Feminism, Cyber/Cypherpunk and the Liquid Future with Shu Lea Cheang

In the frame of COVEN BERLIN’s queer feminist art festival “I’D RATHER BE A GODDESS THAN A CYBORG,” a talk with the acclaimed digital artist Shu Lea Cheang was hosted, where she delved into her new film project and spoke about her views on feminism and cyber/cypherpunk art.

Following the acclaimed cyberpunk movie I.K.U., which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and screened worldwide, Shu Lea Cheang is set to direct FLUIDØ in 2015 with Juergen Bruning Filmproduktion and Berlin-based crew and cast members.
Set in a post-AIDS past future, while the Government rushes to declare an AIDS FREE era, the mutated AIDS virus gives birth to ZERO GEN. These gender fluid ZERO GENs are the bio-drug carriers whose white fluid is the hyper drug for the 21st century, taking over the markets of the 20th century white powder high. The new drug code named DELTA diffuses through skin contacts and gives an addictive high; a high that pumped up all needle entry points with sen-sexual-sation.

Shu Lea Cheang is a multimedia art pioneer working since the eighties. She has has worked in the field of net-based installation, social interface, networked performance and film production. Her work traverses between hard and soft, sex and politics, fiction and reality, fantasia and earth-bound.

One of her major works, Brandon (1998-1999) gathers its name from brutally murdered young transman Brandon Teena and conveys the “fluidity and ambiguity of gender and identity in contemporary societies.” It was also the first web-based commisioned art work by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. A prime example of cyberfeminism, Brandon utilizes technology as a means to break down social assumptions about gender in both the realm of technology and in society at large.
Cheang’s focus is set on deconstructing the economic machinations of the Internet: its virtual and real exchanges of commodities driven by profit, power, and desire.

Event supported by Mobile Kino