#8 Melissa Palermo: Computers won’t change the world, women will | Introduction to feminist coding practices with p5.js

12.00–17.00 @Høegh Guldbergs Gade 65B, 8000 Aarhus C, DK
The workshop is in english and it's free of charge. Max. workshop participants: 8.
Bring your own laptop + power supply

Online spaces have become important forums for feminist discourse. Specifically, they have become platforms to raise awareness about, and combat, rape culture. This is most famously demonstrated in the use of social media platforms by feminist activists to raise awareness about the ubiquity of sexual assault and harassment through viral hashtags from #YesAllWomen to #MeToo.

As online spaces, there is a framework of code that enables these platforms to function. However, in our everyday use of these spaces, the reality that code powers online spaces is rarely considered, or code is seen as entirely objective. This workshop will encourage participants to consider code as political and discuss how feminist online spaces can be reimagined.

During this 5-hour workshop, participants will receive an introduction to the Javascript library p5.js and participate in a series of practical exercises including how to draw shapes and utilize conditional statements. These exercises will provide practical examples through which we will consider code as a tool for political feminist discourse.

Melissa Palermo (CAN) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. She recently completed her Masters of Design at Concordia University (Montreal, QC), and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON). Her work uses generative programming to make connections between personal experiences and broader societal issues. She is passionate about bringing together research and technology to visualize systems of power and encourage viewers to examine things they might not have considered about their relationship to these systems.