State surveillance, biometrics, racist algorithms, and more – it is easy to become fearful and overwhelmed when it comes to data. And yet, our communities are resilient and full of genius. Beyond the many hands-on tools of circumvention and protection we share at the AMC, we need creativity and inspiration when it comes to data too. This plenary will highlight the work of three artists who transform the fear of data and surveillance into power and healing: instagram poetry that makes security culture accessible and compelling; a father’s FBI file reclaimed and transformed into art; an open source software for surveilling the surveyors and fostering cross-movement collaborations.
dr. micha cárdenas and Frances Lee of the POClab will lead a digital security accessibility workshop based on the Boundaries Project to the student body at the University of Washington at Bothell on May 23, 2017.
dr. micha cárdenas of the POClab and James Keum of BASE are facilitating a community self-defense workshop at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington on April 15th, 2017.
BASE, an acronym for Building Autonomy & Safety for Everybody, is an ongoing response to the violence against women, and trans and queer people in Seattle and all over the world. BASE organizers advance a community-based strategy of self-defense and a belief that defending our bodies, livelihood, and communities is inherent to self-determination. In this free workshop, participants will learn how to do a knee strike and a palm strike, and practice yelling to build power that can transform oppressive systems in their lives.
POClab director Dr. micha cárdenas spoke on March 22nd at University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her talk, Creative Inclusive Design and Media Art Strategies for Resisting Fascism in the U.S. is sponsored by the Women, Gender, Sexuality studies program.