In a #BlackCodeStudies moment in the #femdh course at #DHSI2017, we discussed some of the basic assumptions behind code, vectors, and geometry underlying programming. We used Processing as our example or canvas, considering the number of variables it took to create a square versus a triangle versus a circle, etc. The idea was to break down some of our primitive (word choice on purpose) Western ideas about what is proper, powerful, or even useful in something like geometry when there is a world of geometric knowledge (African, Native) that uses shapes differently.
In other words, why (build a code that makes it) so easy to make a square and hard as hell to make a circle? To explore this we looked at everything from Shani Crowe to 18th century Natchez dance circles.
Enter this post over at African Digital Art: