Hyphen-Labs: NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism

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Hyphen-Labs is an international collective of women artists, designers, engineers, game-builders, and writers known for works that merge art, technology, and science. Their latest project, the multiplatform NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism uses video, virtual reality, and medical imaging to explore Black women’s contributions to science while raising issues of identity and perception. Set in a future “neurocosmetology lab,” where Black women pioneer brain modulation and cognitive enhancement by embedding electrodes into extensions and braiding techniques, the piece reimagines technologies of beauty as media for scientific and social experimentation.

Hyphen-Labs presents and discusses the project, while inviting viewers to help produce new images and avatars of Black women to reprogram our digital and physical realities.‌

The NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism presentation will be followed by an introduction to virtual reality (VR) content development (technical options, current research, ideas for getting started, other projects to watch) and an opportunity to try out a VR experience.

Presented in collaboration with Conversations at the Edge.