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“Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping.”


Black Cyborgs

Things I said at #femDH that I want to remember: “Is a black person with a lantern a cyborg?” I was thinking through Simone Browne’s work on the lantern laws in New York City, instituted after the 1712 slave conspiracy. Liz, luckily, caught it, but I don’t want it lost in Twitter’s temperamental temporality:

“Can a Machine Make You Feel?” (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

Discussing the black masculine body and dance and feeling and capitalism and machines and opportunity and representation and Lil Buck’s artistic genius (which is his own but also straight out of the Memphis, jookin, black diasporic rhythmic embodied brilliance of the Upper South) and black cyborgs all at #femDH:

Shani Crowe (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

“The collection of images highlights insanely detailed and intricate braided ‘dos, which Crowe created after years and years of practice. “As a child, I would get my hair braided every two weeks by one of my aunts or an older cousin,” she tells us. “I picked up the skill from watching my relatives braid, and practicing on dolls. When I was around 11, and my aunts couldn’t execute the designs I wanted, I began braiding [on] my own. I was a walking advertisement for myself, and ended up attracting clientele.”

Snapchat (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

We had quite a bit of fun with Snapchat at #femDH. Our exercise was simple–in your groups, sign on to Snapachat (or download it if you don’t have it already) and spend a few minutes playing with the app. It took no time at all for participants to begin to play with the platform’s lens feature (known to the rest of us as filters) to create videos and images:

Trina in the Desert

“Trina is a design fiction that takes the form of a 3-part pecha-kucha that can be performed live, viewed as a narrated slideshow online, or read in print as a graphic novel. Conceived by Anne Burdick in collaboration with writer Janet Sarbanes (Army of One), the show-and-tell of this short story follows Trina, a literary scholar who works in solitude in her house in the desert. Trina’s adjunct status requires her to take on text analysis H.I.T.s (human intelligence tasks) to make ends meet. Through Trina’s eyes we see the always-on lively digital world that is her daily reality and within which the mystery of a cryptic, typewritten document unfolds.”


FemTechNet Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Pedagogy Workbook (#femDH)

“Acknowledging the challenges of teaching these sensitive and contentious topics in a time of economic retrenchment and increasing institutional precarity for departments of ethnic, gender, and humanisitic studies, this workbook is an ongoing project to build resources for faculty members who are often overburdened at their home institutions, but are willing to take on the difficult task of teaching about gender and racial inequity in our information culture….”


Chinyere Tutashinda on Surveillance (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

“In the 21st century, the overseer has jumped from outside on the street to online in your home. Without technology leaders and strategists dedicated to racial justice, Black communities – both citizen and migrant – will continue to bear the brunt of discriminatory policing, now in the high-tech world of the Internet…”


Class Constitution (#femDH)

We shared Cathy Davidson’s strategy for creating a class constitution at #femDH. I did a version of this exercise with the #BlackCodeStudies students and used Etherpad to take collaborative notes as we did. It worked better than I could have hoped. As a college teacher, it was terrifying. As a facilitator, it was electrifying. And for a moment these two identities of mine came together. As a result, I think, the class began to come together too.

They were also brilliant students who made it easy to take risks and try new things–and create community. So there was that too. 🙂