12 May 2009
Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace Day was conceived of and promoted by Suw Charman-Anderson as a way of "bringing women in technology to the fore". It succeded in motivating nearly 2000 people to publish a blog post about a woman in technology whom they admired.
In support of Ada Lovelace Day we invited women working in media arts to join the NetBehaviour.org email list for a week, in March '09. They were invited to post information about their own work alongside the work of other women who had inspired them in their own practice. Some names came up a number of times but with different stories and for very different reasons. NetBehaviour provided a context for sharing and discussing influences and tracing connections: artistic, practical, theoretical, technical, historical, personal. For readability the list displayed here does not include all of the discussion but this can be traced back through the NetBehaviour archives.
Some contributors were anxious about the many excellent people who may have been missed out. We know this is not a definitive survey or list but it is an excellent resource and just one possible starting point for anyone wanting to know more about women working in media art.