In recognition of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Sedition is celebrating the wealth of talent contributing to global equality and diversity in the arts.
We've selected a group of exceptional artworks from a few of the world's most exciting female artists, and we're also sharing some news from International Women showcasing their talents and emerging into the scene.
The New Brutalists by Jane & Louise Wilson
The New Brutalists is Jane & Louise Wilson’s digital photograph created in reaction to a proto-feminist suffragette image taken in 1910 that was included in a 1953 Architectural Review Article entitled “The New Brutalism”. The photography captures the female gymnasts in a neatly defined frame. The movements of gymnasts are turned into visual components of the image composing a certain rhythm with gymnastic equipment. This evokes questions and awareness about the gaze on women and their bodies and how women “employ their own kind of self-surveillance.”
Virtual Venus 2: The Muse by Francesca Fini
The Virtual Venus collection is a set of four artworks by Francesca Fini. Fini reinterprets the head of the Venus de Milo, a long-established symbol of beauty and femininity in a 3D environment. With vibrant colour textures, hand-drawn lines and ornate patterns, the head is reconstructed in the artist’s imagination unfolding the different possibilities in contemporary contexts.
#digitalFeelings by Sofia Cianciulli
#digitalFeelings is a moving image artwork by Sofia Cianciulli, released on Sedition as part of the Digital Bodies collection. Cianciulli investigates the female body in contemporary communication, especially focusing on social media. A female figure appears and moves in a certain scope of the screen, shaped like a mobile phone. It questions the relationship between the image of the female body and social media which is closely knitted with larger social context.
News from female Artists on the Scene
Anna Ridler presents her work, Myriad (Tulips) at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum as a part of the exhibition Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Human Dreams. The exhibition provokes questions around the development of Artificial Intelligence and how human life gets impacted and changed with technology. Myriad (Tulips) presents thousands of photographs of tulips with handwritten annotations, which is a handmade dataset of the artist revealing the unseen human contribution to the machine learning process.
About Anna Ridler
Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who works with information, data and artificial intelligence technology investigating systems of knowledge and how technologies are created in order to better understand the world.
Schürrer’s artworks On Longing (2018), Virtualized (2020) and We are already history, and we don’t know it (2021) are now presented at Centre Pompidou as a part of the exhibition, Worlds of Networks. A collage of both abstract and figurative elements in her digital works are situated at the thin line between physical and virtual worlds examining the materiality and materiality.
About Dagmar Schürrer
Dagmar Schürrer is a media artist working primarily with the digital image, found and generated to form a visual language to reflect on the peculiar characteristics and the societal and individual implications of digital space.
Laura Splan’s solo exhibition Rhapsody for an Expanded Biotechnological Apparatus is currently displayed in Tang Teaching Museum till 10th April 2022. Splan presents a site-specific, tactile sound installation Lumen & Chaperone.
The artwork aims to unfold the labour of animals - llamas and alpacas - who are used to produce antibodies for human drugs like vaccines with multisensory experiences.
About Laura Splan
Laura Splan is a transdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of science, technology, and culture. Her research-driven projects connect hidden artifacts of biotechnology to everyday lives through embodied interactions and sensory engagement. Her conceptually based art practice combines a wide range of media including experimental materials, digital media, and craft processes.
Top image: Virtual Venus 1: Mater by Francesca Fini