“Steve Shirley went on to become the world’s first freelance programmer and founded the software company F.I. Group in 1962, one of the UK’s earliest startups. It was a revolutionary company, writing software only — an outrageous proposition at the time. It was managed and operated by highly skilled female engineers (“We hired men. If they were good enough.”), who worked from home — also unthinkable amidst the era’s gender biases and social norms. And yet they forged forward, forever changing the course of entrepreneurship and women in technology. When F.I. was eventually floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1996, it earned hundred of millions of pounds. Today, she is bringing that same zest for change and betterment to her work in philanthropy.
This fantastic short film, produced by Google as part of a series highlighting women’s involvement in the early days of computing, tells Dame Steve Shirley’s remarkable and heartening story.”
The Tumblr had quickly turned into a “100% collaborative” group project, Exquisite corpse-style — each artist begins his digital piece where the last one took off and so forth, as you scroll. The project is ever-ongoing.
In Miami, it now lives in the physical space at the UNTITLED art fair, as a project with Art F City. That’s a physical scroll. The Tumblr and the Tumblr contents printed on 265 feet of Tyvek are for sale as one singular, multi-authored artwork.