In the first month of 2020 almost everyday for 3 weeks students and teachers gathered at the School for Poetic Competition located in Westbeth Artists Housing.☄
This is my reflection of my time at Code Societies.☄︎
The fuzzy edges of character encoding -or- On the internet, nobody knows you are a binary numerical argument and not the letter “A” Jan 10th 2020 by Everest Pipkin. In this class we thought about communication in systems. I think about the first message transmitted using Morse code: "WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT" Morse communicated to his assistant 150 years ago. It is a statement that means "What has God done." It is not asking for an answer, it had no punctuation
Reimagining race tech and justice by Ruha Benjamin
I recently stared meditating and observing my breath, my body, my thoughts, my pain, and to not perceive any of them as good or bad, but to just perceive. I think that this is helping me stretch that moment out where I get to choose if Im going to continue a pattern or break it. To be more mindful of the past and the future, is to break the productivity of the racism that is so embedded in our society.
Surveillance Studies by American Artist Simone Browne
The present colonistic practices of Unicode or the facebook / google wire (underwater internet cable called Equiano) are the same kind of "installed with malintent" David Lyon spoke about in Simone Browne's text "Surveillance Studies".
Contract to acutal Equiano (famous abolotionist & author), born in slavery: slave narratives of the Federal writers project slaves were interviewed by white people (Browne: think about what might not be said or translated correctly)
between you and me by harlo holmes
between you and me I now use my own VPN called computer saith on my coputer and phone!
Taeyoon's class we built computers
Yes, these are computers!
Its innerworkings proudly presented
it conveys information
and it is handheld
I added a face to my computer
my computer smiles back at me
“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”
― Toni Morrison
Something that has come up again and again in code societies is how the desire to control and define and to analyze is inherently part of the white inferiority complex (nod to other Char who coined that phrase). In "decolonization is not a metaphor" by Tuck and Yang and they speak about the varieties of injustices in education: racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, capitalism, imperialism, militarism, colonization and how they cannot be lumped together because that reduces them. Just like Kameelah said she hated metaphors. I am grateful that Code Societies focuses on racism against black people in America because lots of white folk (✋🏼) must learn to sit with the uncomfortableness. The future we are striving for can live beyond but not forget that that white ancestors hurt people so deeply, and us, our joys and sorrows, our whole world are a result of it.
overall code societies was amazing.
This was my final project. It's called de-abstractions and translations It was software that would interpret text data as sound and visuals byte for byte, removing any meaning from the sound and visuals. Any perceived meaning is evidence you are profound
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