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Where can U.S. female entrepreneurs find venture capital investment?

Last year, I wrote a series of articles about where female entrepreneurs can find venture capital investments across the United States. I didn’t realize it at the time since these pieces ran in February and March, but by June 2019 data was aggregating that female-founded unicorns were being established faster than ever before.

2019 was the year of the female-founded unicorn.

 

By December 2019, a whopping 21 companies with at least one female founder had reached billion-dollar status.

But — and I wish I didn’t have to start this sentence with this word — the herd of progressive unicorns still struggles to obtain funding.

Less than 2% of all venture funding in the United States goes to companies led by women. An even tinier percentage goes toward African-American women at .006%.

However, the silver lining to these current statistics is that there are female venture capital (VC) firms across the entire country. And they have a reputation for funding female-founded businesses. Maybe you’re familiar with some of these names, or perhaps you had no idea that some of these firms existed in close proximity to your startup.

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Where to find venture capital investment firms for women

No matter where you reside — East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, or in the South — these female-focused VC firms may be in the position to help get your startup off the ground.

West Coast VC firms.
Midwest VC firms.
Southern VC firms.
East Coast VC firms.

Let’s get started finding the money to launch your business!

West Coast female VC firms

First let’s highlight some of the best and brightest female VC firms on the West Coast.

Aligned Partners
Forerunner Ventures
Halogen Ventures
Rivet Ventures
Urban Innovation Fund
WomensVCFund II

1. Aligned Partners

Leadership and Location: Based in Menlo Park, California, Aligned Partners is led by managing partner powerhouses Jodi Sherman Jahic and Susan Mason.

Who’s in their portfolio? Aligned Partners serves as the lead investor for companies that fall into the following categories:

Capital-efficient businesses that require $10 million or less in total VC funding
Early stage information technology companies, including mobile and cloud-delivered software and services

What do they do? Aligned Partners lives up to its name in aligning the interests of investors and entrepreneurs. Many entrepreneurs take on more capital than what is necessary to grow their businesses.

Working alongside their portfolio companies, Aligned Partners encourages and enables the founders to stay lean even as they continue to grow.

 

Both Sherman Jahic and Mason have founded companies themselves. They understand the value of staying capital-efficient and how it ultimately contributes to the bottom line of a startup’s success.

2. Forerunner Ventures

Leadership and Location: Founded by Kristen Green, who has more than 20 years of success in evaluation and investment, Forerunner Ventures is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Who’s in their portfolio? Forerunner Ventures has a client portfolio alphabetized from A (Alchemy 43) to Z (Zyper). Noteworthy startup giants include Dollar Shave Club, Glossier and Warby Parker.

What do they do? Launched in 2010, Forerunner Ventures prides itself on being an early stage VC firm investing in companies rewriting the rules of culture. Forerunner Ventures nurtures out-of-the-box ideas from entrepreneurs and focuses its commitment on working with these companies to realize their vision.

3. Halogen Ventures

Leadership and Location: The brainchild of Jesse Draper, former Nickelodeon star and host of “The Valley Girl Show,” Halogen Ventures can be found in sunny Southern California.

Who’s in their portfolio? Is your business female-founded? Does it reside in the consumer technology space? It would be in great company in the portfolio of Halogen Ventures, which includes companies like One Potato, Clover Letter, Sugarfina, theSkimm and Eloquii.

What do they do? Halogen Ventures lives by the mantra that “entrepreneurs are the salt of the earth.” Their VC fund is early stage and, as mentioned above, focuses on funding female-founded startups changing the world we live in.

Outside of funding, Halogen Ventures also wants to help its portfolio companies beyond monetary means.

 

Entrepreneurs who work with Halogen Ventures get to tap into a community network of investors, accelerators and advisors to keep furthering their brands forward.

4. Rivet Ventures

Leadership and Location: We’re heading back to San Francisco to meet up with Rivet Ventures, co-founded by Shadi Mehraein and Rebeca Hwang.

Who’s in their portfolio? Rivet Ventures funds a medley of startups ranging from children’s multimedia company GoldieBlox to business management platform HoneyBook.

What do they do? Much like Halogen Ventures, Rivet Ventures invests in businesses run by women. The firm also backs male founders, so long as the companies are in women-led markets where female usage matters to the growth of the business.

Rivet goes beyond providing capital by offering assistance to entrepreneurs in everything from helping pursue development deals to hiring.

What keeps this VC firm standing out from the pack? Rivet listens. Once the team knows what you and your business are about, they can provide the best in personalized expertise.

5. Urban Innovation Fund

Leadership and Location: Based in San Francisco, California, Urban Innovation Fund is led by Managing Partners Julie Lein and Clara Brenner.

Who’s in their portfolio? This VC firm’s portfolio is incredibly diverse and unique. You’ll find businesses of all kinds here, from breast-milk shipping service Milk Stork to udelv, creators of the driverless, electric, last-mile delivery vehicle.

What do they do? Urban Innovation Fund is a VC firm investing in the future of cities. Statistics on its website state that 81% of Americans live in cities and two-thirds of the world’s population will have urbanized by the year 2050.

If your startup can shape the future of a city — in an industry like transportation, food systems or housing — Urban Innovation Fund wants to help fund your business with seed capital.

6. WomensVCFund II

Leadership and Location: The WomensVCFund II has two locations in Los Angeles, California, and Portland, Oregon. The firm also has two co-founders in Edith Dorsen and Monica Dodi.

Who’s in their portfolio? The WomensVCFund II portfolio consists of businesses from all around the country. These include The Riveter, Seattle’s coworking space for women, Vow To Be Chic, a Santa Monica bridesmaid rental company, and The Dyrt, Portland’s online camping resource.

What do they do? The limited access to capital that women entrepreneurs, or leadership teams including women, receive had long been on Dorsen and Dodi’s minds. In 2017, they launched the WomensVCFund II. This VC firm piggybacked off its initial success investing in early stage women entrepreneurs and their revenue-generating businesses and showing that gender diversity is key to success in business.

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Midwest female VC firms

As Midwest VC firms continue expanding, which ones should women entrepreneurs seeking venture capital financing have on their radar? Start with these five:

Jane VC
Moderne Ventures
Ceres Venture Fund
KCRise Fund
Capita3

1. Jane VC

Leadership and Location: Jane VC is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and led by founding partners Jennifer Keiser Neundorfer and Maren Thomas Bannon.

Who’s in their portfolio? Proformex, Sown to Grow and Hatch Apps are a handful of “the stars of Jane” in their portfolio.

What do they do? Jane VC is devoted to helping women-led businesses. Quotes on their site acknowledge that women-led companies are big performers, but women worldwide receive just 2% of venture capital investment dollars.

Ergo, investing in women is good business and one that Jane VC dedicated its mission to.

 

Women-led businesses are welcome to pitch them their big, bright ideas.

Beyond investment, Jane VC also provides additional opportunities in the form of guidance, thought partnership, and introductions.

2. Moderne Ventures

Leadership and Location: Led by Founder and Managing Partner Constance Freedman, Moderne Ventures is located in Chicago.

Who’s in their portfolio? Businesses are listed on the site in alphabetical order, from home security platform Abode to Zaarly, where individuals may hire home service providers that deliver on what they promise.

What do they do? Moderne Ventures invests in early stage companies in industries that include insurance, finance and real estate. Why these industries specifically? According to Moderne’s website, they’re trillion-dollar markets that represent 20% of the U.S. GDP, making them ripe for innovation.

Beyond capital, Moderne Ventures is working to put disruptive businesses on the path to success.

They offer a membership program called the Moderne Network composed of executives who serve as mentors and advisors to the fund and its portfolio companies. A seven-month immersion accelerator, known as the Moderne Passport, gives applicants the chance to take their businesses to the next level.

Businesses that join the program receive mentorship opportunities and the chance to refine strategies for their startups.

3. Ceres Venture Fund

Leadership and Location: Based in Northfield, Illinois, Ceres Venture Fund is led by three managing directors: Sona Wang, Donna Williamson and Laura Pearl, who each boast more than 20 years of experience in venture capital financing.

Who’s in their portfolio? A wide range of businesses, including event commerce market leader Eved, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s first total artificial heart SynCardia Systems, Inc., and biotechnology company SynTherix, Inc.

What do they do? Ceres Venture Fund believes in early stage Midwestern businesses with high growth potential. Will they invest in these businesses, especially those that specialize in IT and healthcare fields? Yes!

More than funding, Ceres Venture Fund wants to aid in the successful development of these startups. They partner with entrepreneurs and provide portfolio companies with resources, like valuable contacts, that can take their companies onward and upward.

4. KCRise Fund

Leadership and Location: Founder and Managing Director Darcy Howe is at the helm of this venture capital investment firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

Who’s in their portfolio? It’s a who’s who of the Kansas City startup scene, with businesses like Payit, Life Equals and Blooom in their portfolio.

What do they do? Promising startups in the greater Kansas City area have an ally in KCRise Fund. The co-investment fund specializes in financing high-growth startups that need $1 million or more.

However, with great monetary power comes great responsibility.

 

KCRise Fund has a four-step investment process. Interested applicants must complete an introduction form and meet certain eligibility requirements, go through an initial screening, and connect with institutional investors. From there, the final decision to invest is voted on by the KCRise Fund Board of Directors.

5. Capita3

Leadership and Location: Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Capita3’s leadership includes Founding General Partners Pamela York and Sara Russick.

Who’s in their portfolio? While the Capita3 website does not include a list of companies in its portfolio, the firm will reportedly provide seed stage funding over the next two years for seven to 10 Midwestern businesses run by women.

What do they do? “From her to there” is the tagline for the early stage VC fund. Capita3 invests in companies — especially women-led startups in the B2C and B2B markets — that emphasize living healthier lives.

There’s one distinctive way Capita3 stands out from the typical VC firm pack: They invest in the company and its CEO.

This is part of the “new standard” that Capita3 hopes to establish for VC-financed businesses. Their team is full of entrepreneurs and investors who have been there, scaled that startup and got the company exit T-shirt, so you know you’re in trustworthy hands.

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Southern female VC firms

Here are five standout female-focused venture capital funds in the South:

The JumpFund
True Wealth Ventures
Good Growth Capital
Valor Ventures
Bumble Fund

1. The JumpFund

Leadership and Location: Led by Managing Partner Kristina Montague, The JumpFund is based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Who’s in their portfolio? Specialty roasting coffee company Fleetwood Coffee, natural dye business Stony Creek Colors and 3D printed shoemaker Feetz all have a place in The JumpFund’s portfolio.

Every company in this portfolio has two things in common: Each business is led by aspirational women entrepreneurs and each was founded in the Southeast.

What do they do? Where are the women? Since launching in 2013, this is the question The JumpFund has set out to answer. Their solutions include increased capital investments for women entrepreneurs in two categories: women investing in women and gender lens investing.

The JumpFund recruits and works with women interested in investing capital into high-growth ventures created by other women. Their VC fund is also part of 58 other VC funds that invest through a gender lens. This means that the focus is on increasing women’s access to capital and women’s presence and value as entrepreneurs.

2. True Wealth Ventures

Leadership and Location: This Austin, Texas, venture capital investment firm is led by Founding General Partner Sara T. Brand and General Partner Kerry Rupp.

Who’s in their portfolio? Smartwatch provider UnaliWear, mobile neurocognitive testing solutions company BrainCheck, and patented skin health treatment Dermala all have a place in the True Wealth Ventures portfolio.

What do they do? True Wealth Ventures follows a specific hashtag mission: #TrueWealthWomenDo. Statistics have shown that women-led companies succeed financially, but only 2% of venture capital dollars go toward these startups.

This VC fund invests in high-growth markets where women are the primary customer.

 

Moreover, True Wealth Ventures seeks out companies where women are interested in making a positive impact through environmental and human health.

3. Good Growth Capital

Leadership and Location: Led by Managing Partners Maureen Stancik Boyce, Ph.D., and Amy Salzhauer, you’ll find Good Growth Capital’s office in Charleston, South Carolina.

Who’s in their portfolio? Good Growth Capital places a primary focus on investing in early stage tech companies, and their portfolio reads as a “who’s who” of movers and shakers in the space. There’s Republic and Questis in the fintech space, Pryon in artificial intelligence, and Aluna and Leuko rounding out healthcare technology.

What do they do? As mentioned above, Good Growth Capital’s VC firm helps fund early stage technology startups and fill in the investment gap.

Good Growth Capital goes beyond simply investing in a business. The firm connects its portfolio companies to their partners in Charleston, Boston and New York to continue supporting entrepreneurs behind tech startups.

Further investment opportunities might also be found in Good Growth Capital’s Infinite Corridor Fund. This fund targets industry sectors, like hard sciences and data sciences, that are poised for rapid growth.

An in-network team of advisors with serious qualifications assist in the process. These advisors have either worked with or at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Some are even active angel investors with MIT angel groups, proving they know how to walk the walk and talk the tech talk.

4. Valor Ventures

Leadership and Location: Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Valor Ventures is led by Founding General Partner Lisa Calhoun and Founding Partner Sarah O’Brien.

Who’s in their portfolio? Businesses ranging from one-click event photography services company Candidly to Rented.com for short-term vacation rentals.

What do they do? You only have to look to the fund’s name for why it’s worth it to partner with Valor.

Valor knows what it means to be courageous.

 

The VC fund offers a supportive shoulder for seed stage founder growth and understands how to meet the challenge of growth spurts and growing pains alike. Valor invests in seed stage companies on a national level, from software startups to businesses categorized as “undiscovered overachievers.”

They even have a recruiting platform through Women Who Code. This allows Valor to assist companies in their portfolio in finding the talent they need for their technical roles.

5. Bumble Fund

Leadership and Location: Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Whitney Wolfe Herd’s dating app Bumble announced the launch of in-house VC fund Bumble Fund in 2018. Their investment strategy is led by Bumble COO Sarah Jones Simmer and Senior Advisor Sarah Kunst.

Who’s in their portfolio? For now, initial commitments include companies like Beautycon and Mahmee. Swimwear company Sofia Los Angeles is also included, which was founded by Anasofia Gomez. If Gomez’s name rings a bell with devoted Bumble fans, it’s because she was one of the first winners of the Bumble Bizz Pitch Competition.

What do they do? Swipe right for investors. App jokes aside, Bumble Fund is keenly aware that many women — particularly those in the Black and Latinx communities — tend to be the most entrepreneurial and the most ignored by venture capital investors.

Bumble, which prides itself on having an 85% female workforce, has taken investing into their own hands.

 

Bumble Fund wants to help fund women in underrepresented groups with a focus on early stage investments.

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East Coast female VC firms

Now, over to the East Coast. Check out these five, women-founded VC firms with a reputation for funding women-owned businesses:

Female Founders Fund
 Glasswing Ventures
 Chloe Capital
 SoGal Ventures
1843 Capital

1. Female Founders Fund

Leadership and Location: Female Founders Fund is led by Founding Partner Anu Duggal and Partner Sutian Dong out of New York City.

Who’s in their portfolio? Startups from B (BentoBox) to Z (Zola). I would use A to Z, but there isn’t a company with a name that starts with an “A” listed … yet!

What do they do? Simply put, Female Founders Fund is an early stage firm that invests in exceptionally talented women business owners. The firm sticks to the mission that, “It’s not just about women. It’s about talent.”

If you have a disruptive offering that can make consumer lives better, they want to hear about it — and potentially help fund that business.

2. Glasswing Ventures

Leadership and Location: Rudina Seseri serves as the founder and managing partner for the Boston-based VC firm.

What do they do? “Today’s innovation, tomorrow’s transformation.” Who could resist pitching a VC firm with such an incredible tagline? This early stage firm invests in artificial intelligence (AI) and frontier technology companies, perfect for female entrepreneurs with next-generation AI on their minds and in their business plans.

Beyond investments, Glasswing Ventures also has several councils under its belt. The Connect Council team is made up of entrepreneurs, technologists, AI academics and business executives.

A group of security experts known as the Protect Council work to build and enhance their security portfolio. Last but never least, successful business owners make up the Entrepreneurs Lead-in Council to guide companies that receive investment funding onward and upward.

3. Chloe Capital

Leadership and Location: Chloe Capital is led by not two, but three female partners. Kathryn Cartini, Elisa Miller-Out (who serves as their managing partner) and Erica O’Brian lead the team in Ithaca, New York.

Who’s in their portfolio? Accelerator companies like Mi Padrino and Raybaby can be in their portfolio shortlist.

What do they do? Chloe Capital is a seed stage VC firm. Subsequently, their investments are seed stage (in the same camp as early stage investments) that are ready to finance women entrepreneurs on track to build a thriving business.

Beyond investments, Chloe Capital is working to close the diversity gap between entrepreneurs and venture capital.

 

The firm aims to provide seed stage funding, plus the resources and connections within the community needed to grow the business over time.

4. SoGal Ventures

Leadership and Location: Founding partners include Pocket Sun and Elizabeth Galbut. SoGal Ventures is based out of New York, but also maintains a strong international presence in countries including China and Singapore.

Who’s in their portfolio? More than 50 startups throughout the world including SWAAY Media in New York, Idaho’s Lovevery and The Right.Fit in Sydney, Australia.

What do they do? SoGal Ventures prides itself on “not being your typical venture capitalists.”

The seed stage investment firm is also the first to be led by millennial women.

 

Millennials, once considered to be too young to employ or assume the CEO duties of a startup, are now entering their 30s. As their generation prepares to take over the workplace, SoGal Ventures is ready to invest in their ideas and plans. They’re saving the world and have the capital to back it up — one diverse, bold startup at a time.

5. 1843 Capital

Leadership and Location: Tracy Chadwell serves as founding partner alongside General Partner Alison Andrews Reyes at this early stage VC firm. 1843 Capital is based out of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Who’s in their portfolio? Current fund investments include startups like Agrilyst and Finn.ai. Previously, 1843 Capital invested in Beautycounter, Rapt Media and Seedling.

What do they do? According to its website, English mathematician Ada Byron Lovelace wrote some of the world’s earliest computer algorithms. Despite being in the presence of male mathematicians like Carl Friedrich Gauss and Bernhard Riemann, Lovelace was credited for her vision in 1843. Then and now, 1843 Capital celebrates Lovelace and pays tribute by investing in other influential women entrepreneurs breaking new ground.

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What’s next?

If you are looking for funding, these examples of VC firms that focus on venture capital for women are worth researching further. There’s never been a better time to take your dream of entrepreneurship to the next level!

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Check Out These 29 Work-From-Home Companies for Remote Jobs

When you want to start working from home, it can be hard to know where to begin. The sheer volume of job opportunities available online can make the process overwhelming. 

To make things a little easier, we’ve put together a list of companies that regularly have work-from-home job opportunities. 

And don’t worry, we do our homework on companies before sharing them with our readers by vetting them thoroughly.

Companies With Work-From-Home Jobs

Adobe

Adobe is a software company known mostly for its Adobe Flash Technology. With over 22,000 employees worldwide, Adobe offers a wide variety of full-time, telecommute jobs.  

Benefits: The company offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical insurance, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off and more. 

Pay: Varies by position. 

How to Apply: Type “remote” in the search bar on this page to view work-from-home jobs at Adobe. You can also select locations labeled “Remote” in the side bar.

Aetna

The health care company Aetna has a wide variety of job listings that include remote work. Some examples are project data analyst, clinical liaison, appeals nurse consultant and customer service consultant. Work-from-home positions with Aetna sometimes have location or travel requirements, so be sure to read job descriptions carefully before applying. 

Benefits: Employees are eligible for a wide range of benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, a 401(k) plan, tuition assistance and a student loan repayment program. Benefit eligibility varies by position.

Pay: Pay varies by position.

How to Apply: Click here to explore remote job openings. 

Alorica

Alorica is a customer relationship management company that regularly hires work-from-home customer service agents. Alorica handles online chats and calls 24/7, so multiple shifts are available for people looking for a flexible schedule. 

Benefits: Employees have the option to take advantage of medical and dental benefits, but they are contingent on the number of hours worked.

Pay: Pay varies depending on the program and the amount of time committed to work.

How to Apply: Click here if you’re interested in applying for a work-from-home job at Alorica. 

Amazon

A person carries Amazon boxes to deliver

Amazon is one of the largest online retailers in the world. In 2019, Amazon had more than 750,00 employees. It has an entire jobs page devoted to virtual, work-from-home positions. Some remote job categories include human resources, customer service, sales, advertising and project management. 

Benefits: Amazon offers benefits such as medical plans, 401(k), paid time off, adoption assistance, parental leave and restricted stock units opportunities. Eligibility varies depending on position, location, number of hours worked and employment status.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to view open positions at Amazon.  

American Express

American Express offers full and part-time remote job opportunities across the world. The financial services corporation was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune in 2019. Work-from-home positions include customer service, sales, human resources and more.

Benefits: Benefits offered include health insurance, paid parental leave and tuition assistance. Eligibility varies depending on position, location and hours worked.

Pay: Varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to check out the open remote positions. 

Anthem

Anthem is an American health insurance company in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The work-from-home job opportunities at Anthem vary, but some examples include clinical fraud investigator, health educator and nurse case manager.

Benefits: Anthem offers benefits, but they vary based on position and length of employment. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on position. Some positions offer sign-on bonuses.

How to Apply: Click here to view open remote positions at Anthem. 

Appen

Appen is a software company that specializes in data and linguistic annotation. FlexJobs has named it one of the top companies for remote jobs by FlexJobs from 2014 to 2020. Remote positions available include flexible, short-term projects, as well as full-time corporate roles. Some specific examples of the jobs offered are social media evaluator, crowdsourcer and software engineer. 

Benefits: Benefits such as medical coverage, parental leave and 401(k) are offered to full-time, permanent employees.

Pay: Pay varies depending on the position.

How to Apply: Click here to view open positions. 

Cigna

Nurse tending patient in intensive care

Cigna is a global health services organization with over 74,000 employees. Operating in 30 countries, the company offers work-from-home job opportunities all over the globe, from the United States to Belgium to New Zealand. Types of remote jobs available include business project analyst, Medicare field sales representative pharmacy accreditation data analyst and customer service advocate.

The company is also a military-friendly employer with partnerships such as 100,000 Jobs Mission and Hero Health Hire. Note that Cigna is a tobacco-free employer, and applicants are tested for nicotine use before employment. 

Benefits: Cigna offers benefits such as paid time off and a 401(k) plan, as well as medical, dental and vision insurance.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position

How to Apply: Click here if you’re interested in open positions. 

Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank is one of the oldest financial institutions in the country and is now the 13th largest retail bank. There are around 1,100 branches in 11 states, but work-from-home job opportunities are also available. Types of positions include wholesale account executive, home mortgage retail underwriter senior specialist, SBA business development officer and senior infrastructure engineer.

Benefits: Benefits with Citizens Bank vary by position and include PTO, bank holidays, 401(k) match and discounts on bank services. 

Pay: Varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to see remote job openings. 

Concentrix

Concentrix is a customer experience outsourcing company that employs more than 247,000 people around the world. A huge portion of those employees work from home. All of the remote job opportunities with Concentrix are in customer service. 

Benefits: Work-from-home employees are eligible for health insurance, performance-based pay and retirement plans.

Pay: Pay begins at $10 but varies depending on position and location.

How to Apply: Click here to view open work-from-home positions. 

Dell

Dell is a computer technology company known for its personal computers, software and printers. The company operates worldwide and offers remote job opportunities such as account manager, staff engineer and software technologist. 

Benefits: Benefits vary by job and location, but some options include medical, career development and employee assistance programs.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to see open positions.

HCA

HCA, or Hospital Corporation of America, is a provider of healthcare services that operates in 21 states with over 184 affiliate hospitals and 2,000 care sites. HCA offers both clinical and non-clinical remote job options. Some examples are meditech specialist, medical scheduler, insurance manager and call center customer service advisor. 

HCA is also a military-friendly employer and is part of the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership. 

Benefits: Full- and part-time employees may be eligible for benefits including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), tuition reimbursement, an employee stock purchase program and more.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to view open work-from-home positions at HCA.  

Hilton Hotels and Resorts

A lounge in a Hilton Hotel in London

The famous worldwide hospitality company Hilton has earned several employment awards over the years. Great Place to Work recognized the company as one of the “World’s Best Workplaces” in 2017, and Glassdoor dubbed it one of the “Best Places to Work” in 2018. 

Work-from-home jobs are centered around customer experience, with positions such as reservation sales specialist and customer care coordinator. Hilton supplies remote employees with some of the technical equipment needed, like a Thin-Client/mini-PC, keyboard, mouse and headset. 

Benefits: Employees may be eligible for a benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision for full-time employees, a 401(k) match, PTO and a travel discount program.

Pay: Base pay is $11 with the opportunity for performance-based incentives.

How to Apply: Click here to view open work-from-home jobs at Hilton. 

HSN

HSN, or Home Shopping Network, is the American television network famous for its shopping deals. It offers work-from-home customer service rep jobs. Remote employees are responsible for their own work equipment but can take part in benefit programs. 

Benefits: Some benefits include merchandise discounts and time off for volunteer work. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on the position.

How to Apply: If you’re interested in viewing open remote positions, click here

Hubstaff

Hubstaff offers staff monitoring resources, such as time-tracking software. The company is fully remote, and employees also enjoy flexible scheduling. Available jobs include customer support, software engineer and front-end engineer. 

Benefits: No information available.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here if you want to apply for a work-from-home job with Hubstaff. 

Humana

Humana is a health insurance company based in Louisville, Kentucky. Types of work-from-home jobs available at Humana include case manager, medical director and telephonic clinical advisor. 

Benefits: Benefits vary based on role — they include medical coverage, a 401(k) plan, PTO, disability and tuition assistance. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to check out open remote positions at Humana. 

Intuit 

Intuit is a business and personal finance software company that became a household name after launching products such as QuickBooks, Mint and TurboTax. The company has work-from-home positions available, including customer service and support and tax support. 

Benefits: The company offers benefits including paid holidays and vacations, 401(k) savings plans, PTO for volunteering, medical and life insurance and flexible scheduling. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to search for available positions. 

K12

A teacher and students using computers and a touchscreen tablet

K12 is an online education service offering programs for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. These programs benefit a wide variety of people such as homeschooled children and military families. 

Work-from-home positions include full-time and part-time opportunities teaching a wide variety of school subjects. They also include roles in human resources, information technology, project development and more. 

Benefits: Employee benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as PTO, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) and more.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply:  If you’re interested in learning more about K12 job opportunities, click here

Kelly Services

Staffing agency Kelly Services offers positions within its own company and also helps people find positions at its partner companies. It employs more than 500,000 employees worldwide as of 2018. It provides services to a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, engineering services, internet services, manufacturing and more. 

Benefits: Benefits vary depending on the placement.

Pay: Pay varies depending on the position.

How to Apply: Click here to find out which work-from-home positions are available with Kelly Services. 

Lionbridge

Lionbridge is a business process outsourcing company employing thousands of people in 28 countries. The company offers a variety of services including marketing, translation and global content management. 

Benefits: Employees may be eligible for benefits like medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, vacation and paid holidays. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on the position.

How to Apply: Click here to learn more about work-from-home opportunities with Lionbridge. 

LiveOps

LiveOps is a cloud-based contact center and customer service solutions company with agents serving industries like healthcare, insurance, retail and more. In January 2020, Forbes ranked the company No. 4 on its list of “Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs.” 

Benefits: Benefits include flexible time off, health care and career development. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: To see current work-from-home positions available, click here. You can also apply to become one of the company’s remote agents by clicking here.

Nielsen

A wall of tv screens

Nielsen is a performance management and information company that helps clients understand what people are buying and watching. The company is most known for tracking radio and television audience ratings. It operates in more than 100 countries and is featured on the S&P 500

Benefits: Many employees are eligible for benefits including health insurance, paid time off and a 401(k) with a company match.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

How to Apply: Click here to search available work-from-home jobs. 

Salesforce

Salesforce is a customer relationship management company. It offers remote positions in a variety of fields, including sales, products and technology, customer success, finance and operations and marketing. 

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Sutherland Global Services

Sutherland Global Services specializes in combining data analytics and design to improve and automate customer experience. Its 38,000 employees in 19 countries service more than 120 clients in a variety of industries, including media and communications, retail, government and banking. 

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Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

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TTEC

TTEC is a business process outsourcing company. Its workforce consists of 50,000 employees on six continents, including nearly 20,000 remote associates across the world. Employees work in a variety of fields ranging from financial services to logistics. Some of the career paths available include consulting, technology, customer service, sales and marketing and corporate roles. 

Benefits: This information is not available.

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

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Tutor.com, a part of the Princeton Review, is an online service offering one-on-one tutoring in subjects ranging from math and science to business and foreign languages. 

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Pay: This information is not available.

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UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group is the parent company of UnitedHealthcare, the healthcare benefits and coverage provider, and Optum, the information and technology health services platform. The company employs more than 285,000 people and operates in all 50 states and 30 other countries around the world. 

UnitedHealth Group offers several types of work-from-home positions, including care coordinator, bilingual customer service and business operations management. 

Benefits: Benefits include health plans, PTO, 401(k), an employee stock purchase plan and education reimbursement. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

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Working Solutions

Working Solutions specializes in customer service outsourcing, managing call center solutions for companies such as StubHub, Expedia and Office Depot. It manages a team of thousands of work-from-home agents across the U.S

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Pay: Pay varies according to assignment, but Working Solutions says most agents make between $9 and $30 an hour.

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Xerox

Xerox is best known for manufacturing printers, photocopiers, scanners and workflow solutions. In 2016, the company split into two entities, with one handling document management and the other, Conduent, running a new business outsourcing firm. Xerox employs more than 8,000 work-from-home employees under its virtual office program.

Benefits: Employees are offered a benefits package containing paid holidays, medical coverage, elder care and child care. 

Pay: Pay varies depending on position.

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Kaitlyn Blount and Matt Reinstetle are former staff writers at The Penny Hoarder.

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Survival of the fittest. Nature and high-tech in contemporary art

Survival of the Fittest at Kunstpalais in Erlangen. An exhibition that’s only one hour away by train from Munich and one of the last shows i got to see before the coronavirus put Europe on lockdown…

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Self-inflating Antipathogenic Membrane Pump from Designing for the Sixth Extinction, 2013-15

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Tega Brain, Julian Oliver and Bengt Sjölen, Asunder, 2019. Exhibition view at Kunstpalais Erlangen, “Survival of the Fittest.“ Photo: Kunstpalais Erlangen, Alexandre Karaivanov

Are artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, bioengineering and other innovations a key to healing the planet or are we fooling ourselves? Survival of the Fittest -which title seems to unintentionally mock current events- helps us ponder upon this question.

The installations, videos and sculptures selected by curator Milena Mercer look at the ambiguous role that technology can play in shaping the future of our planet. Each in their own way, these artworks navigate the tensions between a techno-solutionist discourse that celebrates technology as the ultimate answer to the effects of climate change and, on the other hand, the more critical voices that see in our faith in technology one of the main drivers of the ecological crisis.

In the Darwinian evolutionary theory, the “survival of the fittest” can be understood as the “survival of the form that will leave the most copies of itself in successive generations.” In the age of digital technology and synthetic biology, the fittest might not be the one we are used to: a feline Ai might turn out to be the fittest politician to help a city face the challenges tomorrow will bring; an ammonite that is 66 million years old might be the best harbinger of our future; and a lab-engineered life might be the best-adapted organism to survive the climate crisis.

Art, unlike design or technology, doesn’t promise to solve problems but its value is unrivalled when it comes to articulating difficult questions, bringing nuances to bold promises and helping us reflect on a future we can’t seem to trust anymore.

Here’s a quick tour of the show:

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Pinar Yoldas, The Kitty Al: Artificial Intelligence for Governance (film still), 2016

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Pinar Yoldas, The Kitty Al: Artificial Intelligence for Governance (film still), 2016

It’s hard to resist the charm of Pinar Yoldas‘ Kitty AI. You would normally distrust it. First of all, it’s an AI. And that AI has achieved what many people fear: domination over humans. We are in 2039, Kitty AI is the first non-human governor of a big European city. It is adorable and efficient, wise and cute. Citizens use their smartphones get in touch with it and complain about what is wrong in their neighbourhood. If the Kitty AI algorithm determines that the issue is important, it will solve the problem immediately.

What makes Yoldas’ animation particularly smart is that it doesn’t just propel us into speculation, it charts the various socio-political events and technological landmarks that led citizens to elect an AI to rule their city.

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Simon Denny, Extractor, 2019

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Simon Denny, Extractor (Digital illustration by Paul Riebe), 2019

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Simon Denny, Caterpillar Biometric Worker Fatigue Monitoring Smartband Extractor Pop Display, 2019. Photo: Jesse Hunniford/MONA

Simon Denny‘s series of works uncovers different layers of extractive behaviours, most of them spurred by the greed of the corporations that mine, engineer and manufacture digital technologies but also collect and process vast amounts of data, doing untold damage to ecosystems in the process.

The first thing you see as you enter the room is an over-sized cardboard version of CAT’s smartband, a bracelet that monitors worker’s sleep and determine the likelihood of an accident on construction or mining sites caused by fatigue. The device ensures that a worker’s weariness will not jeopardise productivity and profitability. The smartband is used in the mining industry, the backbone of the economy in many countries but also a cause of disasters and pollution that ravage ecosystems and the health of local communities.

The large cutout serves as a display for dozens of boxes containing a sinister version of the 1960s Australian board game Squatter, a kind of outback sheep-farming version of Monopoly. In the original game, players are aspiring farmers who battle flood damage, bushfires, animal disease, droughts and other disasters that have since become the new normal for Australia and other countries.

Denny’s version of the game -called Extractor– transposes the principles of sheep farming to the lucrative industry of data mining. At the start of the game, each player is a small start-up operator dreaming of amassing and monetising as much data as possible. The obstacles faced by players face range from diversity training to staff walkouts due to military contracts.

The game also demonstrates that mining for data is just as damaging for the planet as mining for raw material. Everything is connected, the virtual economy has very physical and ecological dimensions.

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Christina Agapakis, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Sissel Tolaas, Resurrecting the Sublime in Better Nature, 2019. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Alexandre Karaivanov

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Christina Agapakis, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Sissel Tolaas, Digital reconstruction of the extinct Hibiscadelphus wilderianus Rock, on the southern slopes of Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, around the time of its last sighting in 1912. Part of Resurrecting the Sublime, 2019

Resurrecting the Sublime offers visitors the opportunity to smell extinct flowers, lost due to colonial activity. The scent installation is the result of a collaboration between designer Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas and an interdisciplinary team from the biotechnology company Ginkgo Bioworks, led by Creative Director Dr. Christina Agapakis.

Using DNA extracted from specimens of flowers stored at Harvard University’s Herbaria, the Ginkgo team used synthetic biology to predict and resynthesize gene sequences that might encode for fragrance-producing enzymes. Based on Ginkgo’s findings, Sissel Tolaas reconstituted the flowers’ smells in her lab, using identical or comparative smell molecules.

You can sit on a stone under a hood that releases the scent and watch an animation showing the landscape as it used to be when the flower was still blooming. The project replicates the feeling of being there but it can never reproduces the full sensory experience. Once a species has disappeared, its ecosystem reconfigures itself. We can never go back in time and undo the damage we’ve done to the planet.

This kind of project lays bare the contradictions within the whole de-extinction movement. In a time of global biodiversity crisis, it would be wonderful to bring back the wholly mammoth and other vanished wild animals and plants. But which species should we start with and which criteria should we use to determine our priorities? Cuteness of a species? Amount of “services” it can fulfil in the environment? And if we manage to “resurrect” a tree or an animal, how will they fare if their original ecosystem has changed? Could they, for any reason we haven’t foreseen, constitute a threat for modern ecosystems? Is the original cause of their extinction still present? How do we ensure that the recreated species is genetically-diverse enough to ensure its own survival in the long term?

Resurrecting the Sublime, however, also suggests that the knowledge we are gaining from figuring out how to bring back extinct species could have a positive effect on the wildlife that is still around us: by connecting us to it and make us realise what we might loose.

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Jonas Staal, Neo-Constructivist Ammonites, 2019. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Alexandre Karaivanov

Public and increasingly also public interests are intent on colonising Mars and possibly other planets in the coming decades in a bid to flee from climate catastrophe, spread capitalism to interstellar levels, satisfy a thirst to conquer what hasn’t been conquered yet, mine for resources that are becoming harder and harder to extract on planet Earth, etc.

With his project Interplanetary Species Society (ISS), Jonas Staal invites us to consider our own biosphere before we go and embark on this ambitious project of becoming an interplanetary species.

ISS calls for new forms of comradeship between human, non-human, and more-than-human agents. Cooperation instead of colonisation! His installation consists of drawings and of ammonite fossils on top of columns bearing slogans such as “Redistribute the Future”, “Fossils are Comrades not Fuel”, “Collectivize Extinction” and “Living Worlds”. His Neo-Constructivist Ammonites installation pays homage to the Russian constructivists and productivists that spoke of revolutionary objects as “comrades”, as revolutionary agents in their own right. Ammonite fossils are thus comrades. The extinct marine mollusc animals dominated the earth’s oceans until it perished in the 5th mass extinction. The human species is now facing the unfolding of the 6th mass extinction of their own making. So maybe ammonites can teach us something. They are fossils; we are fossils-in-the-making.

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Andreas Greiner, Edit Yourself KIT, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

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Andreas Greiner and Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Aussaat, 2019. Installation view at Kunstverein Heilbronn. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Andreas Greiner and Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Aussaat, 2019. JCVI-SYN3.0 Zell landscape SEM

In 2016, scientists engineered a fully synthetic bacterium containing the smallest genome of any self-replicating organism. Made of the 473 genes, the so-called JCVI-syn3.0 includes only the genes essential for life. John Craig Venter calls them the first complete human-made life and the ‘beginning of digital biology’.

Andreas Greiner and Páll Ragnar Pálsson‘s installation consists of a self-playing piano and a video showing a landscape of the microscopic JCVI-Syn3.0 cells. By magnifying these microscopic forms of life, the installation brings us face to face with living cells that have been entirely engineered inside a laboratory. They belong to our living world, yet they stand aside at the moment. Which status should we give them?

Pálsson composed a piece of music for piano, soprano and violin inspired by video footage of these cells as well as a poem, ‘Sterne im März’ by Ingeborg Bachmann. The musical piece plays in the room. On the wall, Greiner has framed and hung an off-the-shelf DIY CRISPR kit that promises to allow your to manipulate life “from the comfort of your own home.”

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Paul Kolling, Paul Seidler, Max Hampshire, terra0 – Prototype for an augmented forest, 2016

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Paul Kolling, Paul Seidler, Max Hampshire, terra0 – Prototype for an augmented forest, 2016. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Paul Kolling

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Paul Kolling, Paul Seidler, Max Hampshire, terra0 – Prototype for an augmented forest, 2016. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Paul Kolling

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Paul Kolling, Paul Seidler, Max Hampshire, terra0 – Prototype for an augmented forest, 2016. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Paul Kolling

Terra0 is a self-owning augmented forest, a prototype that aims to sell licenses to log its own trees through automated processes, smart contracts and blockchain technology. With this system the forest is in the position to accumulates capital, buy more ground and therefore expand.

Other works in the exhibition:

Anna Dumitriu & Alex May in collaboration with Amanda Wilson, Archaea Bot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form, 2018-2019

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Futurefarmers, Fog Inquiry, University of California Berkeley, The Sea Inside the Kettle Boils, 2020. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Alexandre Karaivanov

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Mobile Bioremediating Unit in Designing for the Sixth Extinction, 2013-15. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Alexandre Karaivanov

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James Bridle, Cloud Index, 2016. Exhibition view “Survival of the Fittest”, Kunstpalais Erlangen. Photo: Alexandre Karaivanov

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Simon Denny, Extractor Screen 1, 2019. Photo: Jesse Hunniford/ MONA

Survival of the Fittest is running until 24 May at Erlangen Kunstpalais in Germany. It was curated by Milena Mercer, curator and acting director at the Kunstpalais & Städtische Sammlung Erlangen. The Kunstpalais is closed until the 19th of April. After that, there’s still be a full month to visit the show. And if you still can’t make it to Erlanger, look out for the upcoming catalogue of the show!

Previous stories: Asunder. Could AI save the environment?, Talking broiler chicken, germ maps and maggots with Andreas Greiner, Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain, etc.

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Art as We Don’t Know It

Art as We Don’t Know It, edited by director of the Bioart Society Erich Berger, artist and researcher Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka, artist Kira O’Reilly and researcher Helena Sederholm. Graphic design by Safa Hovinen / Merkitys.

The book is available on the Aalto University Shop as a hardcover and as a free pdf download.

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Publishers Aalto ARTS Books write: What worlds are revealed when we listen to alpacas, make photographs with yeast or use biosignals to generate autonomous virtual organisms? Bioart invites us to explore artistic practices at the intersection of art, science and society. This rapidly evolving field utilises the tools of life sciences to examine the materiality of life; the collision of human and nonhuman. Microbiology, virtual reality and robotics cross disciplinary boundaries to engage with arts as artists and scientists work together to challenge the ways in which we understand and observe the world. This book offers a stimulating and provocative exploration into worlds emerging, seen through art as we don’t know it – yet.

Art as We Don’t Know It showcases art and research that has grown and flourished within the wider network of both the Bioart Society and Biofilia during the previous decade.

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Kultivator and Karin Bolender, Kultivating m>Other tongues, 2019

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Kira O’Reilly, What if this is the only world she knew?, 2018

I love a book that makes me feel ignorant, that spurs me into learning and catching up with a field i wasn’t following as closely as i thought. With its selection of peer-reviewed essays, personal accounts, interviews and artistic contributions, Art as We Don’t Know It reminded me how fast-paced, broad and exciting bioart can be. Reading it has been a humbling and enlightening experience.

Bioart remains at the margins of mainstream art. And yet, by relentlessly scrutinising natural sciences and establishing connections with researchers, bioart ponders upon some of the most profound impacts that the manipulation of life will have/is already having on culture, ethics and society. And then sets to communicate them with imagination, depth and clarity.

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Tamara Pertamina, CRISPR SPERM BANK, 2018

The book is structured around four thematic sections Life As We Don’t Know It, Convergences, Learnings/Unlearnings, Redraw and Refigure. And because bioart people are generous like that, they also threw in a glossary as a bonus.

Life as We don’t Know It is the perfect title for a section that looks into the shift in our understanding of what constitutes life following the rapid development of synthetic biology. It goes further however by also exploring exobiology, the biological systems and forms which are not from earth. The second section of the book – Convergences – focuses on the different ways in which the technological and the biological cluster into new constellations through artistic practice. Learnings/Unlearnings underlines the importance of self-education and knowledge-sharing when it comes to understanding, probing and communicating techno-scientific developments. A more self-reflective section, Redraw and Refigure looks at how art and thinking can help speculate and offer “strategies of amendment.”

The book closes on a glossary where you read about animal and forestry but also “Black Veganism” and xenomogrification. Each author submitted terms and definitions that they considered relevant to their contributions.

Ian Ingram, Nevermore-A-Matic, 2016

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If you’re interested in animals, survival, sex, climate change, biopower and anything in between, you’re bound to find something to make you think in Art as We Don’t Know It. Here’s a quick overview of some of the articles i enjoyed the most:

By going through the details of her HRT regimen, xenologist Adriana Knouf points to the “biohacking” dimension of HRT. Not only because of its profound medical effects but also because the United States Food and Drug Administration doesn’t officially authorise its use in the context of gender affirming therapy. There are no medications specifically designed for trans-gender HRT and by relying on what is available and marketed to cisgender people for all sorts of health reasons (to counter acne, high-blood pressure or the effects of menopause, for example), anyone using these medicines on the long term in the context of gender reassignment therapy is engaging in a form of self-experimentation.

Knouf’s text also explores xenology, the study, analysis and development of the strange, the alien, the other. Because some people fail to see transgender individuals as fully human, she herself feels like she belongs to xenology. Instead of running away from that term and what it entails, she embraces it as a part of a series practices of DIY and DIWO, hacking, reclaiming technology, infiltrating labs and opening up to encounters with other xenoentities in the universe.

Erich Berger uses his observation of the landscape in the sub-Arctic region of northern Finland and a selection of artworks to illuminate otherwise hard to cenceptualise matters of deep time and deep futures.

Laura Beloff reflects on hybrid ecology through the lens of art and forestry in Finland. I was expecting that the wise and eco-conscious Finns would protect their forest patrimony better than the rest of a Europe. Sadly, it appears that in Finland too the government sees forest as a resource to exploit for maximum economic gains. Hybrid ecology, she explains, refers to artworks and art practices that deal with an ecology that is an aggregate of biological and technological parts further complicated by the pressure of socio-economic interests. They form a community which grown, constructed and modified members enter into reciprocal exchanges that go beyond human intentions. The selection of artworks Beloff uses to illustrate the concept of hybrid ecology reveal changing environmental and societal conditions.

Rian Ciela Visscher Hammond wrote about Open Source Gendercodes, a project that aims at developing new, cheaper hormone production technologies in order to queer oppressive regimes of ownership and bio-power.

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Christina Stadlbauer, Ceramic Scar Tissue, 2018 (photo)

I learned in Denisa Kera‘s account of the forgotten history of our attempts to make science more inclusive and socially-engaged that Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was publicly executed for his “unpatriotic” science. That was the the late 18th century but as she explains, various regimes in the 20th century similarly abused science and technology to serve their own vision of how science should serve the “greater good.”

Curator Jurij Krpan, looked back at the impressive accomplishments of the Ljubljana institution Kapelica Gallery. His essay focuses on the development of a program that orchestrates the creation of increasingly complex artworks. The works supported by Kapelica demand sophisticated technologies, functionally equipped rooms and the support of scientists and engineers from around the world.

Heather Davis, Elaine Gan and Terike Haapoja contributed to the publication with an insightful essay on the “Unbearable Whiteness of Bioart”. It is indeed quite surprising that a community so intent on uncovering and denouncing ethical problems raised by biotechnology and science in general, a community that constantly questions our disconnect from other life forms seems to be unconcerned by the equally urgent issues of decolonialization and intersectionality.

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The Tissue Culture & Art Project, Biomess, Exploded lab incubator with a custom-made bioreactor hosting living Hybridoma cells (detail from installation at the Art Gallery of Western Australia), 2018. Photo by Bo Wong

Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr from the Tissue, Culture & Art (TC&A) Project wrote a sharp and at times also humorous text that dissects artists’ role as fearless and pestering challengers of the theory, practice, application and implications of life sciences and biotechnologies. Another mission of artists, they believe, is to expand the narratives and directions in which knowledge can be applied.

Art As We Don’t Know It also introduced me to many (MANY) artworks i had never heard of. Here are some of them:

Paul Vanouse, Labor, 2019

Labor is an art installation that re-creates the scent of people exerting themselves under stressful conditions. There are, however, no people involved in making the smell – it is created by bacteria propagating in the three custom bioreactors at the center of the room. Each bioreactor incubates a unique species of human skin bacteria responsible for the primary scent of sweating bodies.

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Antti Laitinen, Forest Square III, 2009

Antti Laitinen dissected a 10 x 10 meter piece of forest, sorted it into its different materials (soil, moss, wood, etc.) and then rebuilt this piece of forest and arranged the different components by colour.

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Crystal Bennes, One Hundred Thousand Cities of the Sun, 2015

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One Hundred Thousand Cities of the Sun explores the idea of future cities developed around emerging nuclear technologies. One Hundred Thousand Cities of the Sun imagines what our cities might look like, how civic life could be transformed into cities with different kinds of work, infrastructure and community were it powered by nuclear energy.

A single, highly abstract, topological scale model of a City of the Sun has been constructed from dense, nuclear-grade graphite recovered from the thermal column of Finland’s first nuclear reactor. The sculptural model is joined by a series of text-based propositions, imagining alternative urban scenarios drawn from nuclear history past, present and possible future.

Teemu Lehmusruusu, Maatuu uinuu henkii (Respiration Field), 2019

Teemu Lehmusruusu‘s environmental installation is sensing and translating in sound and light the soil breathing and photosynthesis in summer at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden.

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Mari Keski-Korsu, Clear-cut Preservation, 2010-2017

Mari Keski-Korsu has been observing since 2010 an hectare of clear-cut forest in Eastern Finland where no forest management activities are allowed. A camera left on site is taking photos of this piece of forest in order to record what happens to a clear-cut without management.

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Andy Gracie, Deep Data Prototypes 1, 2 + 3, 2016. Photo: Ars Electronica

The prototypes of the Deep Data series are experimental simulation devices in which space-faring terrestrial organisms are subjected to selected elements of the deep space environment.

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Paula Humberg, Dispersal (Slot B2 at 0h 2018), 2018

Dispersal is a photographic series and bioart project that visualises the effects of pollinator decline and climate change.

The project was done at Zackenberg research station in Greenland. Only two bumblebee species live naturally in Greenland, and in the absence of bees, muscid flies are the main pollinators. Biologists estimate that populations of muscid flies has decreased by up to 80% over the past few decades. Climate change is considered to be the likely main cause. The effects of climate change are more marked in Arctic areas where climate is warming faster and the ecological communities are simpler and, thus, more vulnerable.

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Christina Stadlbauer and Ulla Taipale, Feast of Pollen Gold, 2017. Photo by Antti Ahonen

Melliferopolis‘s Feast of Pollen Gold is a still-life composition made of fruits and vegetables that are insect or wind pollinated.

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Margherita Pevere, Wombs, 2018–2019

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Johanna Rotko, Living Images, yeastograms, 2014-ongoing (photo)

Previously: Field_Notes: From Landscape to Laboratory, also available as a PDF download.

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