Libby Nutt Williams
Annual Colloquium - 2002
Hardware, Software, Wetware, and Women
A Colloquium on Women and Technology
subRosa Art Collective
subRosa is a reproducible (cyber)feminist cell of cultural researchers committed to combining art, activism, and politics to explore and critique the effects of the intersections of the new information and biotechnologies on women's bodies, lives, and work. subRosa produces artworks, activist campaigns and projects, sneak attacks, publications, media interventions, and public forums that make visible the effects of the interconnections of technology, gender, and difference; feminism and global capital; new bio- and medical technologies and women's health; and the changed conditions of labor and reproduction for women in the integrated circuit. subRosa practices a situational embodied feminist politics nourished by conviviality, self-determination, and the desire for affirmative alliances and coalitions. You can visit subRosa and examples of subRosa's work at http://www.artswire.org/subrosa and http://www.cmu.edu/emmag.
The entertaining and audience-participatory show, "Sex and Gender Ed in the Biotech Century," puts a high-tech twist into the use of time-honored low-tech classroom methods and teaching aids-such as slide shows, workbook projects, and role-playing-to inspire critical thinking about the effects of the new repro-genetic technologies on sexuality, reproduction, and gender in the Biotech Century. The show includes segments on: How to Have a Baby with the New ReproTech; What is the Human Genome Project, and Why Should You Care?; Recombinant Genetics and Genetic Engineering; and Applied Social Genetics (Social Eugenics). Participants are involved in a full range of learning activities, and the show ends in a "Mixer" during which participants match up with a genetically ideal mate to produce the perfect baby. subRosa includes Faith Wilding, Christina Hung, Laleh Mehran, Hyla Willis, Michelle Wright (a.k.a. the subRosa Art Collective).