We are human with roots and connections in Europe, Africa and America, we are part of networks of networks, we’ve been meeting and collaborating in the past and we look forward nourishing a yet informal Sustainable Infradisciplinary Restorative Network (SIRN).
Our team consists of researchers, artists and citizen scientists from minoritised cultures (women*, LGBTQI) in Cameroon, Greece, France, Bulgaria, Croatia and Austria.
-Greece – Natalia- Rozalia Avlona
Natalia-Rozalia Avlona is a lawyer and researcher working as a research fellow for the Taking A Reflexive Approach to Gender Equality for Institutional Transformation (TARGET) project at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy) in Athens.
She studied law at the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2006), obtained her Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law (LLM) from King’s College London (2007), and followed courses in the department of Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and in the department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. Currently, she is a Phd Candidate at the National Technical University of Athens.
Her expertise is on digital commons and the ways that Technology, Law and Gender intersect in this area. Furthermore, her wider interests have lead her into working on the legal and societal consequences of the platformization of work.
Natalia-Rozalia has an international experience working in several Organizations and European Research Programmes in UK, Belgium, Greece and Cyprus. Among those are the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Organisation of Industrial Property in Greece, the Royal College of Art in London, Abandon Normal Devices in Manchester, the Future Emerging Technologies Department (DG Connect, EU Commission) in Brussels, the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, the Heinrich Boell Stiftung in Greece, the General Secretariat for Gender Equality and the GUnet (Greek Universities Network) in Athens.
She is member of the Management Committee of Cost Action CA16121-From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy (2017-2021).
Besides her academic career, Avlona has a strong involvement as an activist in the field of digital commons and gender equality. She has run a series of workshops on Wikipedia for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector, co-organised feminist workshops on FOSS at hackerspace.gr (Django Girls Athens), Techno-feminist Festivals and (un)conferences on the commons, and has given seminars on Gender & Open Technologies, as well as Gender & Social and Solidarity Economy.
The last five years, she is member of the cooperative DOCK, the Social Solidarity Economy Zone. She has recently co-initiatied the Emergency Making Aid , a local, bottom-up initiative of makers, architects, researchers that aims at the making and donation of 3d printed protective equipment to the medical personnel of the hospitals. She is the co-founder of feminist hacking network Restorative Infrastructures.
Spain – Paula Pin has been researching about open technologies from the last 10 years with special focus on facilitating and transfering knowledge through workshops for LGTBI+ communities around the world. As a co.founder of Pechblenda Lab a feminist independent space for experimenting with open and free culture have been providing space and networks to wok with the immediacy and emergence based on real needing from the communities. She have been organicing and partipaiting at many events on a Open Source catalán community called Calafou and with other patners as Hangar they launch an Open call Prototypome Open Call focused on giving opportunities to LGTB+ communities to work with BioAutonomy and Bioart practices related with Health Care and Autonomy. She is also an active member of THF and Hackteria network working across disciplines. Actually she managing a new community at Galicia based on Open technology(ies) and sustainable environments to generate Autonomy in a wide angle.
– Austria -Stefanie Wuschitz is project leader of a research project on Feminist Hacking as methodology for artistic research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and holds a Post-Doc position at the University of Technology Berlin. She could provide her partners with access to the university’s infrastructure during the entire project period. Hence the organization Mz* Baltzar’s Lab, that Wuschitz and Reis are chairing, maintains a large network and mailing list, through which a wider public can get actively involved into the project’s interventions.
–Croatia -Deborah Hustic – Works with Radiona – Zagreb Makerspace (Association for Development of ‘do-it-yourself’ Culture) founded in 2011 in order to enhance the visibility of makers’ open source culture and self sustainable production, as well as with an aim of connecting all possible fields of art, science and technology, more precisely STEAM fields (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Mathematics). The objective here is to create new realities of networked and collaborative intermedia and new media practices in line with DIY (do-it-yourself) and DIWO (do-it-with-others) cultures. The makerspace is developing interdisciplinary and innovative projects with an emphasis on community building, participation, cohesion, knowledge transfer and co-creation. The lab is also active in the areas of creative and cultural industries in international and local context, especially for innovative financing. Radiona.org focuses its activities on education, research processes, artistic projects, curatorial practices, residencies, international and domestic inter-sector collaborations, renewable self-sustainable systems, repair community activities, citizen science and social awareness related issues. https://radiona.org/ // https://www.electric-wonderland.eu/https://greenoteka.eu/
–Cameroon- Nadine Mowoh has a background in microbiology and Medical Laboratory Technology (Bsc). Presently she works as an early career researcher at the Mboalab and has two main areas of focus. The first once concerns research on the local manufacturing enzymes using low cost local resources. The second research area regards the DNA extraction protocols that are cost effective and efficient. https://www.mboalab.africa
Canada/France – Anne Goldenberg/Goldjian Goldjian is a transdisciplinary artist interested in relational practices between human beings, ecologies and technologies. Their work creates intimate spaces dedicated to mutual learning and slowing processes. Goldjian embraces media arts, land art, installation and video dance and facilitate collaborative, collective and restorative practices. They travels a constellation of feminist, healing decolonial hacking practices, which leads them to roam the Earth, even though many of their emotional ties are located in Tio’tia:ke colonially known as Montreal. Goldjian practices reliance, to oneself, to spaces, to other human beings and non-humans, and question the conditions needed to activate this quality of presence. Goldjian is a co founder of Femhack, and hosted several workshops and festival like the THF (TransHackFemininst gathering) Goldjian is also the main teacher and facilitator the Queer Anarchist Intimacy Restorative Network (QAIRN) They’ve been teaching accessible and empowering approaches to technologies since 10 years, with a particular focus on feminist and do it together pedagogies. They specialized in reparation and restoration practices, among human (conflict resolution), between human and technologies (fix it together and repair event) and toward the land and the water (bio-restoration).
Bulgaria/Canada- Kristina Haralanova, a co-founder of Femhak (Canada) and Project Manager of Internet Rights Bulgaria Foundation, will provide technical expertise for building and hosting of the platform, uploading of resources and facilitating of workshops. She will contribute to the Bulgarian and/or French translation of the content.
Portugal / Austria – Patricia J. Reis – is an installation artist based in Vienna (At). She studied Painting (ESAD, Superior School of Art and Desing, Caldas da Rainha Portugal, 2004), Media Art (Master program at the Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011), and she holds a Ph.D. in Art (University of Évora, Portugal, 2016). Reis was a fellow researcher from National Science Technology Foundation of Portugal (2011-2015). From 2006 to 2012, she was lecturing Photography, Video and Digital Arts at the Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal, as a full-time Assistant Professor. Currently she holds a position as a Senior Artist and Lecturer at the Digital Art Department of the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria, and she also lectures at the Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria. Furthermore, she has a feminist approach on her artistic practice, focusing on the assigned female roles in terms of representation (in the digital image), and on the lack of female participation and visibility behind the production of new technologies and art. Since 2012 she is a board member of the collective Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, a feminist hackerspace based in Vienna that aims at generating a culture of fearless making and empower creativity, activism and thinking among female*, queer*, and tran* artists.