Address:

SECHSHAUSERSTRASSE 28

1150 VIENNA

Deutsch

Miss Baltazar`s Laboratory ist ein offenes Labor für Technik Enthusiastinnen. Als Mischung aus Atelier, Hackerspace und Lab bieten wir Workshops und Veranstaltungen an, in denen sich weibliche Menschen Open Source Technologien aneigenen und kreative Projekte umzusetzen können.

ein studio für interaktive kunst und technologie

Hier kannst du mit Elektronik  herumexperimentieren, mit Open Source Software spielen und mit Sensoren herumbasteln.

Du brauchst keine Vorerfahrungen dafür: komm einfach vorbei und lass dich dazu inspirieren, mal interaktive Medien für deine Projekte zu verwenden.

Wir unterstützen einander bei der Konzeption, Entwicklung und Programmierung schräger Kunstprojekte. Wir tauschen Ideen aus und bringen uns gegenseitig bei, was jede von uns bereits drauf hat,

Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory ist eine internationale NGO für Frauen, Mädchen, Transleute etc., die sich trauen mit neuen Technologien unorthodoxe Anwendungen zu erfinden.

English

Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory is a feminist hackerspace, specifically for persons who call themselves women or trans. If you love to make things, rather than consuming them, meet up at Mz Baltazar’s to share your skills. Mz Baltazar’s participants come from different backgrounds, ages and mindsets to exchange equipement, build circuits, play with DIY electronics and interactive art. We encourage each other to learn new tools and collaborate. All workshops are free in order to offer a fearless, accessible plattform to tinker with male connotated toys. The artwork created at Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory is generated with Open Source Soft- and Hardware.

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MISSION

Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory is a start-up organization supporting local and international connections for creative women and trans working with new media technology. Empowering women’s unique relationship with creative technology through enabling the developing of interactive art in hands-on workshops and an online community of tech-savy women, we look to expand opportunities of our participants who may otherwise not explore the potential expressive power of technology.

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PHILOSOPHY

“Imagine you are alone and traveling in a country where you don’t know the language and cultural intricacies. Do you remember how it felt when you bumped into someone just like yourself? One of our goals is to get more women involved in technology. The issue here is inclusion not exclusion. We reassess this choice constantly. Presently the conclusion is that the need remains for spaces where women can share experiences, break things, make jokes and ask so-called stupid questions amongst themselves. This approach is not the goal but a means. Life outside of the workshops is ever present.”

-from www.genderchangers.org

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Built upon the ideology that art practice can be a critical impetus for social change, MzBL tackles the universal problem that women are a minority in both the creative development and applications of new technologies.  Much of this problem stems from how technology is introduced to women, or if it is even presented at all. Through our own visual language we try to make tool kits and sets of instructions. We find that by presenting women-only workshops where participants build complex interactive art projects together, women themselves shape a strong, intelligent force of learning that is unique to same-sex learning environments. Taught for creative women by creative women, our workshops dispel the insecurities that many women experience when it comes to learning creative technological tools. Our participants are quick to discover that they do not need the ‘extra help’  they thought they did. Rather, they flourish as they are encouraged to express their ideas and inspired to continue working with creative technology through the help of their peers in the MzBL community. Our international mailing list informs about current events, festicals and reading groups in Miss Baltazar’s headquarter at Museumsquartier, Vienna.

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ABOUT

Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory playfully demystifies technology by opening up a world where learning new technological tools is fearless, interesting and clear for creative women of all ages.  As an educational community, Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory organizes free (or inexpensive) workshops that teach new media technology, fostering comfortable learning environments for women who want to experiment with using electronics in artistic practices, but are unsure of where or how to begin. Working with sustainable tools such as open source software and recycled electronics, and integrating them with materials such as wood, conductive fabric, and handmade sensors, women learn the nuts and bolts of technology tools for little to no money. They are then encouraged to collaborate, building upon their collective skills in intuitive ways, working alongside workshop instructors as partners in research, problem solving and troubleshooting.

With a holistic, top-down-learning approach to education, Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory is more than just a series of workshops designed for women. These workshops have initiated a networked community of women artists sharing resources and skills for their ongoing creative work with technology.  While we do not yet know what the ramifications of this community will be, the energy and enthusiasm is inspiring. We model MzBL as something like a hackerspace for women, where local groups can be established on their own and make connections to sister groups internationally.  Ultimately, we envision this community will provide invaluable support and empowerment for women artists worldwide in technology fields by providing mentorship, assistance, and inspiration.

Building an online presence, MzBL looks to create a new website that will act as a powerful hub linking our international “laboratories” together with news, resources, and community forums for its members.  As a collaborative art project in and of itself,  MzBL’s website will also offer creative frameworks to present a living history of women in art and technology. One example of this will be our “mentoring catalog”  of personal video interviews with pioneering women in art and technology. These interviews and their transcripts will serve as priceless resource of experiences for the Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory community, as prolific women artists, scientists, and educators share their personal stories of learning and working with creative technology.

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BACKGROUND

Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory was founded in 2008 by artist/researcher Stefanie Wuschitz while working as a Digital Art Fellow at the the University of Umea (HUMlab) in Sweden. It was not founded with the idea that women need extra help, but rather, it was established through recognizing the value of offering different learning environments for complex tools. Since 2008, Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory has toured its workshop and vision internationally, offering intensive interactive art workshops in Damascus, Brussels, Rotterdam, Munich, Prague, Taipei, Aalborg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Brooklyn and New York.

In 2011 Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory has founded a feminist hackerspace in prestigious Museumsquartier in Vienna. With a new office and access to event locations Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory organised two festivals. The five days MAKE ME (na pravi me) festival took place in Belgrad together with local NGO Women at Work. The three days MAKE ME ECLECTIC festival took place in Vienna. In the context of Miss Baltazar’s reading group participants have the chance to discuss ideas and theories related to workshops and presented art work. Cooperating organizations have included: Worm (Rotterdam), Yo Yo Yo (Prague), OKNO (Brussel), workshop, Brienner (München), Takween (Damascus), CAMPUS PARTY (Madrid), NYC Resistor (New York), and Harvestworks (New York). Guest presenters and teachers have included blogger Anne Roth, wearable technology expert Hannah Perner-Wilson, Genderchanger Audrey Samson and Hardware hacker Selena Savic. Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory has been presented at prestigious international art and technology festivals including Ars Electronica 2010 (Linz), All Art Now 2010 (Damascus), Transmediale 2011 (Berlin), TEDx 2011 (Bratislava), Coded Cultures Festival 2011 (Vienna).

CURRENT PRESS

 

DPI MAGAZINE

Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture

http://dpi.studioxx.org/en/feminist-hackerspaces-safer-spaces

 

e-Journal des Programmbereichs Contemporary Arts & Cultural Production Schwerpunkt Wissenschaft & Kunst, Universität Salzburg in Kooperation mit der Universität Mozarteum

p|art|icipate.  Kultur aktiv gestalten

http://www.p-art-icipate.net/cms/female-makers/


 

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