What is subRosa?

subRosa is a mutable (cyber)feminist art collective combining art, social activism and politics to explore and critique the intersections of information and bio technologies on women’s bodies, lives and work. Since its founding in 1998, subRosa has developed situated, trans-disciplinary, performative, and discursive practices that create open-ended environments where participants engage with objects, texts, digital technologies, and critical learning experiences interacting with each other and the artists. subRosa has performed, exhibited, lectured and published in the USA, Spain, Britain, Holland, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Mexico, Canada, Slovenia, and Singapore, and has received many commissions for its work as well as funding from the Creative Capital Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon. Many of subRosa’s publications can be downloaded freely at A DVD with short documentary videos of signal performances from 2000–2005 is also available. Please contact us for more information.

(subRosa's c.v. is here)

Contact SubRosa

sub rosa @ cyber feminism .net

We enjoy hearing from you and welcome inquiries by email. Unless we are traveling, we usually reply within a few days. subRosa does not correspond via social networking sites, so please use the email address listed above or use our contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can subRosa come lecture at my school? Perform at my venue? How far in advance do I need to ask you for lectures/workshops/new shows/?

All inquiries welcome. Please allow as much advance notice as possible. subRosa especially enjoys creating new projects that are relevant to the particular place in which they are seen or performed. We will generally ask you to cover our expenses plus a negotiable honorarium. Speaking and performance fees from established institutions help us to fund the work we do for smaller venues or in countries where there is little arts funding available (including the U.S.).

Q: How can I get copies of your publications/videos/slides, etc?

Please first see what is available on this site and our refugia web archive. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know via email. A few of our publications are out of print, but well documented on this site and others (see projects and publications pages for links). We appreciate if you are able to defray the postage or duplications costs in any way. We encourage you to print out materials from the website and share and duplicate it to your heart’s content: however, please let us know you are doing so, and credit the work appropriately. We do ask that you seek our permission before altering the work or distributing it in any way that charges money for people to view it.

Q: Can I interview subRosa?

Sure, but please use the resources available here first. Because we are very busy, we may decline interview requests if the questions include answers that are readily available on our website. Well-researched interview questions gain our respect and attention.

Q: I want to know more about cyberfeminism & feminist art. Can you send me a bibliography?

We’re glad you're interested. Most of subRosa’s publications contain useful bibliographies and footnotes. These are very easy to download and print at Due to the volume of student inquiries, we are usually unable to fill basic research requests unless they fall outside the scope of what is readily available on our web sites.

Q: Where can I “donate” my eggs? How much are they worth?

We are a group of artists interested in the difficult and controversial issues raised by the new biotechnologies… but not an Invitro fertilization lab or egg bank. If you are seriously looking into egg donation, please become fully informed of the possibly very serious, side effects of the intensive hormone treatments associated with it, as well as the critical social and political issues these technologies raise.

Q: Is subRosa anti-IVF or anti-GMO?

Individuals working with subRosa have a variety of personal opinions about these biotechnologies. We do share a strong belief that there should be a vigorous and ongoing public discourse about the economic, social, cultural and biological implications of biotechnolgies, and their lived effects, especially on the lives of women internationally.

Q: Where is subRosa located?

subRosa originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Collective members currently live in Pittsburgh and Providence, RI.

Q. How can I reach you?

Email is best. We usually answer within a few days, unless we are travelling.


This version of our web site was designed and coded by subRosa in 2010, with the help of Dreamweaver & some open-source scripts. We are extraordinarily grateful to Creative Capital, the Catwalk Arts Residency, Robert Morris University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for supporting the development of this and our sister site The next phase of site development will be database-driven, which we hope will make it much easier for visitors to surf, search, and sort. Please let us know what we can do to make this web site easier for you to use, and we'll do our best to make accommodations as we move forward. Built on a Mac. Hosted on mediatemple.

Copyleft notification

subRosa is anti-copyright and believes in the free sharing and collective production of knowledge. You are free to reproduce and distribute subRosa's materials for non-commercial and educational purposes, with attribution. We request that you inform us via email at subrosa at cyberfeminism dot net.