FEMeeting: Troy


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Welcome to the upcoming FEMeeting: Troy 2020 to be held on March 20, 21 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, New York 12181.

“FEMeeting: Troy” is organized with Media Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab Initiative (North Troy Art, Technology, and Urban Research in Ecology) and co-founders Marta de Menezes and Dalila Honorato.

Let us remember whose land we are on: just feet from our door, a Mohican village named Unawat’s Castle had a sacred burial ground. The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans were forced by colonial policies of the United States government, to leave their homes on our shore of the Hudson River, relocated from Troy to Massachusetts to Wisconsin.

Mohican means “People from the waters that are never still.”

The Friday and Saturday daytime FEMeeting sessions will be private. On Saturday evening there will be a community potluck dinner and public talks by the renowned artists Marta de Menezes (Portugal) and Kira O’Reilly (Ireland/Finland), open to all.

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to us: [email protected] with the subject line “FEMeeting: Troy 2020,” or contact:

Kathy High and Branda Miller, FEMeeting: Troy 2020 Coordinators

Email: [email protected]  Ph: 518-209-6209

Email: [email protected]  Ph: 518-441-0229


Launched in 2017, the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” is driven by the desire to develop and promote more direct collaboration between cis-gender and non-cis-gender women. Launched in 2017, the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” was driven by the desire to develop and promote more direct collaboration between individuals who identify as Women. The idea behind FEMeeting was orchestrated by the Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes and scholar Dalila Honorato, after realizing that women in the field of Art and Science have an unquestionable presence worldwide. FEMeeting acknowledges the social relevance of a core community and its role for the future. FEMeeting’s main purpose is to disseminate projects that are being carried out by women in its broadest interpretation (individuals who identify themselves as women, cis-gender and non-cis-gender, gender-fluid and independent of their sex and gender) in order to contribute (a) to the development of research methodologies in art and science and (b) to the development of collaboration strategies that can increase knowledge sharing and bring communities together.

In recognition of the vital role of grassroots creative praxis in building our growing global network, FEMeeting announces its first community meetings taking place this Spring: FEMeeting: Troy 2020 and FEMeeting: Paris 2020.

Featured Artists

Kira O’Reilly 
is a London based artist; her practice, both willfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body. But she is no longer sure if she even does that anymore. Since graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1998 her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. She has been a visiting lecturer in the UK and Australia and U.S.A in visual art, drama and dance. Most recent new works have seen her practice develop across several contexts from art, science and technology to performance, live art and movement work


Marta de Menezes 
is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden.She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal. http://martademenezes.com

Further background
on FEMeeting  https://femeeting.com/  

FEMeeting: Troy 2020  https://femeeting.com/femeeting-in-troy-2020/


This FEMeeting is unsponsored, so fees charged ($30) will be used to support food for the event. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and housing. We will have limited scholarships for food and housing based on need (further information to come here on this page).

FEMeeting events will be held at The Sanctuary’s main space located at 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY 12181. Tel: 518-272-2390. Web: Mediasanctuary.org