Cornelia Sollfrank on 20 Mar 2001 20:46:19 -0000

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<oldboys-list> is an international discussion mailing list owned by the Old Boys Network.

OBN is regarded as the first international Cyberfeminist alliance and has been founded in 1997 in Berlin. Under the umbrella of the term 'Cyberfeminism' OBN contributes to the critical discourse on new media, especially gender-specific aspects. 
OBN is dedicated to appropriating, creating and disseminating Cyberfeminisms (plural). OBN creates real and virtual spaces where Cyberfeminists can research, experiment, communicate and act. The OBN platforms aim to provide a contextualized presence for the diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to Cyberfeminism. One of these platforms is <oldboys list>.

One of the basic rules of OBN is that every member is required to call herself a woman (without consideration of the biological base of this intelligent life-form). With regard to its contents - the elaboration of Cyberfeminisms - our aim is the principle of disagreement!

Additional to our communication in virtual space OBN regularly organizes real space meetings.
- First conference: 'first Cyberfeminist International', documenta x, Kassel, 1997, hybrid workspace;
- Second conference: 'next Cyberfeminist International', 1999, Rotterdam, de Balie (in cooperation with 'next5mintues, festival for tactical media, Amsterdam).
- Third conference: ’very Cyberfeminist International', 2001, Hamburg, is currently in preparation.

All conferences are documented in printed readers. No.1 and no.2 are sold out already. The content will be available on our new website, soon! 

Currently (2001) the book ’Cyberfeminism - next protocols' is in production in collaboration with the Publishing House Autonomedia, New York. 

In 2000 OBN presented itself in the 15 minutes long video ’processing Cyberfeminism'.

Since OBN has come into being it's personnel as well as the organisatorial structure have been in a constant flow. 

If you want to learn more about the regulating structure of OBN, and you are interested in finding out what is special about this transitory network, please visit our website (currently being redesigned by Slowenian artist Irena Woelle).

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Old Boys Network, march 2001                      

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 Cornelia Sollfrank  |  Duncan of Jordanstone University |  Dundee |  Scotland 


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