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Within the context of questioning many artistic structures, Improbable Connections wants to revindicate the essential role of the structures of art training, dissemination and production. Without them, it would be difficult for artists and thinkers, who contribute great value to society in general and a project such as Improbable Connections in particular, to continue researching and experiencing other ways of conceiving and constructing the world.
Final results
Video-summary, January 2012
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Poster-summary you can expand here.
Blog of the project
Project Progress
September 2011, second methodology session
July 2011, Lorena Fernández interviewed within the context of Techno-IMAGINARIES about her scientific trajectory
Location: Bilbao, Bizkaia

Legal status: DeustoTech is an Institute of Technology belonging to the University of Deusto and Deusto Foundation. It is part of the Faculty of Engineering in the University.

Year DeustoTech was founded: 2005
Year the University of Deusto was founded: 1886
Number of workers in DeustoTech: 100

Ownership of results of the improbable project: Option A (copyleft / creative commons).

DeustoTech + Remedios Zafra

Key words

Women, engineering, gender, technology, vocation, hobby.

Developed project: Her techno hobby / her techno job

Her techno hobby/her techno job” has been conceived as an innovation and research project that aims to address the problems arising from the lack of women’s vocations in the research field in electronics, information and communication technologies and associated engineering degrees.

Vocations are related to cultural imaginaries and models, to social expectations, to the processes of play and education and also to the intrinsic makeup of the fields of engineering and technological research.

Consequently, the project has been structured upon three areas of action in response to the need for pluralistic and integrated approaches: 1. Cultural imaginaries, 2. Spaces for training and to choose higher studies, and 3. Engineering faculty.

Three sub-projects have also been initiated based on these:
- Tecnoimaginarios: Interventions aimed at creating and disseminating creative works to make female technologists and engineers visible.
- Lovetek: Incentives for study and research into engineering.
- DecoTEIC: Seminars to introduce gender transversality in engineering.
Illustrations created by Inma Otero within the improbable project for an album called: “Adas. El origen de la programación”:

[january 2012] Results: tangible and intangible consequences of the process

- Report with conclusions and results.
- Creative works:
_ Mini-web novel: “History of a Nameless Woman”
_ Script and illustrations for an animated film or picture book: “Adas: The Origin of Programming”
- Database of creative capsules on women and technology open to public participation on the web.
- Conditions of Lovetek competition call for creative projects on “technology and future”.
- Seminar on “Gender and engineering” to launch a series of periodic “DecoTEIC” seminars to continue working on the issue and attempt to mainstream gender content in courses and research projects.
- Opening of a pool of ideas on “mechanisms to incentivise women’s vocations in the field of technology”.
- Directory of resources on gender and engineering (bibliography, videographic resources, articles, research, conferences and other related initiatives).

[may 2011] Draft project presented by Remedios Zafra

Under the hypothesis that promoting women's vocations in the field of EICT requires work to transform and consolidate new imaginaries (female and social, on the one hand, and disciplinary, on the other), Her Techno H(j)obby aims to emphasise the relationship between the technological HOBBIES and WORK of young women through social research and creative innovation. To do so, the aim is to intervene within three contexts: Techno-IMAGINARIES, or the inspiration of new technological identity models for women based on the creation of creative fiction illustrating the possibility of becoming an engineer; Love-TECH, a campaign for the creation of technological domestic garages or spaces for creative experimentation and production hardware and software, and Deco-EICT, a critical and deconstructive seminar on EICT areas of the University.

[january 2011] Research requested by DeustoTech

The aim is to design mechanisms to promote the vocation of women towards research in the field of Electronic, Information and Communication Technology (EICT) and associated engineering degrees. Consequently, the research requested is the public perception of technology and to devise mechanisms that provide a positive image of these sectors, particularly among women. One of the key supporting concepts could be the motto of DeustoTech: “Technology that matters”.


Deusto Institute of Technology (DeustoTech) is a university research institute of the University of Deusto and part of the Faculty of Engineering. DeustoTech was created with the mission to conduct research in Electronic, Information and Communication Technology, promote the transfer of technology to companies and strengthen high-level training.

In the past three years, DeustoTech has undertaken over one hundred research and innovation projects, having partnered more than 50 companies. Its network of international collaborators extends to more than 40 research groups spread over universities and research centres from five continents.

The Improbable project is carried out within the general framework of DeustoTech and the Faculty of Engineering itself. The team comprises 10 people, including the Dean, director of DeustoTech and heads of the Research Units.

Remedios Zafra

Work areas: gender, technology and creativity.

She is a writer and professor of Art and Innovation at the University of Seville, has a PhD in Fine Arts, International Master in Creativity and completed graduate studies in Art, Philosophy and Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is director of the X0y1 platform for artistic research and production into identity and network culture and the author of, among others: Netianas. N(h)acer mujer en Internet (Caja Madrid Essay Award); Habitar en (punto)net (Leonor de Guzmán Research Award), and Las cartas rotas. Espacios de igualdad y feminización en la Red (Carmen de Burgos Essay Award). She was editor of the journal Mujer y Cultura Visual and the arts section of Red Digital. She recently coordinated the e-book Ensayos sobre género y ciberespacio and her most recent book is Un cuarto propio conectado. She has directed various critical and creative projects on gender and technology. 

She is 37 years old and resides between Sevilla and Madrid.