FEMeeting: Berlin 2023
Berlin | June 15-18th, 2023
In the framework of the group exhibition Matter of Flux (Berlin, May-July 2023), Art Laboratory Berlin in collaboration with FEMeeting launch the conference MATTER OF FLUX | Women in Art, Science and Technology followed by workshops and events taking place in Berlin, June 15-18th, to enhance networking between artists and scientists.
As a community FEMeeting is driven by the desire to develop and promote a more direct collaboration at the level of artistic and research projects between all individuals who identify themselves as Women, independently of their sex. In this sense, FEMeeting events aim to disseminate projects being undertaken by women worldwide and, as a result: a) to contribute to the development of art-science research methodologies and b) to the growth of cooperation strategies that can increase knowledge sharing and bring communities closer.
Launched in 2017, the idea behind “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” was orchestrated by the Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes and scholar Dalila Honorato. It started as a conference in which, to facilitate personal networking, most of the program is organized as closed sessions, only for the conference speakers, but the program also includes, a few public sessions that aim to encourage participation and attendance among all individuals interested in the topics of the conference independently of their gender.
With COVID-19 and the cancellation of the FEMeeting 2020 gatherings in Troy and Paris FEMeeting reshaped its call for participation to its community and launched “FEMeeting: WEB” dedicated to the presentation of digital contributions reflecting personal responses to the pandemic. These works were presented in the FEMeeting event “Antibodies” (May 2020) and in the FEMeeting event for Kepler’s Gardens at Ars Electronica Festival (September 2020). Between March 2020 and November 2021, during the multiple lock-downs around the world, Marta and Dalila hosted what became known as “Teapot Chat”, a periodical casual and unstructured online conversation between members of the FEMeeting community. Additionally, in the Spring 2021, was launched “Sister Labs” in partnership with Ectopia Experimental Art Laboratory (PT), Nature Lab (US) and Incubator Art Lab Studio (CA), where FEMeeting members addressed to the community of women in art, science and technology an invitation to their lab spaces. Finally, in Summer-Fall 2021, two small gatherings were conducted: one in the Catskills, NY (US) hosted by the Three Phase Center and the other in Berlin (DE), hosted by the Art Laboratory Berlin, and in September 2022, the third FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology took place.
The outcomes of the FEMeeting conferences (Cultivamos Cultura et al., Portugal: 2018, 2019 and 2022) have been many and, though most are intangible, among the project’s distinguishable objectives there are: (a) a strong personal support through instant internet communication between women doing research work (in the broadest sense of the term) in art, science and technology, (b) the encouragement towards the formation of local nodes to support research and artistic creation developed to enable a wide network of direct communication among them and encourage trust, and c) the incentive to uncover and achieve legitimization of women’s work through publishing, academic and other formats.
Besides the above, the FEMeeting Summer 2023 gatherings in Berlin and Taos, New Mexico are an opportunity to address community issues such as all women’s health, security, diversity and sustainability, in the framework of international rights on gender equality and women empowerment.