HTMlles 2003, the sixth edition of Festival.

Theme: Active Agent

Studio XX, Montreal’s foremost women’s digital resource centre, is proud to present the 6th edition of Maid in Cyberspace, an international media art festival which will take place from February 4th to 8th at the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, 2022 Sherbrooke East (at the corner of de Lorimier). The festival features a selection of the most innovative works by Canadian and international Web artists. Activities include the exhibition of contemporary web art, installations, concerts, conferences and artists’ presentations. Aimed at both the techno-savvy and the general public alike, Maid in Cyberspace/Les HTMlles offers an unparalleled opportunity to share and explore the web’s diverse possibilities for creation. For this year’s edition and in keeping with its critical investigations of women and their appropriation of technologies, Maid in Cyberspace 06 focuses upon subversive acts by ‘intelligent agents’ and cultural hackers who seek to propose new positions and possibilites vis-a-vis technocratic practices. How does one raise courageous and bold voices that dare to act in the drifts of cyberspace? How does one practice resistance in an arena heavily charged with oppressive discourses?

This year’s festival will feature ambitious works investigating various forms of resistance by artists from Canada, the United States, Italy, Albania, Australia and Russia-Finland. Works by Coco Fusco, Stephanie Rothenberg, Pascale Malaterre, Tamara Vukov, Michelle Teran, Nunatinnit Nomadic Media Lab, Agnese Trocchi, Lindart, Olga Goriunova, Mara Verna, Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark can be viewed daily from 3 PM at the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault as well as at On Friday, February 7th, an interactive on-line performance will be held between Montreal and Quebec City with both locales being united by a live web cast of The Real Show by Smartbodies. Utilizing a chat environment and text reader, the performance will critically situate an real time exchange between online participants in Montreal and physical participants in Quebec City.

Three conferences will take place during the festival. Experts, artists and activists from different communities will engage in discussions that will familiarize the public in ways they too can be instigators of social change. Conferences include: Women, Technology and Social Action (Wednesday, February 5th), Front End / Back End – Women and Computers (Thursday, February 6th), and Subversive Actions (Saturday, February 8th).

A catalogue bringing together essays by three artists and writers of international reputation – Katherine Liberovskaya (Quebec), Nina Czegledy (Canada) et Marina Grzinic (Slovenia) – will offer theoretical and feminist counterpoint on the theme of Active Agent.

An evolving program of women and their machines, from delicate actuelle and experimental to orchestral, electropop, techno, and electropunk. The Free Radical Concert Series features a roster of bands, dj`s and electroacoustic composers including: Magali Babin and I8U, Alice and the Serial Numbers, Myléna Bergeron, Alexis O’Hara, [sic], Nanobot Auxillary Ballet, Lederhosen Lucil, Kathy Kennedy, Haeyoung Kim, Lesbians on Ecstacy, Les Georges Leningrad, and Anna Friz & Annabelle Chvostek.

Studio XX will be hosting a three-day after-school course in radio production and journalism for students in grades 9 through 11. Students will learn all about airwaves, building transmitters, sound production, and producing radio features. CKUT 90.3 FM will air their work during a two-hour broadcast on Saturday, February 8th at 2 PM. Musical guest Lederhosen Lucil will perform her casio-driven hösemusik during the broadcast.

The Web site will have a double role this year. It will continue to be the meeting place for local and international Net surfers (more than 800,000 hits recorded in February 2002, of which more than 350,000 during the week of the festival) to visit the works and access information on all the activities that will be taking place throughout the event. It will also propose an active and experimental zone which will host a series of interventions, links and contributions made by the public each day, through a dynamic and media-rich interface. Come join us, take a stand, leave your mark!

The festival kicks off with its traditional wine and stinky cheese party on February 4th from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m at the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, 2022 Sherbrooke East (at the corner of de Lorimier, bus 24 or metro Frontenac). All are welcome. Conferences are $3. Concerts are $5. All activities are free for members. A one-year Studio membership can be purchased on-site for $20.

Studio XX and Festival Staff:
General Director: Lise Gagnon
Programming Coordinator: Karen Wong
Workshop Coordinator: Deborah VanSlet
Production Director and Concert Coordinator: Carrie Haber
Technical Director: Oana Spinu
Webmistress: Stéphanie Lagueux
Volunteer and Laboratory
Coordinator: Miriam Verburg
Accounting: Josée Laplace
Graphic Concept and Design: Tania Chiarotto
Web Assistant: Natasha-Alexandra Geerts
Web Programmer : Oana Spinu
Press Relations: Chistopher Diraddo and Patricia Kearns
Translation: Diane Bancroft, Margot Lacroix, Caroline Martel, Bernard Schutze
Proof-reading: Marcelle Roy (French) and Patricia Kearns (English)

The Studio thanks all its volunteers for their generous collaboration :
Erika Schneider, Aicha Raihari, Heidi Ekdahl, Julie Bordeleau, Laure Luquet, Sun-Hye Hwang, Samantha Caldicott, Elana Klemensburg, Angie persechino, Caroline Brisson, Christian Ganea, Marieve Desjardins, Luce Valliers, Stefana Lamasanu, Marie Soliel Blais, Nikol Mikus, Caroline Kunzle, Radmila Radojevic, Alisha Fisher, Anna Sarkissian, Neil Griffith, Trina McKinley, Julie Paradis, M.-Chantale Desrosiers, Riley Rempel, Sarah Torrey, Stanie Surtalova

Liens web:
HTMlles 2003