Kicking off the DIGITAL SPRING Festival, Stefanie Wuschitz will discuss social and cultural standby modes and how we can escape them. Technological advancements play a significant role in this as hackers and developers are aware that in the existing systems we are all initially in an uncomfortable standby mode. There is no need for permissions; we just need knowledge, friends and courage to switch to edit mode. In order to make a democratic decision on the role which AI, algorithms and machine learning should play in our lives, we need as many technicians as there are people in this world.
Stefanie Wuschitz works at the intersection of research, art and technology, with a particular focus on critical media practices (feminist hacking, open source technology, peer production). She graduated with an MFA in Transmedia Arts in 2006. 2008 she completed her Masters at TISCH School of the Arts at New York University and became Digital Art Fellow at Umeå University in Sweden. 2009 she founded the feminist hackerspace and art collective ‚Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory‘ in Vienna. In 2014 she finished her PhD on ‚Feminist Hackerspaces’ at the Vienna University of Technology. She held research and Post-Doc positions at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology, Michigan University, Universität der Künste Berlin and is currently project leader of an FWF research project on ‚Feminist Hacking. Building Circuits as an Artistic Practice’ affiliated to Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is also working on artistic research projects, e.g. on Digitalization and Feminism in Indonesia and exhibiting her art work in international venues.