Cornelia Sollfrank

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Cornelia Sollfrank
Photo of Sollfrank in 2004.
Born1960 (age 60–61)
Feilershammer, Germany
Alma materAcademy of Fine Arts Munich, University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, University of Dundee
Known forInternet Art, Cyberfeminism, Hacking

Cornelia Sollfrank (born 1960) is a German digital artist, she was an early pioneer of Net Art and Cyberfeminism in the 1990s.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Cornelia Sollfrank was born in 1960, in Feilershammer, Germany. Sollfrank studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (1987–1990) and fine art at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (1990–1994) and she completed a PhD in 2012 at University of Dundee.[2][3]

In 1997, Sollfrank hacked the "world's first" net art competition, Extension, organized by the Hamburg Art Museum in Germany.[4] Her work, titled Female Extension (1997) involved the creation of 289 computer-generated websites created by combing the Internet and combining fragments of HTML into exquisite corpse-like websites.[4] Each website was submitted under the name of a different artificial female artist name and profile.[5] No women were awarded prizes, but press releases distributed by Sollfrank received widespread attention for her intervention, overshadowing the gallery's own awards.

Cornelia Sollfrank founded the organization Old Boys Network (1997–2001).[6] In 1997, Old Boys Network organized the Cyberfeminist International at documenta x in Kassel, Germany.[7] Old Boys Network published First Cyberfeminist International in 1998 followed by next Cyberfeminist International in 1999. Closely associated with Cyberfeminism, Sollfrank has expressed reservations that it limits the perception of her work as "women's issues".[7]

She has a history organizing and participating in digital protests.[8] Solfrank has also founded the artist groups frauen-und-technik (Women and Technique) and -Innen ("Inside", but also a suffix for feminine plurals in German). Women Hackers (1999) was an essay on hackers, focusing on the lack of recognition of female hackers. Sollfrank is a member of the Chaos Computer Club, Europe's largest association of hackers.

In 2004, Cornelia Sollfrank's monograph titled generator was published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.[9]


  1. ^ "NET ART ANTHOLOGY: Female Extension". 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  2. ^ "Collection & Archives, People, Cornelia Sollfrank". ZKM, Center for Art and Media. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  3. ^ "Abschlussveranstaltung der". @GI_weltweit (in German). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  4. ^ a b Meier, Anika (April 2017). "Digitale Kunst, Bonbonfarbene Emanzipation". Goethe-Institut (in German). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  5. ^ "Net Art Anthology: Female Extension". Net Art Anthology. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  6. ^ "What Is Post-Cyberfeminism? Here's a Primer on the Latest Big Idea to Storm Contemporary Art". artnet News. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2021-02-08. Berlin-based artist Cornelia Sollfrank—a founding member of the Old Boys Network
  7. ^ a b "From the Rhizome Archives: Hacking the Art OS--Interview with Cornelia Sollfrank". Rhizome. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ Hunziker, David (2020-04-22). "1. Mai: Autokorso oder Cyberdemo?" [Car Parade or Cyber Demo?]. The Woz (De Wochenzeitung) (in German). Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  9. ^ Sollfrank, Cornelia (2004). generator. Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg. ISBN 3-936711-30-5.

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