Spider’s web, nets, threads and other feminist practices. Laurence Rassel.



From the lecture series: Trans_positions. Antagonisms and alternatives to the monotonyDirected by Cabello/Carceller. OFFLIMITS, Madrid. December 02, 2010


Laurence Rassel’s talk has been a quick view from her experience as feminist and activist, where she has left questions and reflection spaces opened to everyone.


In a complex understanding of the conference, I believe that the fundamental key for her is the use of new media and technology as a tool that gives rise to gestures that impact on the creation and interaction of people. A direct and close relationship with them, but always understood as a working tool in relation to the public, which follows the idea of interaction. Different formats, different uses. Here is where my doubts start. Is it really interaction? How can we know whether this interaction is real or is not just an illusion? How long does this interaction last? Are they useful? Where does it lead? I think these are interesting questions to ponder.


Inside this tool which is the network, the use of the machine, it strongly and brutal appears the copyright issue. It seems very appropriate that Laurence Rassel remarked the fact that the appreciation of the work depends on the formation, taste, who is the one that is watching. Here is another point where the question posed by her raises, is that copyright, that centralization power, is useful and beneficial or goes against the artist?


The idea of the gender variable in the visual arts is a key point to emphasize in her art conception , which presents a different way to focus, understand and represent, beyond what the hierarchies of the institutions and Art History have imposed. The key is to change the vocabulary, the way of representation and the way of thinking. From my point of view, we are in a society where we do not use to stop to ask fundamental questions of how things are organized, or how they have been established, but we assimilate them without thinking more assuming that they are “normal.” I think the Laurence’s point of view opens the door to many questions and other places  not formally established and I think that it is essential  today, questioning everything and being able to read non-linear.



M. Peleteiro.