AoIR16: Day 1, part 1. Stitching Poetics and #BlackLivesMatter.

micha c├írdenas' plenary, Trans of colour poetics: imagining futures of survival, began with the room collaboratively playing redshift & portal. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking game, and I was a little surprised by how affecting the collective experience was ("What do you mean leave? NO! STAY AND HELP!"). c├írdenas used this as a way of exploring … Continue reading AoIR16: Day 1, part 1. Stitching Poetics and #BlackLivesMatter.

Theorizing the Web, Day 1: cache flow & code queering & racial standpoints & magic & music & concrete dust

Theorizing the Web has been fascinating, but a bit of a shock to the system after AdaCamp. TtW is gloriously DIY, which has a lot of benefits: it's particularly great to see an academic(ish) conference that's open to activists and artists, and not hideously expensive to attend. I did miss the efforts AdaCamp went to … Continue reading Theorizing the Web, Day 1: cache flow & code queering & racial standpoints & magic & music & concrete dust

On (re)reading bell hooks

I've been trying, lately, to fill the terrible holes in my knowledge that were left by my degree. I studied political science and international relations at a pretty conservative department. This has given me a strong grounding in stuff like, 'classical liberal thinkers who happen to be mostly white men (and Mary Wollestonecraft for 'diversity') … Continue reading On (re)reading bell hooks

Social Media & Society 2014 wrap up, part 1: gender and moments of grunching

This was my first attendance at Social Media and Society Conference, and sadly I could only participate in the first day, being keen to get back to Montreal to help Claire prepare for the oncoming arrival of BabyClaire. Despite feeling a little anxiety that BabyClaire might decide to make an early appearance, I enjoyed the … Continue reading Social Media & Society 2014 wrap up, part 1: gender and moments of grunching