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ArtFem.TV : Feminist Artistic infiltration of a male net culture - Evelin Stermitz
ArtFem.TV is a form of online television programming that brings together art and feminism. The basic aim of the video-based web portal is to foster the involvement of woman in the arts, to nurture woman's artworks and projects, and to create an international online television screen presenting the creativity, images and voices of woman. ArtFem.TV is a non-profit, artist-run, Inernet Television (ITV) and media art portal founded in 2008, and have since then curated, edited and maintained as an artistic cyberfeminist project. ArtFem.TV is an artistic hyperspace for the images and statements of woman artists that would be otherwise hidden on popular media sites.
The term "feminist art" can be misleading, as the word feminism os often inaccurately connected to a struggle against men, but feminism is definitly not sexism. In a relation to art, the term "feminism" should be used in the sense of understanding art from a female perspective. Although this does not exclude feminist strugglesn it is more concerned with the recognition of a female position, or rather a subject position. This position is constituted by a critical engagement with gender issues and views art as a socio-politocal matter. As an artistic cyberfeminist project, ArtFem.TV empowers woman artists, highlights their works within the context of gender issues, and broadens the discourse about art and feminism in a new media context. The question of a dedicated artistic space raised in 1929 by Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own" is reconsidered by cyberfeminists towards the end of the same century, and seen in the creation of this project. Furthermore, ArtFem.TV aims to subvert the commercialized systems and structures of broadcast television.
To understand the background of ArtFem.TV, it is necessary to examine the history of feminism in relation to art. Feminism and feminist art finally came to the forefront in the late 1960s, a time of liberation and political struggle, during which there was public debate that enabled a re-thinking of the position of women in society. Women were encouraged  to act and react in public ways, and art, as a primarily public issue, became a poweful vehicle for feminist discourse. The main questions asked  were : What makes women different from men ? ; and with respect to art, what makes women artists and women's art different from that produced by men ? In ther art, woman reflected upon patriarchy in social systems, in history, in art history and in current affairs. While feminists fought an uphill battle, feminist issues gained prominence, first in the U.S., Great Britain and Germany, and have spread to many other nations and cultures since the 1970s.
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While the first two decades of feminist art are seen as a revolt against male artists and their politics of production and consumption, and target the male-created gaze and male-dominated society. Presently, female artists are concerned with the position of women and women artists in a socio-cultural context that is no longer defined as a revolt against patriarcal systems, but is accepted as a debate concerning the discolsure and deconstruction of sex and gender in a patriarcal system, and reflects both the construction and discourse of gender within an historical context. The diverse history of the relationship between feminism and art, and the vast body of work that has and continues to be created out of such socio-political and cultural contexts, led to creation of ArtFem.TV.
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In 2010, ArtFem.TV hosted about 400 video works by  more than 90 women artists from around the globe, including video art works, performance art documentation and videos about artists sucha as Martha Rosier, Nina Sobell, and Pipilotti Rist. A variety of users from the fields of academic research and curating have responded to the site's feminist emphasis as a valuable resource. ArtFrm.TV's website has been exhibited as an online installation at various festivals and venues, and presented at various symposia, and not only within explicit feminist contexts so as to make feminist issues and feminist art as widely accessible as possible.

my video work on channel 4 of ArtFem.TV