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060.Evelin Stermitz

Evelin Stermitz

graduated with an M.A. degree in media and new media
art from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana,
Slovenia, and she is holding a master’s degree in philosophy from
media studies. Her works are in the field of media and new media art
with the main emphasis on post-structuralist feminist art practices.

Detailed biography

Work

netart by Evelin Stermitz (Austria)

title:
World of Female Avatars
year of production: 2006 – ongoing
used technology – Flash 8
required plug-ins: Flash 8 or higher, sound

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short work description:

World of Female Avatars is a project for expanded understanding of
women and their relation to their body. By using the internet as an
artistic survey media as many different entries from different
cultures as possible are collected. The public call for female body
pictures and text with personal statements about the body is presented
at this net art project. The submitted pictures are used for a digital
collage to create new bodies – the avatars of female body, which are
living in the cyber World of Female Avatars from now on.
As women always have been and are strongly connected to their body in
a positive and/or negative sense, it could be supposed there is also a
relation to it. In times of virtual reality, avatar and cyborg, the
body is not important in its natural matter anymore although in
reality still in use. Adorno und Horkheimer described the “Interest on
the Body” as deadly because of the disturbed use of the body as only
in parts of prosthesis. Discussing the body in post modern society
means also to discuss different developments which changed the natural
body in a cultural and an economic object. What remains from the body,
if the body still exists? Some theories view the body as only natural,
some as antagonistic to technology. Paul Virilio describes the body as
static and passive, which is looking for action in multiple
overbidding. The rise of New Media means for Virilio an important
break between man and woman because of the absence of body presence.
To be in virtual space like an angel as a third sex is a position of
future androgyny. The body as artistic material in the early seventies
is another major aspect of this project. Instead of using the own
artistic body, others should be involved in the project. By receiving
different input sources new bodies are going to be constructed on the
net.
The basic areas of interest of this artistic work are: body and
technology, body and sex, absent body, body and picture, body and
violence. The debate of body in media art and in this project is as
follows: draft of third sex, emphasis of traditional visions of sex,
disclosure of construction of social sex (gender), development of new
body language.

netart by Evelin Stermitz (Austria)