CfA: Eclectic Tech Carnival 2006, Timisoara, 4-8.9.2006
Eclectic Tech Carnival 2006, http://www.eclectictechcarnival.org -
a carnival of exchanging computer-related skills, ideas and art.
By women and for women. /etc2006 September 4-8 2006, h.arta art space,
Since 2001, the network of women who help organize the Eclectic Tech
Carnival or /etc has grown both far and wide. We are geographically
some-what diverse and we have varied experiences and expertise in computing,
technology, art and activism. We are an eclectic bunch. Since the northern
summer of 2002, we (or some subset there of) have succesfully organized an
anual Eclectic Tech Carnival.
To connect, to network in real life. The global village has come at the
price of community. We are interested in tech things and like to play with
it. We know there are other women who are also interested. There is little
opportunity for us to get together. And there is even less open space for
women to learn new skills. It is especially hard for those with little
resources to make a start.
We want to change that!
We want to help women feel confident enough to 'hack' their own way into
northern and male domination of digital technology. We can do it!
We want to help women learn to use Free/Libre and Open Source Software.
Why the name /etc?
Well, /etc is a directory of the linux file system. In this directory called
/etc (short for etcetera) are all the important configuration files for your
computer and its networking (hostname, hosts, networks). We asked ourselves,
"If we were part of the linux file system, what would we be?" The /etc
directory seemed the best place for a carnival of ideas and then the name
Eclectic Tech Carnival or /etc for short was born.
h.arta art space, Timisoara, Romania, September 4-8 2006.
All people involved work as volunteers. We rely on donations and accept
them with glee. In 2004, we received funding from HIVOS for the /etc in
Belgrade. In 2005 we received funds from Mamacash and HIVOS. This year
NCDO and hopefully also Global Fonds for Women will help out too.
The project is a collective action. We think computers and technology are
not only vital tools in today's world, but also a lot of fun. We want it to
be fun for those who come to the carnival. If you would like to come to the
carnival or to facilitate a workshop, please contact us or fill out our
By using and teaching others to use Free/Libre and Open Source Software we
have more freedom and control over our work and projects in whatever we do,
be it activism, art or technology or a combination thereof. "Free and Open
Source" basically means that the code that makes up software or applications
is not kept secret. Users and programmers have access to the "source code".
This allows the community of users to adapt, modify and improve the software
itself - sometimes at an astonishing rate.
We believe that to be independent of the experts and so called authority
figures you need to be autodidactic and DIY. Fixing your bicycle, car,
computer. In fact women are already very technical. They use sewing
machines, weave, spin and knit (it was weaving that lead to the first
There will be communication barriers, a good metaphor for ICT. We will
become Information and Communication Tweakers in order to break these
By asking what women want and what they have to offer we strive to be
inclusive. Please contact us if you are interested in the carnival.
It will be okay to break things.
It will be exhausting.
Come join us!
/etc2006 Romania and Partners
The fifth Eclectic Tech Carnival will take place in Timisoara, Romania, in
collaboration with h.arta and D Media.
Our partners in Romania
The 2006 /etc is being organised in collaboration with D Media and H.arta.
D Media is a non-governmental organization that promotes free access of
private people to information and the free use of digital technology,
experimentation with digital sound and image to produce works that are
artistically innovative and socially engaged. The group gathered in the
autumn of 2002 and the legal organization was made in winter of 2004 at the
initiative of Joanne Richardson. Most of the organizers of the group are
women, and recently the women of the group have been most active in
proposing projects and making workshops and videos. Persons now in charge of
the group are Nita Mocanu and Joanne Richardson.
One of the projects made in 2005 in the framework of D Media was "WOMEN ON
THE EDGES OF EUROPE" - a documentary film made in collaboration with Candida
TV (www.candidatv.tv) from Roma, Italy. This was a research project from
which resulted 4 videos about women's labour in Eastern Europe. The issues
within the projects are related to: migration , labour conditions of the
women in Romania and Croatia and of women migrants, the delocation of the
multinational Italian companies toward Eastern Europe, how is this situation
affecting migration and labour conditions in general. Another documentary
film project is "Mami !!!" , realised by Hajni Bessenyei and Nita Mocanu in
2005 and 2006. It is an overview of maternity in Romania , from different
perspectives including mothers and the state and some specialists. This film
became a good instrument for raising questions related to women's issues
such as motherhood and work, women's rights and choices. We are now offering
the film to, and have been asked for it by, local NGOs that have activity
connected to women's issues (such as Artemis and Pro Women).
H.arta is an artist run space in Timisoara, Romania. It opened in December
2001 and since then has been the location for events in this field
(lectures, presentations, workshops, discussions, etc).
H.arta is a way to react to the problems of the Romanian art system. It is a
place where we are trying to make happen things that we miss. Things like
considering that art lies in simple, normal, everyday stuff, in the real
interests, feelings and ideas of people involved in it. That art is about
questions, analysis and critique. H.arta is a meeting place for people with
the same concerns; a place for projects that don't just present to the
viewer objects meant for sterile contemplation, but provoke reactions and
contributions from the public - projects that prefer relationships to the
Also H.arta is a tool for us to feel less marginal, less isolated from what
is going on in the world, a tool for feeling that we also have a voice, that
we can also take part in the discussion.
H.arta space is run by three women: Maria Crista, Anca Gyemant, Rodica
Other particpating organisations and indiviuals are Feramenta (women's
hackers collective in Italy, SysterServer (webhosting and learning server
project runned by an international group of women), Gender Changer Academy
(Amsterdam based computer hardware training for women by women), Creative
Catalyst by Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ) (playwright, writer, web developer,
cyberformer) and SisterO by Nancy Mauro-Flude (AT) (performing artist and
associated researcher at Institute Network Cultures [INC])