The Network as Artist: Cyberfeminism and Decolonial Perspectives

CĂ©lin Jiang

How can we infiltrate digital technologies, social media, and creative tools from a cyberfeminist and decolonial perspective? What is the potential of co-creation within a complex space?

Digital technologies have revolutionized the way we interact, create, and represent ourselves in the world. They are also at the heart of the construction of identities and power structures.

Co-creation is a form of artistic agency that enables individuals to reclaim technologies, develop spaces of resistance, subvert established norms, and generate new transcultural aesthetics. It is particularly important in a cyberfeminist and decolonial context, as it allows individuals to come together and share ideas, create spaces for dialogue and collaboration, and resist systems of power that perpetuate inequality.

To explore the paradoxical role of technologies in the construction of new subjectivities, we will explore, through a corpus of texts and artistic works, concepts such as technoprecarity, cyberrace, posthumanism, queer theory, and identity politics within the digital humanities. These concepts will help us understand how technological co-creative principles can be used to challenge or reinforce established norms, but also to develop means of resistance, particularly by cyberfeminist and decolonial communities.

Our qualitative approach explores individual experiences, drawing on care epistemology, which emphasizes the relationship between knowledge and care. We are committed to maintaining a learning environment where students can feel supported and encouraged to explore their creativity.

This Lab.Zone aims to foster a critical mindset towards our contemporary practices and productions, through a transdisciplinary practice that promotes co-creation while also singularizing an individual artistic position. We will question how digital transformation can offer practical perspectives on the integration of these elements to promote inclusive and dissident networked expression.

We will also discuss the practical aspects of implementing these new forms and processes, and we will help each other find frameworks, techniques, and support systems to address the material and conceptual challenges we face. We recognize that community is essential to the sustainability of artistic practice.

Part of Cybercultures
This Lab.Zone is held in French and in English. Course credit is given based on attendance and participation.