WAIT: Women Artists and Information Technology
An exhibition co-located with SEC-2012 Conference
Creta Maris Resort, Crete, Greece 3-7 June 2012
Women adopt and play multiple roles during their lifetime. In order to manage better their roles, women develop adaptability for using different methods and various media. One of the tools they use, often in their everyday life, is cutting edge technology and in particular IT.
Women use IT for social reasons (social media), or in order to get information (be informed about health issues, check the weather, use online maps, read up on current events), or for entertainment (watch video, play games), or for online shopping, or for market research, etc. Their familiarity with IT varies, depending on their age, status, education, as well as of the social developments of their time.
The increasing penetration of IT in our everyday life motivated several artists to exploit this technology for creating works of art. Women artists are also inspired by IT and seek to exploit it for creating works of art. Video, digital photos and other media are now often embedded in works of art. Nowadays, women artists are increasingly exploiting IT and creating avant guarde works of art. In several cases, their works require an (on-line or off-line) reaction with the viewer.
Through the use of IT, artists exploit the limits between the private and the public. They exploit the use of IT for serving society, as well as the impact of IT on our everyday life. Artists seem to, often, look for the elusive nature of bits and bytes and to try - through the artifacts - to exploit longer lasting conceptual systems.
In Greece, artists are increasingly experimenting with and creating mixed technique works of art. These works revisit the relationship between science, language, education, tradition, knowledge, history, and ethics. Women artists have already experimented with the use of IT.
The artists who participate in this IT conference-hosted exhibition have a lasting presence in Greece, as well as abroad. Their works of art appear in museums and private collections, and combine Art with Science and Technology. These artists address issues, such as memory, information, knowledge and education.
Artemis Alcalay (www.alcalay.com)
Keti Haliori (www.keti-haliori.com)
Christina Mitrentse (www.christinamitrentse.net)
Eri Skygrianni (web.me.com/eri_skyrgianni)
Mina A. Karagianni