Schaumbad—Freies Atelierhaus Graz

Machine Divas



Opening: 20.9., 18:00
Opening performances: Moon Ribas, Andrea Sodomka, and Cyberdiva

Art brunch: 22.9., 11:00
Symposium with talks by Anna Dumitriu, Evelyn Loschy, Moon Ribas, Boryana Rossa, Andrea Sodomka & Eva Ursprung,
and Mare Tralla


Parallel Program 2019

Production specifics
Artists: Shu Lea Cheang, Anna Dumitriu, Helen Varley Jamieson, Evelyn Loschy, Melinda Rackham, Moon Ribas, Boryana Rossa, Andrea Sodomka, and Mare Tralla
Curated by Eva Ursprung

Supported by steirischer herbst ’19

Whereas until recently women were considered unable to competently deal with technology and thus also incapable of helping create our brave new world, today many women artists work with internet platforms, interactive VR installations, and robotics. The exhibition Maschine Divas—a term coined by Virginia Eubanks in an interview with Survival Research Laboratories—offers a perspective on the diverse ways that women artists explore the potential of new technologies.

Within the scope of a project for IMA Institute of Media Archeology, Andrea Sodomka and Eva Ursprung worked from 2007 to 2009 on an overview of the positions of women artists who have dealt with “machine theater” in the broadest sense of the term: with the idea of a kinetic, electromagnetic, optical-phonetic theater; theater in real space and cyber space; theater that works with contemporary structures, techniques, and ideas.