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Beyond the Binary

voidLab collaboration
: Shadow Glass and Shapeshifting AI were commissioned as a series by Feminist Climate Change, Ars Electronica 2017

Shadow Glass

Shadow Glass is a voidLab collaboration between Jen Agosta, Sanglim Han, and Xin Xin based on an interview with Safiya Umoja Noble, the author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (forthcoming, NYU Press). In the book Noble coins the term “technological redlining,” describing the historical redlining that gets carried over into the creation of algorithms. Noble challenges us to think about how the design of algorithms and databases intersects with issues of race, gender and class, and urges designers and policy-makers to confront and eliminate biases in the development of decision-making technologies. Shadow Glass echoes Noble’s perspective of artificial intelligence as a human rights concern.

Interviewer: Xin Xin
Visual artist: Sanglim Han
Sound artist / music producer: Jen Agosta

 

Shapingshifting AI

Shapeshifting AI is a voidLab collaboration between Sanglim Han, Jen Agosta, and Sarah Brady featuring experimental 3D animation and ambient sound score remixed with excerpts of an interview with writer Nora Khan discussing finding power in alienation and "otherness," the anthropomorphization of artificial intelligence (AI), and designing AI as a tool to explore subverting existing imbalanced power structures by using alienation to shape the future. Khan is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction about digital visual culture, artificial intelligence, electronic music and games. The original interview is featured in voidLab Archive, 2015-2017.

Interviewer: Sarah Brady
Visual artist: Sanglim Han
Sound artist / music producer: Jen Agosta