Feminism is a Browser

Charlotte Eifler

Medium: Video
Issues: Communication, Feminism, History, and Intergenerational


A cyber entity intertwines with an international feminist network and questions the future of the internet.

Feminism is a Browser introduces us to the history and thoughts of great female media pioneers. Some of them received acknowledgment for their work, others did not. The project highlights their important projects at the beginning of Internet technology (and after) and opens a bridge between generations.

Yeva is a fictional cyber entity and bored in the vastness of their webspace. They were created in the 90s by the first generation of FACES, an international network of media pioneers founded by Diana McCarty, Valie Djordjevic and Kathy Rae Huffman. These women have been communicating for more than 20 years through an email list to support each other in the tech world. They are hackers, net activists, media artists, cyberpunks and web researchers. Yeva has access to the mail archive and raises many questions towards their so-called ‘mothers‘: Why did they create Yeva, who or what embodies the Internet and how do the images and utopias of cyberspace transform? As the server freezes, Yeva decides to leave the webspace Rosegarden and meet their mothers in the physical world. An essayistic documentary journey begins, a feminist revision of the Internet.


Charlotte Eifler is an artist based in Leipzig/Berlin. She works at the crossroads of film, sound and technology. In her videos and multimedia installations she interrogates the politics of representation, abstraction, and computation. With a focus on feminist approaches and elements of science fiction she explores processes of image and history production. She holds an MA in media science and an MFA in expanded cinema. Her residencies and Scholarships include the International Studio Program New York City (2019), Research Grant Berlin (2018), Uferstudios Berlin (2015 +2017), Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Moscow (2014) and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, Mexico City (2012). Her works have been shown internationally at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Folkwang Museum Essen, greek pavillon at wrong biennale, Digital Art Festival Athen, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Etashi St. Petersburg, Grassi Museum Leipzig, Dokfest Kassel, Kunstraum Bethanien, GfzK Leipzig, Museum of Literature Tblisi, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, ISCP New York, Impakt Festival Utrecht, International Film Bremen, Goethe Institut Zagreb, Chaos Computer Club, School Vienna among others. Her video UTOPOS was included in Enhanced Vision, the Digital Arts Community online exhibition for ACM SIGGRAPH in 2015.