Digital Power

The ACM SIGGRAPH, Digital Arts Community announces the 2020 online exhibition:

DIGITAL POWER:  Activism, Advocacy and the Influence of Women Online

NOW LIVE: http://digital-power.siggraph.org

See also special event at SIGGRAPH 2020 introducing the exhibition: http://dac.siggraph.org/s2020

DIGITAL POWER:  Activism, Advocacy and the Influence of Women Online will focus on the work of women: digital artists, storytellers, designers, gamers, film/video makers and other visionary digital content providers in an exhibition that inspires, empowers, and supports women. The online exhibition is curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, curator of the 2015 DAC online exhibition “Enhanced Vision: Digital Video.”  DIGITAL POWER is a project of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community.

DIGITAL POWER celebrates the fact that women have been actively working in the digital arts for decades, although they have enjoyed too little prominence or recognition.  Women’s experiences are unique from those of men’s experiences, therefore their stories and artworks are uniquely female. Without placing value judgements regarding the differences, a specific focus on the female perspective, within the largely male domain of digital arts, points out the significant contributions by women to the digital arts.

Kathy Rae Huffman has a long history of curating both female centric and digital exhibitions, which began in the early 1980s.  Huffman was the organizing curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art for ‘At Home’ (1983), the 10th anniversary exhibition of the Woman’s Building (Los Angeles), working with guest curator and feminist art historian Arlene Raven (1944-2006). That same year, Huffman curated “The Artist and the Computer” one of the first exhibitions devoted to artists and computers, also shown at the Long Beach Museum of Art, which included numerous women among the 35 artists included. In 1995, Huffman curated ‘Dar~Links,’ for the Ars Electronica (Linz) server. One of the first (if not the first) online exhibitions, she selected a website by a woman each month for the period of a year. She co-authored the multi-media column Pop~Tarts (with Margarete Jahrmann, Vienna), for the German online publication, Telepolis Journal, covering net issues from a female perspective (1996-1999).  In 1997, Huffman co-founded the online community for women, FACES: Gender-Art -Technology (www.faces-l.net). This mailing list has built a strong community of women around the world, and it continues uninterrupted to be an internationally recognized online and offline female resource. Throughout her curatorial career Huffman has notably supported, commissioned and curated work by women. In 2018 and 2019 Huffman curated the exhibitions at the AWMAT conference (Alliance of Women in Media Art and Technology) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She has been a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community Committee since 2015.

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