Join author Mindy Seu and book designers Laura Coombs and Lily Healey for a presentation of the book Cyberfeminism Index (2022). The afternoon will begin with a performative reading by Seu, followed by an interactive panel to discuss the publication’s gathering, editing, and design process.

About the Book

Edited by designer, technologist, and researcher Mindy Seu and designed by Princeton Lecturer in Visual Arts Laura Coombs with support from designer Lily Healey (Princeton Class of 2013), Cyberfeminism Index gathers more than 700 short entries of radical techno-critical activism, feminist manifestos, hackerspaces, hardware, wetware education, and net art from 1991 to 2020. Its online complement is a living, online index that was commissioned by Rhizome and premiered with New Museum in 2020.

In Cyberfeminism Index, hackers, scholars, artists, and activists of all regions, races, and sexual orientations consider how humans might reconstruct themselves by way of technology. When learning about internet history, we are taught to focus on engineering, the military-industrial complex, and the grandfathers who created the architecture and protocol, but the internet is not only a network of cables, servers, and computers. It is an environment that shapes and is shaped by its inhabitants and their use.

Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Kitchen Legacy Russell concludes the book with an afterword forecasting cyberfeminism’s evolution. In the foreword, Julianne Pierce of artist collective VNS Matrix offers an overview of cyberfeminism’s history over the past three decades. Net artists Cornelia Sollfrank, Skawennati, Mary Maggic, Klau Kinky, and Laboria Cuboniks, among others, offer curated directories and pathways for readers’ journeys through the index.

Both a vital introduction for laypeople and a robust resource guide for educators, Cyberfeminism Index—an anti-canon, of sorts—celebrates the multiplicity of practices that fall under this imperfect categorization and makes visible cyberfeminism’s long-ignored origins and its expansive legacy.

Launching with publisher Inventory Press in January 2023, book pre-orders are available now. Copies of the book will be available to view and purchase at the event.

“This book served as my doorway to cyberfeminism and I now see what an energetic continent awaits me. Anywhere I stepped it burned my hair off, it’s that brilliantly intense.”
—Kevin Kelly, founding editor of WIRED magazine

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About the Guest Artists

Laura Coombs sits in an office by white shelves with colorful books. She wears a navy collared sweater and gazes at the camera with a tilt of her body and head to the right

Princeton Lecturer in Visual Arts Laura Coombs. Photo by Res.

Laura Coombs is a graphic designer based in New York City. Since 2017, she has been head of design at the New Museum, overseeing all design for the institution and its technology entities Rhizome and New Inc. Concurrently, Coombs operates an independent design practice focusing on the design of publications, exhibitions, and visual identity with institutions and publishers including MIT Press, Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, Carnegie Museum of Art, Lisson Gallery, and Verso Books, among others. Her design practice has received awards from the AIGA, Art Directors Club (ADC), Brno Biennial, Type Directors Club (TDC), Tokyo TDC, and the Center for Book Arts. Her recent writing has been published in Sourcetype and The Serving Library Annual 2022/23. Coombs holds a B.Arch. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Prize for excellence in art. She has lectured and given workshops at academic institutions including Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, the Yale School of Art, Strelka Institute, Southland Institute, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art, California College of the Arts, University of Southern California, Pratt Institute, Parsons, Werkplaats Typografie, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the Yale School of Architecture. She is currently a Lecturer in Visual Arts at Princeton University, teaching the fall course, Graphic Design: Image.


Lily Healey offers a tight lipped smile with reddish brown hair swooping over her right eye.

Lily Healey, Princeton Class of ’13. Photo courtesy Lily Healey.

Lily Healey (Princeton Class of 2013) is a software developer at The New Yorker, where she is part of a team that creates tools for the editorial staff. These tools include: an application for planning and programming stories, a website for internal documentation, and a scripting suite that aids in the production of the print magazine. She previously worked as a designer/developer at O-R-G and as a quantitative analyst at a small hedge fund.



Mindy Seu gazes foward intently with wavy dark hair and high neck tank top

Mindy Seu, author of Cyberfeminism Index. Photo credit: Alexa Viscius

Mindy Seu is a designer and technologist based in New York City. Her expanded practice involves archival projects, techno-critical writing, performative lectures, design commissions, and close collaborations. Her latest writing surveys historical precursors of the metaverse and reveals the materiality of the internet. Mindy’s ongoing Cyberfeminism Index, which gathers three decades of online activism and net art, was commissioned by Rhizome and presented at the New Museum in its online form, and its print form is a recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant. She has lectured internationally at cultural institutions (Barbican Centre, New Museum), academic institutions (Columbia University, Central Saint Martins), and mainstream platforms (Pornhub, SSENSE, Google), among many others, and has been a resident at MacDowell, Sitterwerk Foundation, Pioneer Works, and Internet Archive. Seu holds an M.Des. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a B.A. in Design Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Assistant Professor at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and critic at Yale School of Art.

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