CYBER GRRRL: An Exploration Into Cyberfeminism and Avant-Garde Design is a project that offers a critical visual investigation into the term 'Cyberfeminism.' By discussing the figure of the cyborg constructed in Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century and N. Kathryn Hayles’ characterisations of the posthuman in How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, it is my contention that expanding our understanding of these key theoretical works will better facilitate an understanding of Cyberfeminism. This project implores concurrent reflection on what it means to be embodied in a digital world and also on traditional feminist theories. Practical exploration of these concepts are illustrated through a modern-day reimagining of Dadaism and are presented in the form of an e-zine called CYBER GRRRL. While Dadaism and cyberfeminism emerged at differing times and seem to be completely unrelated, Dada ‘fundamentally engaged with reimagining what it meant to be human in a modern world,’ (Biro, 2009, p. 4) and lent itself to coexisting within this project. Both radical in nature, cyberfeminism and Dadaism are embraced in the pages of CYBER GRRRL.
CYBER GRRL WAS CREATED AS PART OF A POSTGRADUATE FINAL PROJECT AT UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH. THE FULL DISSERTATION, CYBER GRRL MANIFESTO AND E-ZINE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.