From 1991-1997, the artists Josephine Starrs (http://sysx.org/starrs), Julianne Pierce (http://sysx.org/jules), Francesca Da Rimini (http://sysx.org/gashgirl) and Virginia Barratt comprised VNS Matrix. They created installations, events and public art works in Australia and internationally.
With backgrounds in photography, film, video, music, performance, writing, feminism and cultural theory, VNS Matrix coined the term ‘cyberfeminism’ along with Sadie Plant in the early 1990s. The impetus of VNS Matrix was to investigate and decipher the narratives of domination and control which surround high technological culture, and explore the construction of social space, identity and sexuality in cyberspace. The project which they pursued was one of debunking the masculinist myths which might alienate women from technological devices and their cultural products. They believed that women who hijack the tools of domination and control introduce a rupture into a highly systematised culture by infecting the machines with radical thought, diverting them from their inherent purpose of linear topdown mastery.
- Journal Article
- RealTime + On Screen: Working the Screen 2001, Kirsten Krauth, Virginia Baxter, Keith Gallasch (eds.), no. 45, Oct/Nov 2001, English
- RealTime, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- net.art, Wayne Ashley. Realtime + On Screen no. 45 Oct/Nov 2001: Working the Screen 2001, journal article [pdf 1.09MB]