on race, gender, class, and the impact of technologies.
Zoé Samudzi is a PhD candidate in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco and a writer whose work has appeared in The New Inquiry, Verso, The New Republic, Daily Beast, Art in America, Hyperallergic, ROAR Magazine, Teen Vogue, Arts.Black, and other outlets. She is also a contributing writer at Jewish Currents. Along with William C. Anderson, she is the co-author of As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Our Liberation (AK Press).
Tsige Tafesse’s work looks to wage intimacy in a world growing deeply disconnected. Through community organizing, multimedia journalism, curation, performance, and VR she conjures – building pathways from where we’ve been to where we could go. Collaboratively she’s a co-founder of BUFU (By Us For Us), a project based collective interested in Solidarity amongst Us, co-creating with You experimental models of organizing & making – generating prestige & mining time as a resource.
McKenzie Wark (she/her) is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International, and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. She teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.
Mandy Harris Williams is a multidisciplinary vocalization artist. Her work utilizes multimedia gestures to analyze and re-imagine desirability privilege as a real and mythological market and political force, Blackness, and its micro and macro structures.
Jenna Wortham is a sound healer, reiki practitioner, herbalist, and community care worker oriented towards healing justice and liberation. She is also a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and co-host of the podcast Still Processing. She is the proud editor of the forthcoming visual anthology Black Futures, out in December 2020 with One World. She is also currently working on a book about the body and dissociation.