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Workshop with Purple Noise: #imakenoise – Playing with störfaktors

Dortmunder U | 3rd Floor | 02/23/2019 , 12:00 - 02/24/2019, 12:00

Workshop by Purple Noise (#purplenoise) members Charlotte Bonjour, Cornelia Sollfrank and Johanna Thompson

While in communication studies and engineering noise has been conceived as unwanted disruption that obscures the transmission of precise information, the concept has made a career in artistic and other cultural practices that appreciate exactly this quality. With a long history in music, where noise has become a genre proper, it also made its way into visual, text and coding practices. Disruption, confusion, obfuscation, unpleasantness are no longer understood as errors that need to be eliminated, but rather as specific to a technology and carrying the potential for new ways of expression.

In this workshop, we will explore the subversive legacy of noise and look at different types of noise, by playing with analog and digital tools. From the sensual level, we will shift to the concept of noise in relation to social media. To noisify social media, we will experiment with manipulative strategies, which, by deliberately interfering or confusing on communication platforms, attempt to obscure or to falsify a message or information for its recipients.

Participants are asked to bring their own laptop. Access to social media accounts is welcome.

#purplenoise is an interdisciplinary technofeminist research group that uses real-life events to explore social media as the arena for large-scale political manipulation. The research methodolody includes intervention, infiltration, manipulation, technofeminist propaganda, poetry, fake news, love and anger.

The workshop will take place as part of HMKV's Computer Grrrls exhibition at the Dortmunder U.

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Participation is free of charge
Language: German and English



Charlotte Bonjour is a Berlin-based artist from Switzerland. She has a post-photographic practice and is currently using scanners for an image production that oscillates between fascination and mistrust for imaging technologies. Sometimes she swaps pictures for sound and bent circuits with Esel durch Wiederholung. She studied at the KHB in Berlin, at Hiroshima City University and at Bard College in New York.

Cornelia Sollfrank (PhD) is an artist, researcher and university lecturer, living in Berlin (Germany). Recurring subjects in her artistic and academic work in and about digital cultures are artistic infrastructures, new forms of (political) self-organization, authorship and intellectual property, techno-feminist practice and theory. She was co-founder of the collectives women-and-technology, - Innen and old boys network, and currently is research associate at the University of the Arts in Zürich for the project 'Creating Commons.' Her recent book Die schönen Kriegerinnen. Technofeministische Praxis im 21.Jahrhundert was published in August 2018 with transversal texts, Vienna. For more information, pls visit:

Johanna Thompson (US/D) is a Berlin based artist who received her BFA (1997) from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies from the GH Kassel and the University of London (2000). She was the recipient of a Sobel scholarship and a Socrates grant, in 2002 she received the Pinochet Award in the First Urban Doghouse Design Competition from Whitebox Gallery, New York. From 2003-2005 she held a position as visiting faculty for digital content and video production at Kyungsung and Dongseo Universities in Busan, Korea. In Berlin she is a freelance artist, occasional lecturer and artist coach for the bbk, a teacher for Critical and Creative Thinking at the HMKW, and she has been a guest lecturer for Performance Art at the Merz Akademie Stuttgart. Until 2012 she was a member of the experimental electro-folk duo Ostenderstrasse and is currently one half of the electronic music project "Heavy Swinging is Not Allowed". She has been a member of Purple Noise from its beginnings in 2018. Her works Birds and Vaal are available through EECLECTIC, Berlin, and the series Notes From The Underground, a collaboration with Ron Meyers as Umbra et Lux, was published last year by Decoy Magazine, Vancouver. Her work is project based and may incorporate sound, performance, drawings and text.

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Funder HMKV: Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity


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