Hyphen-Labs is an international team of women of color working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future. Through their global vision and unique perspectives they are driven to create meaningful and engaging ways to explore emotional, human-centered and speculative design. In the process they challenge conventions and stimulate conversations, placing collective needs and experiences at the center of evolving narratives.
Session
In Emergency Break Glass

Hyphen-Labs experiments in immersive, computationally-driven, large scale installations that combine conceptual art, design and science. Hyphen-Labs will speak about co-collaboration and the use of emerging technology in their recent projects, highlighting themes of privacy and surveillance through the lens of speculative design, objects, neuroscience, architecture and virtual reality. Co-founders Carmen and Ece will discuss the design processes behind their recent project, NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism; the first chapter of a science fiction story placing you in Brooks’ “neurocosmetology lab.” Here, instead of ordinary braids, customers are fitted with transcranial electrodes that combines brain optimization research with timeless black hair rituals.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7th • 11:35AM • WALKER CINEMA

Panel
Whose tools? Whose house?

Modern tech-based artwork often has to rely on software, hardware, and computational services that are built and controlled by monopolistic corporations. How to artists weigh the creative possibilities of these tools and platforms against the problematic ethics of the corporations that make them? What opportunities exist for artists to use tools that circumvent corporate systems? Join panelists from Carmen Aguilar Y Wedge (Hyphen-Labs), Matt Mitchell, Meredith Whittaker and moderator Jer Thorp for this thought-provoking conversation.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th • 1:20PM • WALKER CINEMA