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STEAM Week: Mimi Onuoha Talk and Workshop

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

STEAM Week Mimi OnuohaThe Department of Art & Visual Culture is proud to present STEAM Week (the A is for the Arts): A Talk and Workshop with Mimi Onuoha.

Mimi Onuoha Talk

Tuesday, March 19 | 1 - 2 p.m.
Giles Hall 412

What is Missing is Still There: On AI, Missing Data, and Identity
We live now in a time of artificial intelligence, a time when more data is being collected than ever before. For the world to make sense to computers, it must first be converted into data. But what happens to those sites and people who don’t fit the systems? This talk is about power and information, and the ways in which we are differently represented, classified, and forgotten.

Mimi Onuoha Workshop

Tuesday, March 19 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Giles Hall 412

Social Algorithms 
Algorithms are increasingly being deployed across society. In many situations, their usage is relatively straightforward. But when they are used to help make decisions that can impact people’s lives and choices, things can become far more complicated. By giving participants the opportunity to create their own social algorithms and reflect on the impacts those algorithms have, this group activity shows the ways in which algorithms used in social spaces can exclude and prioritize certain people.

About Mimi Onuoha

Mimi Onuoha is a Nigerian-American, Brooklyn-based new media artist and researcher whose work deals with the missing and obscured remnants forged from a society based on automation. Through layerings of code, text, interventions, and objects, she seeks to explore the ways in which people are abstracted, represented, and classified.

Onuoha has been in residence at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Studio XX, Data & Society Research Institute, Columbia University’s Tow Center, and the Royal College of Art. Her exhibition and speaking credits include venues like La GaitêLyrique (France), FIBER Festival (Netherlands), Mao Jihong Arts Foundation (China), Le Centre Pompidou (France) and B4BEL4B Gallery (San Francisco). Her writing has appeared in Quartz, Nichons-nous Dans L’Internet, FiveThirtyEight, and K. Verlag. In 2014 she was selected to be in the inaugural class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.

Onuoha earned her MPS from NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has taught at NYU and Bennington College. Most recently she is the 2018-19 Creative-in-Residence at Olin College for Engineering.

The talk is open to the public. The workshop is open to the Spelman community and requires an RSVP.

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