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obn_a – A situated Archive of the Old Boys Network
The project is about the creation of an open-source and multi-lingual archive of the cyberfeminist alliance Old Boys Network. OBN was launched at documenta x as part of the Hybrid Workspace where it held the 1st Cyberfeminist International in September 1997. In the following years, the network held regular international conferences, published readers and books and served as a platform for a plethora of cyberfeminist activities.
The guiding principles for the archiving process aresbased on a concept OBN itself proposed: “The mode is the message. The code is the collective.” The goal is to create an infrastructure that allows for research on cyberfeminism, its spirit, its objectives and its expressions in theory, art and visual culture, but also in hands-on-technology practice, as well as to understand, more broadly, the spirit of early internet culture. In a time where digital networked technologies have pervaded everyday lives in unexpected density, the renewed interest in early feminist criticism of technology shows it relevance as an essential source of inspiration for the development of contemporary forms of power-critical approaches to technology.
obn_archive is a collaboration between documenta archiv and the research station for documenta and exhibition studies at university of kassel.
Members of the team are (from left):
Cornelia Sollfrank, artistic director
Carina Herring, Kunsthochschule Kassel (project manager)
Nora Sternfeld, HfbK - University of the Arts Hamburg Hamburg (in advisory function)
Anja Steidinger, HfbK - University of the Arts Hamburg Hamburg (in advisory function)
Julia Stolba, archival assistant, HfbK.
Malin Kuht, archival assistant, Kunsthochschule/ Universität Kassel.
Dušan Barok, artist and archivist
Laurence Rassel, cultural worker, director of ERG Brussels
Michael Hiltbrunner, ZHdK, Zürich
Mela Dávila-Freire, Hamburg
Networks of Care (Anna Schäffler, Antje Weitzel, Nanne Buurman, Friederike Schäfer, Cornelia Sollfrank)