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Cybersalon: Venus Rising

Venus Rising continues its series of panels on the feminine in technology with a discussion on interactivity. Where is mobile technology taking us in the 21st century? And do we want to go there? Lev Manovich and Sara Diamond lead this debate organised by Cybersalon, pioneers of critical debate and platforms for developments in new media and digital art.

With over 75% of the UK population owning a mobile phone, women are a crucial sector of the mobile market. However, most technology is developed by men, so is the feminine perspective being taken into account?

This free public debate at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre - the UK’s only venue for adults to discuss contemporary science - looks at the feminine in technology and asks: where is mobile technology taking us in the 21st century?

Led by Lev Manovich, one of today’s most influential thinkers in the fields of media arts and digital culture, this event will consider the future of technology through the lens of the feminine, at Venus Rising on Tuesday 20 September at the Dana Centre in South Kensington.

Questions raised will include: How can mobile technology help to shape the future in positive ways, not just for play and leisure but for social and economic growth, particularly in the developing world? How can we ensure the feminine perspective is taking into account when, currently, most technology is developed by men? Would mobile technology be different if it was shaped from a truly feminine perspective?

VENUS RISING is an initiative by Cybersalon which aims to bring these issues to the public agenda, through debate, research, artist residencies, creative labs and other collaboration. Its Campaign Group comprises 12 female practitioners working in with new technology in science, art and design.

Venus Rising: Mobile Technology· Date: Tuesday 20 September, 19.00-22.00 (doors open at 17.00 for food and drink)· Venue: The Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queens Gate, London, SW7 5HE · Nearest tube: Gloucester Road. · Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk· www.danacentre.org.uk · The Dana Centre is for over 18s only

Lev Manovich will look at where mobile technologies are taking society from the feminine perspective and Dr Lizbeth Goodman, Director SMARTLab, Central St Martins will chair the event.

“Feminine and masculine qualities exist in both females and males,” said Monica Biagioli, Venus Rising. “Technology favours masculine qualities. In our work, we are investigating what the feminine is, its current impact, and its potential to drive technology forward.

“Venus Rising aims to raise issues around access, participation, usage and future innovation. Our core aim is to advocate and explore women’s contribution to technology within a feminine paradigm. Men are not excluded from the dialogue – they are actively encouraged to take part.“

This event is hosted by the Science Museum’s Dana Centre and funded by The Arts Council of England and the Science Museum.

Further information, interviews and images are available from Lauren Gildersleve:
Science Museum Press Office, 020 7942 4328; 07989 979864; lauren.gildersleve@nmsi.ac.uk


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Date and Time:

20 September 2005 at 7:00 pm


3 hours



Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
+44 20 79 42 40 40
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Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk

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