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Tuesday, 4 May 2021 | 19:30-21:00 [CET]
I MIGHT BE [READING] WRONG – vol VI
Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto, by Legacy Russell [Online Reading]
I might be [READING] wrong continues before taking a short break. This week we will delve into the second chapter of the book Legacy Russell’s Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020).
No prior reading is needed – let’s meet, read out loud, listen and discuss.
Tuesday 4 May, 19:30 – 21:00 [CEST] (via zoom). This reading group is held in English. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register and receive the zoom link.
I might be wrong is an ongoing explorative series of events and conversations that tackles the topics of challenges as learning curves and experimentations.
„In a society that conditions the public to find discomfort or outright fear in the errors and malfunctions of our socio-cultural mechanics—illicitly and implicitly encouraging an ethos of “Don’t rock the boat!”—a “glitch” becomes an apt metonym. Glitch Feminism, however, embraces the causality of “error”, and turns the gloomy implication of glitch on its ear by acknowledging that an error in a social system that has already been disturbed by economic, racial, social, sexual, and cultural stratification and the imperialist wrecking-ball of globalization—processes that continue to enact violence on all bodies—may not, in fact, be an error at all, but rather a much-needed erratum. This glitch is a correction to the “machine”, and, in turn, a positive departure.“ (L. Russell, The Society Pages, 2013)
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Simone de Beauvoir said, “One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.”
The glitch announces: One is not born, but rather becomes a body.
The divide between the digital and the real world no longer exists: we are connected all the time. What must we do to work out who we are, and where we belong? How do we find the space to grow, unite and confront the systems of oppression? This conflict can be found in the fissures between the body, gender and identity. Too often, the glitch is considered a mistake, a faulty overlaying, a bug in the system; in contrast, Russell compels us to find liberation here. In a radical call to arms, Legacy Russell argues that we need to embrace the glitch in order to break down the binaries and limitations that define gender, race, sexuality.
Glitch Feminism is a vital new chapter in cyberfeminism, one that explores the relationship between gender, technology and identity. In an urgent manifesto, Russell reveals the many ways that the glitch performs and transforms: how it refuses, throws shade, ghosts, encrypts, mobilises and survives. Developing the argument through memoir, art and critical theory, Russell also looks at the work of contemporary artists who travel through the glitch in their work. Timely and provocative, Glitch Feminism shows how an error can be a revolution. (Verso, 2020)
Legacy Russell is a curator, writer, and artist. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds a dual-major B.A. with Honors from Macalester College in Art History & Studio Art and English & Creative Writing with a focus in Gender Studies, and an MRes with Distinction in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual.