Julie Weitz, “My Golem Reborn” video still (2018) (image courtesy the artist)

FEMMEBIT was founded as a platform for showcasing Los Angeles-based female artists working in video and new media. This weekend marks their second triennial FEMMEBIT Festival: three days of talks, screenings, performances, and exhibitions featuring over 75 emerging and more established artists who engage with technology in myriad ways. The free festival is supported through a Go Fund Me which has almost reached its $10,000 goal with two days left.

Cassie McQuater, “Love Birds, Night Birds, Devil-Birds” video still (2019) (image courtesy the artist)

Programs include the launch of a new Augmented Reality project by Nancy Baker Cahill, who recently participated in the Desert X biennial, a performance from Jennifer Moon, who explores revolutionary liberation with humor and candor, and a screening by Julie Weitz, whose “My Golem” character fights the patriarchy with campy semitic schtick. Panel discussions investigate why digital avatars and virtual assistants tend to be female (Siri, Alexa, Cortana), how artists are incorporating game aesthetics and mechanics into their work, and how performative clownishness can be a form of resistance. Despite the overwhelming gender imbalance in technological industries, FEMMEBIT brings together a diverse group of women who collectively argue that the future may very well be female.

Lena Daly, “Red Tide” (2019), Plexiglass, mirror, UV LED light, uranium glass, and phosphorescent resin cast objects (image courtesy the artist)

When: Friday, May 31, 6pm–2am; Saturday, June 1, 11:30 am–2am; Sunday, June 2, 11:30am–8pm
Where: Civic Center Studios (207 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at FEMMEBIT.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.