November 29, 2012
Maia Creus and Ines Martins interview about the documentary

How did the documentary "Art Practices [between] Gender and Technology"? Research has been a project of the Departmental Unit of Analysis, Design and Society School of Design ESDi and has been a project funded by the Institut Català de les Dones. What is the purpose of the project? The research, based on a feminist perspective, and performance studies, aims to identify and analyze those artists developing collective and collaborative practices using new technologies in their processes. The film wants to make visible and publicize the work and commitment of the current creators regarding social potentialities of free technologies. As well, research networks and free pedagogies that encourage socialization of knowledge and collaborative work. The project focuses on new technologies and their potential. Where is the social and creative potential of these new technologies? In its educational potential: knowledge sharing, exchange, collaborative work, etc.. They are also very important as they allow us to jump borders and physical space. Thus ICT can promote a more just and more democratic. Do you have the feeling that there is more potential now than years ago? The creative potential of new technologies is growing and we can detect, for example, in the field of art practices, called Art in new media, but is equally spectacular creativity that enhance the new technologies in other disciplines, such as design or association communities. How to locate labored interest groups that appear in the documentary? We conducted in-depth interviews with the artists and groups. We value your speech, identifying subjective factors, personal, cultural, social, economic and political. We were interested in selecting groups of artists using new technologies as a platform of knowledge, mediation, communication and free distribution. And this selection emerged artists featured in the final... Artists like Núria Güell, Lilia Villafuerte, Donestech, Miniprimer.Tv, Chicks on Speed, and so on. You speak about new technologies but in a feminist way. Why? Noting the gender discourse and critical theories we find that these new technological practices applied to the field of art made visible, so visionary or delusional, new ways of understanding male-female tension. In this area we find the concept of cyberfeminism, as a way to understand the cyborg in the terms proposed by Donna Haraway (go beyond feminist premises before the seventies). But, although they have high hopes for this sector even as Judy Wacjman explains, the cultural stereotype technology establishes man as suitable activity. And this is seen in art-technology field. The technology applied to art remains an area mainly occupied by men. But, curiously, in Catalonia we have found a strong effervescence of artists and groups that are trying to reverse the situation. Year to year grow and collective events such as Corpus Femlek Deleicti, Donestech, Generatech working in this line. With your research are you discover new concepts and ways of working? Above all we have seen that we knew is much more important than we thought. Certainly creativity that enhance new technologies and traveling freely through the network is important. But what is more important is that, through it, was re-configured to access other forms of knowledge, new sensibilities, new behaviors, new intentions, new purposes that stop responding only to the regulations of the establishment. And, finally, what is the message that you would like to reach the viewer? We would like to inform you about new technologies are harnessed ideas and creative works silent, but a potential long-term socially effective, responsive to the idea of ​​community, collaboration, sustainability, equality. Precisely these are the values ​​promoted by feminist theory, the effects feminist that should promote new technologies use and expansion if you want, also, a humanist and liberating dimension .