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Repost and a reminder to “buffalo on”

Seems appropriate to return to this now, again, with the murder of the young white woman protestor Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, but also with the Trump on the verge of pardoning Joe Arpaio, the truly disgusting racist and vile sheriff in Arizona whose detention centers were notorious spaces for rape and humiliation. This is also a Now when well-meaning liberals and humanists are expressing their fears that dismantling Confederate statues may lead to dismantling monuments to people like Columbus (Story of OJ “…..ok?” shrug), and news has been circulating that a Puerto Rican man, Alexander Ramos, was identified as one of the white supremacists marchers beating young Deandre Harris in a video from the rally….

Chromatin: African Hair Geometry – AFRICAN DIGITAL ART (#femdh, #BlackCodeStudies, #dhsi2017) 

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: