Institut Ramon LLull

Gaia Leandra & Ce Quimera participate at Fem_Lab, a feminist artists exchange program between Catalonia and Austria

Arts.  Austria, 25/05/2022

From May 30 to June 5, the artists Gaia Leandra and Ce Quimera, in residence at the Hangar Wetlab in Barcelona, will carry out a collaboration with Vienna based feminist hackers collective Mz*Baltazar's Laboratory. The artistic exchange is part of the project Fem_Lab Exchange Catalonia – Austria.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Institut Ramon Llull and the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to Central Europe to promote a feminist artists exchange between the two territories, Austria and Catalonia. It will be part of the Feminist Hardware Festival and has been fostered by the feminist hackers collective Mz*Baltazar's Laboratory.

During the exchange program, Austria’s capital will host two public events within the framework of the Feminist Hardware Festival. On the 30th May, 19h, the artist talk The Wetness of Hacking at the Angewandte Innovation Lab where the two collectives will present their artistic work and the projects they are developing. Two days after, the 1st June, the resident artists at WetLab will present the Workshop Bioxeno at Mz*Baltazar's Laboratory.

The aim is to promote an artistic, scientific and academic exchange between Catalonia and Central Europe. Through this dialogue the artists share technical innovations in order to produce ethical hardware and sustainable materials. The actions impact the Central European framework, but they also seek to promote the transfer of academic knowledge between the two hubs.

The collaboration agreement contemplates inviting a Catalan feminist artist or collective to participate in a short residency in Vienna and deliver a presentation of their work within workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists talks.

Gaia Leandra and Ce Quimera

Wetlab is a space where hybrid interactions disrupt the boundaries between art and science while also informing a transhackfeminist vision, and a critical revision of science as an institution. Located at Hangar in Barcelona is currently coordinated by resident artists Gaia Leandra + Ce Quimera. It hosts workshops, presentations, research residences, collective work processes and discussions to promote projects to offer alternative perspectives in order to rethink possible futures.

Vienna partner, feminist collective Mz*Baltazar’s Lab, wants to provide a safer space for people who traditionally have been excluded from or have felt unsafe in environments for learning science or using technology. It wants to encourage those people (women and trans individuals) to participate and deliver workshops that bring together art and technology for a critical understanding of social structures. Currently the collective is formed by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, Patrícia J. Reis, Taga Torosyan and Stefanie Wuschitz.

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