by Mindy Seu
The internet is not only a network of cables, servers, and computers. It is an environment that shapes and is shaped by its inhabitants and their use. Edited by designer, professor, and researcher Mindy Seu, CYBERFEMINISM INDEX includes more than 700 short entries of radical techno-critical activism, academic articles, hackerspaces, software education, net art, and more. Both a vital introduction for laypeople and a robust resource guide for educators, CYBERFEMINISM INDEX—an anti-canon, of sorts—celebrates and makes visible cyberfeminism’s long-ignored origins and its expansive legacy.
CYBERFEMINISM INDEX is published by Inventory Press and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers and generously funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Rhizome, and Feral File, and is made possible in part by the Rutgers University Research Council, Pratt Institute, Pioneer Works, and Cita Press.
Foreword: Julianne Pierce of VNS Matrix
Afterword: Legacy Russell
Collections: Annie Goh, Charlotte Webb of Feminist Internet, Cornelia Sollfrank, Cyborgrrls, Helen Hester of Laboria Cuboniks, Irina Aristarkhova, Legacy Russell, Klau Chinche (Klau Kinky) of Gynepunk, Mary Maggic, Melanie Hoff of School for Poetic Computation, Neema Githere of Data Healing, Paola Ricaurte Quijano, Skawennati, VNS Matrix
Design: Laura Coombs
InDesign Scripting: Lily Healey
Editing: Andrew Scheinman
Editing Support: Eugenia Bell
Image Permissions: Danielle Wu
Image Permissions Support: Michelle Ding and Lauren Studebaker
Lithography: Marjeta Morinc
AR app: Tommy Martinez
Website Support: Angeline Meitzler
Mindy Seu has gifted us the extraordinary Cyberfeminism Index, a critical demonstration of the possibilities of techno-social systems informed by feminist discourse. This index of indexes is a compelling counter-narrative to the prevailing histories of tech, and should be required reading for anyone interested in the internet.
—Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression
This invaluable research tool will hugely expand, update, and perhaps even revolutionize the feminist discourse. It might even be considered a work of conceptual art in itself.
—Lucy R. Lippard, author of Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972
This book served as my doorway to cyberfeminism and I now see what an energetic continent awaits me. Anywhere I stepped it burned my hair off, it’s that brilliantly intense.
—Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired magazine
My index finger scrolls through the pages, the years, the generations of this volume. … The Index is a structure, a register, a pointer, a trigger. The open-ended pages invite the next intervention, variants vivant of ever mutating cyberfeminism.
—Shu Lea Cheang, artist
You can use it as a reference, follow a thread, or just access it at random and it delivers wit and wisdom from over three decades of one of the most politically and intellectually challenging movements of our era. What happens between sexed flesh and gendered tech? More than ever we all need to know.
—McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto
This is an archive perfectly suited to its material: at ease with impermanence, richly appreciative of contradiction, and expansive in scope. Mindy Seu and her cohort of collaborators celebrate the polyrhythmic chorus of voices that have made cyberfeminist thought so delightfully difficult to define—and invite new, kaleidoscopic reinterpretations of our last three decades of life online.
—Claire L. Evans, author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
The Cyberfeminism Index celebrates, troubles, and critiques the histories and futures of struggle against networked patriarchy—from its first libidinous eruptions to tenacious tactical disruptions and mutations. For theorists and hegemony hackers alike the Index offers an inspirational and educational resource for the urgent work of glitching and decolonizing intersectional internets now.
—Ruth Catlow, founder of Furtherfield
Thank you, Audrey Samson.
Thank you, Audrey Samson and David Brett.
Thank you, Jeannine Tang.
Thank you, Sheila Fakurnejad and Yasmina El-Khouri.
Thank you, Matthew Chrislip.
Thank you, Elise Hunchuck, Bani Brusadin, Jade Barget, and Nora O Murchú.
Thank you, Roland Frueh and Barbara Biederman.
Thank you, Benjamin Bratton, Nicolay Boyadjiev, and Jade Clemons.
Thank you, Morgan Ruby and Saba Babas-Zadeh.
Thank you, Natalia Sánchez Querubín and Ada Popowicz.
Thank you, Sara De Bondt and Heleen Sintobin, Thomas Desmet, Hilde Bouchez, Ronny Duquenne, and Bracke Evelien.
Thank you, David Bennewith.
Thank you, Benjamin Earl, Artemis Gryllaki, and Simon Browne.
Thank you, Helen Kaplinksy.
Thank you, Anja Lutz.
Thank you, Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss.
Thank you, Antonia Carrara.
Thank you, Nicolas Olier, Oksana Delaroff, Elsa Coustou, and Madeleine Planeix-Crocker for facilitation, and Guillaume Heuguet for the introduction.
Thank you, Bruno Mayrargue.
Thank you, Jonas Vogeli, Sarah Owens, and Geraldine Tedder for facilitation, and Emilie Appercé and Jürg Lehni for the introduction.
Thank you, Roland Frueh.
Thank you, Arianna Rubi Mainardi.
Thank you, Malkit Shoshan.
Thank you, Carolina Diaz and Laura Lopez.
Thank you, Melissa Aguilar and Jorge de la Garza.
Thank you, Paola Ricaurte Quijano.
Thank you, Rut-Karin Zettergren.
Thank you, Claudia Bestor and Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi.
Thank you, Jon Sueda and Rachel Berger.
Thank you, Cole Johnson.
Thank you, Joe Potts.
Thank you, Hailey Loman.
Thank you, Nora Khan.
Thank you, Legacy Russell.
Thank you, Patricia M. Hernandez.
Thank you, Emily Fitzpatrick.
Thank you, Ekrem Serdar.
Thank you, Shannon Harvey, Adam Michaels, and Mary Thompson.
Thank you, Celine Wong Katzman, Kayla Drzewicki, Derek Wright, and Michael Connor.
Thank you, Sarah Herda, Ava Barrett, and Alexandra Lee Small.
Thank you, Mendi Obadike.
Thank you, Barbara Calderon.
Thank you, Maggie Chang, Jonathan Chen, and Vincent Li.
Thank you, Chiara Siravo, Mustafa Emin, and Víctor Fancelli Capdevila.
Thank you, Laura Coombs, Marion Young, and Jeff Whetstone.
Thank you, Matthew Choi Taitano, Sarah Connell, and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram.
Thank you, Vera van de Seyp.
Thank you, Camilo Otero.
Thank you, Christina Daniels and Chris Masullo.
Thank you, Branden Collins, Ami Sueki, and Christopher Knowles.
Thank you, Rachel Valinsky, Flo Li, Sanjana Iyer, and Marian Churnovsky.
Thank you, Anja Kaiser.
Thank you, Christoph Knoth.
Thank you, Lina Martin-Chan and Arthur Röing Baer, and Sam Hart for the introduction.
Thank you, Richard Martin, Olivia Bailey, and Jane Scarth.