Nathalie Magnan

This event produced by Kareron directed by Isabelle Arvers examines borders, all kinds of borders; it takes in navigation, cartography, networks, information, communication and media, human/animal/machine relationships, cyberfeminism, new families, modes of reproduction, communication between the living and the dead, the rights of nature, in a spirit of ecological concern and with feminist and emancipation perspectives.

TRANS // BORDER takes the work of Nathalie Magnan as its point of departure and looks at the relevance of her work through the creations and research of a number of artists, scientists, (h)acktivists and students who are continuing to cultivate the territories she was exploring.

TRANS // BORDER consists of:
– transdisciplinary meetings – arts, sciences, technologies,
– addressing a wide public,
– on contemporary issues,
– providing opportunities for exchange between artists, researchers, students and all citizens,
– uniting the efforts of some forty personalities from several European countries and the United States, and a dozen art schools (France and Belgium) associated with the event.

Nathalie Magnan (1956-2016)

A media theorist, pioneer of cyberfeminism, filmmaker and navigator, she was also a generous teacher with an undisciplined spirit: she communicated to young artists that art can be the practice of freedom.

Attached to Marseille and the Mediterranean by both birth and heart, she was constantly forging links between the United States, France and Europe.

Her studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz allowed her to join a chosen family that would stay close to her all through her life, a family of Cultural Studies, postcolonial studies, queer movements, tactical media and cyberfeminism.

Returning to France in 1990, she wrote for GaiPied magazine, made films for Canal +, published two books with the publisher Ensba, translated Donna Haraway into French, created and co-moderated forums and discussion lists, and organized cyberfeminist events. She taught at several universities, in France and abroad. She began teaching in art schools in 1998. In 2004, she created Sailing for geeks, a project in which she combined sailing on the sea and sailing (surfing) on the internet.

She was an artist of relationships. She worked on the permeability of borders, on land, at sea, between the sexes, between species … and in our hearts.

 Roundtables, screenings and performances
 Evening events


From March 16 to 18 from 11 am to 9 pm
Mucem – J4 Forum – Free admission

Les (Cyber)mondes de Nathalie Magnan
The (cyber)worlds of Nathalie Magnan

This exhibition invites us to meander through space and cyberspace to discover various works (films, photos, lectures, texts) by Nathalie Magnan and by others who share her approach: sound, film and digital works by Isabelle Arvers, Chloé Desmoineaux, Louise Drulhe, Maria Ptqk for the Virtual Space of the Jeu de Paume, Quimera Rosa, Ilana Salama Ortar, maps and videos of the anti-Atlas of frontiers selected by Isabelle Arvers
(works by Harckiektura, Charles Heller, Simona Koch, Nicolas Lambert), as well as work by students of art schools in Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Brussels (Erg), Lyon, Metz, Poitiers, St. Etienne, Strasbourg, Toulon, Tourcoing-Dunkerque and the University of Rennes 2.

Roundtables, screenings and performances
From March 16 to 18, from 11 am

Friday March 16 from 11 am to 1 pm
Mucem – Auditorium – Free admission

Archives privées contemporaines : quel traitement ? quel devenir ?
(Contemporary private archives: what treatment? what future?)

Projection and round tables
The archives of Nathalie Magnan testify to the richness and diversity of her works (films, photos, texts, internet sites) as well as the originality of her sources (an outstanding library and a video library). They will be deposited at the BnF, National Library of France, and also in part at INA, the National Audiovisual Institute. An opportunity to open the debate on the treatment of contemporary private archives, through projection and discussion.

Nathalie Magnan, théoricienne des médias (Nathalie Magnan, media theorist)
Christophe Ecoffet, Cyril Thomas, Gilles Beaujard (France, 2012, 12 min)

Interview with Nathalie Magnan, done by the magazine Monstre as part of a carte blanche at the MacVal museum. Organized into four short sequences, this film is a very effective introduction to Nathalie Magnan’s thought and action.

Les Frontières du genre (Gender Frontiers)
With Emilie Blanc, Adam Evrard, Valentin Gleyze and Adeline Leménager (doctoral students, in history and art criticism – University of Rennes 2), Elvan Zabunyan (professor and historian of contemporary art – University of Rennes 2)

The PhD students at the University of Rennes 2 will talk about their work on Nathalie Magnan’s archives, and particularly her major role in disseminating North American feminist and queer thought in France, based on the articles she wrote for the magazine Gai Pied in 1992.

Le Traitement des archives (Archive Processing)
With Ewen Chardronnet (artist), Alain Carou (BnF), Catherine Gonnard (INA), Pascal Neveux (director, Frac PACA), Catherine Lord (artist, writer),

After a presentation of Nathalie Magnan’s archives in data-visualization, this roundtable tackles, on a more general level, issues related to their collection, conservation and promotion. Questions everyone may have to face one day.

Friday, March 16 from 3 to 6.30 pm
Mucem – Auditorium – Free Admission
Frontières et technologies en mer Méditerranée (Frontiers and technologies in the Mediterranean Sea)
Concept, animation: Isabelle Arvers (curator)

Transborder/ MUCEM / Frontières et technologies en Méditerranée from orevo on Vimeo.

Round tables
A symbolic border and wall, but also a sea with a high media profile, the Mediterranean is today the tragic site of a migrant crisis. What laws are applicable at sea and to migrants? What confrontation is possible between the technologies for control of maritime traffic by the States, the open source and DIY technologies of artist and activist collectives, and those used by the migrants to communicate during their crossing?

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3 pm
Les technologies de contrôle et le droit en mer (Monitoring technologies and the law of the sea)
With Charles Heller (Watch the Med), Malin Björk (MEP), Violaine Carrère (Gisti), Erwan Follezou (SOS MEDITERRANEE)

The European Union’s perception of its external (and internal) borders is increasingly governed by a paradigm of security: borders as barriers, which must be “protected”. The instruments to control and, in many cases, to close the borders are being developed: physical fences, biometric data, military technologies, etc. What is the law of the sea? And how is it applied?

5 pm
Les Technologies alternatives et open source (Alternative and open source technologies)
With Nicola Triscott (Arts Catalyst), Pablo DeSoto (architect and researcher), Tim Boykett (Time’s up Research), Marthe Van Dessel (Seed Journey Project)

The maritime and fluvial spaces, formerly places of exchange, trade and communication, are transformed into barriers and fences. Artists, researchers and activists analyze these security policies and experiment with alternatives (technological, cartographic, etc.) in order to reactivate the movement of people and knowledge.

Pablo DeSoto and Nathalie Magnan met in 2005 in the Strait of Gibraltar, an area that mirrors these transformations: DeSoto organized Fadaiat, an event linking the two shores of the Mediterranean, Magnan contributing with Sailing for Geeks, associating sailing on the sea and navigating on the web, with Nicola Triscott as crew.

Saturday March 17 from 11 am to 7 pm
Mucem – Auditorium – Free Admission
Zelig RTM – (H)acktivismes : l’information veut toujours être libre (Zelig RTM – (H)acktivisms: information always wants to be free)
Concept, coordination: Peggy Pierrot (independent researcher), Philippe Rivière (journalist)

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What is the link between feminist/LGBT words and practices and technological issues (internet, software, technical tools)? Since the 2016 US election, the internet can be seen as a weapon of “mass disinformation”. The binary opposition of the years 1990-2000 between “mass media” and “alternative media” must today be reevaluated. In the age of omniscient social networks and “smart phones”, a critical analysis of the internet is essential.

11 h
Internautes (Web surfers)
by Nathalie Magnan (1995, 13 min)

Reflection on the internet, its history, its uses and its political consequences. An effective montage of interviews and archive footage, made in 1995 for Canal+’s La Nuit Cyber.

Communautés de médias tactiques actives aujourd’hui (Tactical media communities active today)
With Aris Papatheodorou (Samizdat Network), Philippe Rivière (visionscarto), Marie Lechner (Gaîté lyrique), Geert Lovink (media theorist)

In the face of an increasingly centralized and monitored internet, artists and hacktivists are devising multiple projects to get out of the cloud and reactivate the original idea of a peer network, by developing their own circumvention tools and their own local mini-grids.

3 pm
By Anne Laforet (artist)

Chelsea is a performance for, and about, Chelsea Manning, combining documentary and personal approaches. A symbolic performance dealing with issues related to gender, databases, the repression of whistleblowers and hackers.

Libertés et surveillance à l’ère du numérique (Freedoms and surveillance in the digital age)
With Seda Gürses (researcher, member of the artists’ collective Constant), Nicolas Malevé (artist, developer), Jean-Marc Manach (investigative journalist), Rayna Stamboliyska (consultant and independent researcher)

How can recent developments in software engineering practice force us to change our concepts of surveillance? Is the idea for software manufacturers to get to know users better, or to capture and “mercantalize” their behavior? Are machines better able than humans to detect our sexual orientation through the use of facial recognition technologies? Is the world we live in Orwellian or Kafkaesque? Points of view may diverge. They will be discussed. These questions concern us.

5 pm
Atlas critique d’Internet (Critical Atlas of the Internet)
by Louise Drulhe (artist)

Louise Drulhe presents her plastic and theoretical research work through her Critical Atlas of the Internet: the objective is to use spatial analysis as a key to understanding social, political and economic issues on the internet.

L’Internet critique, entre (des)illusions et spéculations (The critical internet, between (dis)illusion and speculation)
With Patrice Riemens (geographer), Jacques Servin (The Yes Men), Spider Alex (Gender and Technology Institute), Valentin Lacambre (internet pioneer, co-founder of the website,

Criticism of the internet and “patriarchal and capitalist” ICTs is not simply the domain of mini-communities of specialists. Beyond criticism, the current panorama of post-colonial cyberfeminisms shows how new ways of inhabiting cyberspace are being imagined and how innovative movements are developing that we should pay attention to – and join.

Sunday, March 18, from 11 am to 5 pm
Mucem – Auditorium – Free Admission
Very symbiotic ! Pour des savoirs situés (Very symbiotic! For situated knowledges)
Concept, animation: Chloé Desmoineaux (artist)

The notion of “situated knowledges” is taken from an article by Donna Haraway. She defends “the privilege of the plural perspective”. In her last essay Staying with the Trouble, the American zoologist and philosopher draws on Ursula Le Guin’s science fiction novel, The Author of the Acacia Seeds, to think about emerging from the Anthropocene (the geological epoch of humans’ irreversible impact on their environment) and entering the chthulucene (a time when the planet is considered a sympoietic system associating all manifestations of life). Difficult, but possible.

11 am
Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
by Fabrizio Terran