Temple University
Fall 2015 Beyond the Page Public Programs

5-6 November 2015 // 5:30PM

Tyler School of Art and Temple University Honors alumna Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in the spaces most hostile toward it. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, Washko founded The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft as an ongoing intervention on communal language formation inside the most popular massively multi-player online role playing game of all time. In an attempt at radical empathy, she recently interviewed the web's most infamous misogynist. A recent recipient of The Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, a Creative Time Report commission, a Rhizome Internet Art Microgrant, a Danish International Visiting Artist Grant and the Terminal Award, Washko’s practice has been highlighted in Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), ArtForum, ARTnews, VICE, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, the New York Times, The Creator’s Project, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Digicult, ArtInfo, Bad At Sports and more. Her projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Moving Image Art Fair (London and NYC), the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston and Foundation Vasarely (Aix-en-Provence, France). Washko’s work will be featured in the upcoming book “Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century” from The New Museum and MIT Press.

Thursday, 5:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Lecture,
Going to the Source: Performance and Negotiation in Polarized Online Spaces

Friday, 5:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Performance,
Tightrope Routines (A Feminist Artist Interviews the Internet's Most Infamous Misogynist)

Tightrope Routines is a storytelling performance based on a year of exchanges between feminist artist Angela Washko and a pick-up artist, author, blogger and notorious manosphere leader deemed “the web’s most infamous misogynist”. The performance began with a provocation called BANGED* and outlines the story of an artist’s experience shifting from activism to ethnography in a space of extreme hostility toward women and particularly feminists.

*BANGED was a project initially proposed as a platform in which Washko would interview women who have had sexual encounters with the pick-up artist (a former industrial microbiologist who now writes textbooks called about “picking up girls and getting laid” across geographic and cultural boundaries) and produce a parallel book and web-based project to his conquest narratives. The project became problematized when the manosphere blogger became aware of it online and Washko decided she would have to proceed in conversation with the subject of the work himself, beginning by conducting a two hour long interview with him.

The Games Without Frontiers Artist/Maker Residencies are generously supported by the Temple University's General Education Program.

Temple University / Paley Library Lecture Hall,
1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

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Angela Washko is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image is courtesy of Artist Angela Washko.

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