Interactive Art Workshop and exhibition for Women Artists
Artists Stefanie Wuschitz and Lesley Flanigan visited Copenhagen and did a residency - sponsored by Cph Air - in March 2013.
Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory is both an international network for women working creatively with technology and a local feminist hackerspace in Vienna, Austria. Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory’s goal is to encourage local and international connections among women working with creative technology.
Built upon the ideology that art practice can be a critical impetus for social change, Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory tackles the universal difficulty that women frequently are a minority in both the development and application of new technologies. Art+Innovation Hub has invited artists behind the initiative, Stefanie Wuschitz (AT) and Lesley Flanigan (US), to Copenhagen to introduce Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory to female, Danish artists.
The exhibited projectswere the results of a week-long workshop process where Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory has introduced both technical and social possibilities to the participants. The projects are the outcome of a collaborative process where demystifying technology and developing a shared knowledge is as important as the individual ability to use creative technological tools. The workshop was held at the makerspace Labitat. The results from the workshop are exhibited in Science Friction, thus also connecting various spaces working creatively with technology in Copenhagen. Furthermore, the workshop has resulted in the establishment of a local unit of Miss Balthazar’s Laboratory in Copenhagen that will meet at least once a month in Labitat.
Read more about Miss Baltazar’s laboratory here: mzbaltazarslaboratory.org
The workshop, exibition and talk was supported by the Danish Arts Council, The Austrian Embassy and Cph Air – Copenhagen Municipality.
About the instructors
Stefanie Wuschitz is a technologist, teacher and artist working on her doctorate in the Visual Cultures
Unit of Viennas Technical University. Researching interactive public art produced by women artists,
she uses mobile technologies to create installations and invite users to playfully experiment with the
construction of unique social and collaborative spaces. After graduating with honors from the University
of Applied Arts in Vienna (2006) and completing her masters at New York Universityfs ITP program
(2008) in the United States, Wuschitz spent a year at HUMlab in Sweden working as a digital art fellow
and organizing the Eclectic Tech Carnival 2009, a conference for women working with open source
technology. In order to build a more established network of women artists working with electronics and
digital media, she founded Miss Baltazarfs Laboratory, a series of weekly workshop sessions where
guests share their knowledge of open source software and design techniques with other artists. She
continues to host Miss Baltazarfs Laboratory sessions on a weekly basis at Metalab in Vienna, and it
will be presented at the Ars Electronica 2010.
Stefanie Wuschitzfs art has been exhibited at Worm (Rotterdam), Brienner (Munich), OKNO (Brussel),
Galleri Verkligheten, Bildmuseet and HUMlab (Umea, Sweden), Northern Center of Photography in
Oulu, Galeria Hippolyte Helsinki, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Videonale Kunstmuseum (Bonn),
Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), Goethe Institute Damaskus (Syria), Gallery The Parlour (London), Arthall
Mucanok (Budapest). She has taught at universities and art institutions internationally including the
University of Applied Arts (Vienna), University of Technology (Vienna), Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna),
University of Salzburg, Hyperisland (Stockholm), Umea Institute of Design (Sweden), Campus Party
(Madrid), Tactical Media Conference (Brooklyn), Metalab (Vienna), .istirna (Prague), and HUMlab
(Sweden). www.grenzartikel.com www.mzbaltazarslaboratory.org
Lesley Flanigan is a New York-based sound sculptor, composer, vocalist, and performer. Inspired by
the physical materiality of sound, she focuses on amplification itself as the subject of her work, which
weaves sounds from voice with hand-built electronics. Her current project Amplifications features six
of her custom speaker feedback instruments and her own singing voice. As a sculptural installation,
performance and album of musical compositions, she has toured Amplifications internationally with over
30 solo performances in both the United States and Europe, sharing bills with such eclectic artists as
Tristan Perich, Lucky Dragons, Blevin Blectum, Phil Niblock, Connie Beckley and NOW Ensemble. In
addition to her solo work, she also collaborates with R. Luke DuBois in Bioluminescence, an improvised
music performance that explores the modality of human voice through projected, live interactive video.
She has also wielded a soldering iron as both a guest performer and workshop instructor for the circuit
constructing noise group, the Loud Objects.
Her work has been presented in numerous venues, festivals, and art spaces internationally including
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Sonar (e10 Barcelona), Transitio_MX (e09, Mexico
City), NIME (e08 Genoa; e09 Pittsburgh), ICMC (e07, Copenhagen), Bent (e08 Los Angeles; e09 New
York), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco), Monster
Truck Gallery (Dublin) and NBI (Berlin). Her art has been exhibited at the ISEA conference in Singapore,
Busan International Design Festival in South Korea, RCADfs Selby Gallery and MCLAfs Gallery 51.
She has spoken about her work and hosted numerous workshops internationally at universities, art
foundations and hacker spaces including Harvestworks (New York), Dorkbot NYC (New York), the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), Wellesley College, the Copenhagen School of Architecture
(Copenhagen) and Metalab (Vienna), and has been a resident artist at arts/electronics organizations
LEMUR (Brooklyn, NY) and WORM (Rotterdam). She studied sculpture at the Ringling College of Art
and Design and received her masters in media technology from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. www.lesleyflanigan.com
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