Supported by The Greenwall Foundation
“The boss tells me not to bring our women’s problems with us to work if we want to be treated equal. I am only one person — and I bring my whole self to work with me. So what does he mean, don’t bring my “women’s problems” here?” — a circuit assembly worker.
Inspired by the artist’s interest in women working in microelectronics factories, and reports of collective hallucination and mass hysteria occurring among women factory workers, Murthy traveled to India in 2001 to investigate these reports. What she found was a group of sane, rational women with identities constructed by a set of complex social and psychological factors. “Mythic Hybrid” is both about Murthy’s investigation and a critical comment on cyberfeminism.
MEDIA & ACHIEVEMENTS
by Rachel Greene
Net Art News, Rhizome.org
Using the format of search engine results, Prema Murthy’s Mythic Hybrid presents contextual information on a group of women in India, micro-electronics factory workers who reported having collective hallucinations. These women are the artist’s focusing device as she remodels information on industrial conditions, spiritual phenomena and womens’ status. The associations Murthy brings together are varied, but make conceptual sense not just in light of the fascinating story about the hallucinating workers, but also in tandem with some of the radical notions about women and the real in Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto — a book that informed this project.