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Hysterical Mining

The world of computing was powered by women until men, realizing how profitable the industry was becoming, pushed women out.

The first person to be what we would now call a coder was a woman: Lady Ada Lovelace. During WWII, women were pioneers in writing software for early computers. When the number of coding jobs exploded in the ’50s and ’60s, companies looked for programmers who were logical, good at math and meticulous. And for once, gender stereotypes worked in women’s favour.

The assumption that technology is inherently male is not only historically inaccurate, it is also unhealthy, to say the least. A technology designed by white males who had access to higher education serves mostly white men, at the expense of individuals with other skin colour, gender, background, etc. And since technology is playing an increasingly crucial role in the way society is being shaped, it is important that it doesn’t reflect the mindset of only a portion of the human race. But i’m sure you already know that.


Barbara Kapusta, The Giant, 2018. Installation view: Hysterical Mining, Kunsthalle Wien 2019, Photo: Jorit Aust

From the Archibald to Duchamp

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Archibald Exhibition 2019
Recently on a visit to Sydney I popped into the Art Gallery of New South Wales and saw the Archibald Prize 2019 exhibition and The Essential Duchamp from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.The only thing that they have in common is the $20 ticket price to enter each exhibition. This year’s Archibald is one of the most forgettable in years and the fairest outcome would have been to not have awarded the prize this year. Tony Costa got the $100,000 gong for a lacklustre portrait of the artist Lindy Lee. It is a particularly shallow painting that may try to engage with Lee’s practice as a Buddhist, but fails to capture any of the profundity of the artist’s practice

MOMENTUM10, the Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art

The ongoing edition of the MOMENTUM biennial opened a couple of weeks ago. The air was a bit nippy but the company and the artworks were good. MOMENTUM was founded 20 years ago in Moss, a coastal town an hour drive away from Oslo. The first few editions had a resolute focus on Nordic art, an ambition to showcase the cultural “Nordic Miracle.” Over time, however, curators realized that pinpointing a precise sense of “nordicness” was not opportune. Not in this interconnected world, not when society and the art sphere in Nordic countries were becoming more and more multi-cultural. Today, you can still sense a Nordic feeling but the event has opened up to international contributors.

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