EXHIBITION Louisa speaks: Intimate dialogues on language, technology and biohacking by Giulia Tomasello curated by Arianna Forte
Louisa speaks: Intimate dialogues on language, technology and biohacking by Giulia Tomasello curated by Arianna Forte
EXHIBITION OPENING: 27th of May, 19h
at Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, Jägerstraße 52-54, Vienna
DURATION: 28th May – 10th June
FINISSAGE: 10th June, 19h
Who is Louisa?
Louisa is every woman who has to deal with issues concerning her body and also her intimacy everyday. How many difficulties does she face in her everyday life, from social stigma to medical bias? How able is she at finding information on her own, or thanks to networking and sisterhood? Can technology, platforms or new tools help her? Louisa is one and more archetypes of people identified by designer Giulia Tomasello, together with Isabel Farina medical anthropologist, during their user research studies and educational processes regarding the contested field of intimate care Louisa becomes the narrative device for investigating two of Giulia’s main projects: Future Flora and ALMA. Both of them are focused on overcoming the taboos related to the female body, its functioning, its genitals and its fluids, creating new tools for claim and exploration in health and (self-)care. The former uses microorganisms and do it yourself practices and the second inclusive wearable technologies, both of which imagine new solutions to empower women over their own bodies and are based on research and community care.
SUPPORTERS: BMKÖES, MA7
In cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute, Vienna
About Giulia Tomasello curated by Arianna Forte
Giulia Tomasello is an artist and a designer committed to female’s intimate care and its
innovation, combining biohacking and interactive wearables. Winner of Re-FREAM, STARTS
Prize and WORTH Partnership, awarded from EU Horizon 2020, for her projects Alma,
Future Flora and Rethinking the Bra. Recently recognised for her multidisciplinary work with
the Japanese Award World Omosiroi. Giulia offers a new deeper knowledge of female's
wellbeing, developing innovative tools in the intersection between medical and social
sciences. She is currently part of Vision Health Pioneers incubator in Berlin, where she is
developing Alma. Alma co-creates tools for a cultural change in female intimate care
combining technology and education. Coded Bodies is her teaching platform designed to
learn basics of soft wearables and an exploration of biological textiles. Tomasello is currently
a Visiting Lecturer in soft technology at Royal College of Arts in London and Politecnico in
Arianna Forte is an independent curator and organizer of artistic programs based in Rome.
She is moving freely between official cultural institutions, non profit organizations, squat and
independent spaces. She has been part of international events teams such as
transmediale-festival for art and digital culture in Berlin and the research center HER She
loves Data. She recently curated the first edition of 1MetroSotto la Metro, a temporary
exhibition of interactive media art that took place in the metro stations of Rome. Her
research concerns the ways in which artistic practices deal with technologies and create new
opportunities for social imagination and activism. At the moment, she is focused on how
technological infrastructures are linked to gender issues, biases and taboos related to
femininity. Indeed she has just set up the ERINNI association, which deals with curatorial
practices and gender politics in the field of media art.