Situating Utopia, towards the Virtual Feminist University, 03-17.03.2017, Poznan


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Fot. Tomasz Koszewnik

Dear People,
I would like to invite to you to the situation — the materialization of my Ph.D thesis.
We start on 03/03 at 7 pm in :SKALA Gallery in Poznan. 


On the first evening 03 / 03 / 7 pm in her audio play „Situated utopia, towards the Virtual Feminist University“ Sofi da East will take us through the particular bodily experience to the academic enlightenment

On the second evening 04 / 03 / 7 pm film screening “Abortion Democracy” of Sarah Diehl and the talk “Culture of Re-production” will take place. Sarah Diehl (Ciocia Basia) and Natalia Broniarczyk (Abortion Dream Team on Tour) will share their thoughts about the international abortion solidarity.

On the third evening 05 / 03 / 7 pm during the meeting “What Sex does the Academy have?”
Sandra Frydrysiak, Izabela Kowalczyk, Andrzej Marzec and Karolina Sikorska will name and deconstruct the normative perspective on art and science teaching at the academy, as well as articulate the possible directions for alternatives.

On the forth evening 06 / 03 / 7 pm the meeting “From Escapism to Activism” will take place, with the performance contribution of Washi Kuhi and presentations of Marina Naprushkina and Agnieszka Rozynska. Contributors, focusing on particular examples, will share their hands-on experience on how to use art as a practical tool of resistance.

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fot. Tomasz Koszewnik

The series of meetings, an audio play and an exhibition in becoming are a part of Manifa Poznan, which is a feminist expression of solidarity taking place every year in Poland at the weekend before the 8th of March.


Last night I had a dream, which may have a meaning

With these words begins one of the first feminist utopian stories “Man’s Rights; Or How Would You Like It?” written in 1870 by an american writer and activist Annie Denton Cridge.

Cridge describes here a vision of the world, in which gender roles are reversed; men take care of the house and children, they are deprived of voting rights and are invisible in a public sphere. They are irritated and overworked, they busy themselves with home chores, helping their offspring to get ready to school, washing dishes and putting wood into fireplaces; simultaneously their wives occupy themselves with reading morning newspapers.

From the narrator’s point of view men are absolutely unattractive, their complaining voices irritating, their lack of good manners violate her sense of good taste; women however — all day long absent from home, impatiently awaited by their children and husbands — are portrayed as beautiful, witty and independent.

Utopia of the Virtual Feminist University is a no!place, in which the patriarchal logic of domination — after its inversion— is being rejected, here the humanlike is a democratic addition to the complexity of organic matter. What counts as society is performed wide, transgressing the possibilities of anthropocentric rationality constraints. The orientation in space is facilitated by smell, taste and intuition. 

In order to embody the idea of the VFU it is recommended to keep the eyes closed, take a horizontal position, connect a bloodstream through a bluetooth with a server — download a virtual utopia; digest and converse — so as to smoothly introduce the organism on a digital metabolic path. 

Virtual Feminist University is a process of situating utopia

Imagine a place in the very center of a net — nicely warm, smelling of wet vanilla, of residual clay soil, shaded. The crackled syllables of Nina Simone flowing into the auricles, bits coding the accents, some creaks, quivering of burning wood and now „Space Is Only Noise If You Can See“, ta ta tara rara ta ta ta ta. Semidarkness — inside it the Virtual Feminist University has its residue — virtual underbelly pulsing with fresh life. 

You are walking downstairs, slowly, carefully, touching the soft palate of an info-sphere, the deeper you are the — just until now squeezed — body is more prone to the process of de-pixelisation; you are losing the compass of conventional identities; constructions, on which your humanistic symbolic presumptions hitherto depended on, are breaking down under the moderate pressure of algorithms.

Give up everything you know so far, you are 1/3 of the way

It is time to negotiate separation from the world of concrete oppositions, which anyhow, was never yours.

Don’t be afraid, a lot of us are already here. You are awaited by: Ursula Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Alexandra Kollontai, Audre Lorde and Monique Wittig. Judy Chicago is in charge of personalisation of the table, of the music arrangement — Delia Derbyshire. And it is all just to keep the vibrant ions moving and for the alchemy of liquid electrolytes to be conducted.

Work means violence, but you know it already, don’t you?

We will celebrate the descent to the iron reserves of the fertile codes under the eiderdown of retinal displays.

Utopia is not about changing roles, it is about producing worlds.

I would be very happy to feel you around,

Zofia nierodzinska

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Ciocia Basia:

Aborcyjny Dream Team on Tour:

Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit:

Manifa Poznan:



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Illegale Körper auf dem Auftakt bei der #nGbK in Berlin, 18-24.02



Das Projekt Illegale Körper setzt sich zusammen aus einer aktivistisch motivierten ästhetischen Recherche, aus Lesungen, Performances, Lectures, Gesprächsformaten und Begegnungen. Dabei wird das Ausstellungsformat als ein im Prozess entstehender Schutzraum für Schutzräume behandelt. Die Spuren des Prozesses als auch der Veranstaltungsreihe werden in einer Publikation (Zine) zusammengefasst, die als eine Art Handbuch zur Solidarisierung geschrieben und gestaltet wird. Parallel zur „Ausstellung im Werden“ und dem Rahmenprogramm (Lesungen, Performances, Lectures, Gesprächsformate) wird eine Webseite entwickelt, die das Geschehen in einer virtuellen Form zur Verfügung stellt und selbst als eine Plattform zur Vernetzung dienen kann. Das vorrangige Anliegen der Arbeitsgruppe ist es, die Materialität der Körper, die hinter Gesetzen und digitalen Repräsentationen verborgen bleibt, hervorzubringen und gemeinsam mit den Anwesenden einen sich materialisierenden Ort der Schutzräume und Empathie entstehen zu lassen.

#Veronika Albrandt #Wahshi Kuhi #Lisa Schwalb #Thomas Lindenberg #Elza Javakhishvili

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