What’s in a Word? Notes on Feminist Publishing
Location: Steenweg 26
The lecture is followed by a conversation with Delphine Bedel, moderated by Anita Di Bianco
Delphine Bedel’s lecture What’s in a Word? Notes on Feminist Publishing will focus on the emergence of the word “feminism” in the 19th century and its relationship to publishing. With the invention of the Gutenberg press in 1450, publishing became a space of exclusion, because, with a few exceptions, women were not allowed to be printers, publishers or librarians. In France, this situation changed with the 1881 law on the freedom of the press that saw the emergence of both the word feminism and a feminist press. Bedel examines how the word feminism had already began circulating in the 1820s, and how conflicting definitions co-existed in the fields of medicine, art and literature for nearly a century.
Delphine Bedel is a media artist, researcher and publisher, founder of Meta/Books and co-founder and Chair of Engagement Arts NL.
What’s in a Word? Notes on Feminist Publishing is part of the public programme of the IMPAKT Exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations, on view at Steenweg 26 (till 30 December 2022) and IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] (till 8 January 2023).
Anita Di Bianco― Moderator
Anita Di Bianco’s (United States) works in film, video and print have been shown at PS1, Kunstwerke, Kunsthaus Zürich, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Kunstverein Braunschweig, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, K21 in Dusseldorf, Kunstverein Salzburg, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow International, and Waterside Project Space in London. Di Bianco was educated at the SUNY-Purchase Center for Editions, earning an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, with postgraduate study at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL). She has lived and worked in Germany since 2007, following an initial year-long residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. She lives in Frankfurt am Main. Texts and film clips at anitadi.net