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Spectacular Grammar: Infrastructure as a Universal Language

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Spectacular Grammar: Infrastructure as a Universal Language


* Please RSVP for workshops individually. Guests can attend as many or as few as they want throughout the day. *

Spectacular Grammar: Infrastructure as a Universal Language is an exhibition and series of workshops which proposes that information technology infrastructure is more than just a tool for communication; it’s becoming foundational and inextricable from the structure of language.

Building off Marshall McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message," in which he states “the ‘content’ of any medium is always another medium” Spectacular Grammar puts forth the idea that information technology infrastructure is becoming the primary conduit for formulating language. Through hands-on workshops led by Mindy Seu, paige watkins, Color Coded, Feminist.AI and curator Renée Reizman, Spectacular Grammar presents diverse perspectives on how information technology infrastructure, through globalized distribution, international standardization, and research and development driven by a select few corporations, is forming a universal language. By examining archival canons (Seu,) grassroots organizing (watkins,) object-oriented agency (Color Coded,) vocal politics (Feminist.AI) and mass production (Reizman,) the workshops investigate the complexity of a budding information technology language..

Some items produced during the workshops will be added to the Spectacular Grammar exhibition.

This free, public event is brought to you from University of California, Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the Department of Informatics, the Institute for 21st Century Creativity, University Art Galleries, and Illuminations.

* Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees!


SCHEDULE09:00 AM - Breakfast09:30 AM - Introroduction09:45 AM - Renée Reizman: Individual Standards - part 111:00 AM - Color Coded: Tech is Not Neutral 12:30 PM - Feminist.AI: Voice Design Privilege12:30 PM - 01:30 PM - Lunch Break01:30 PM - Renée Reizman: Individual Standards, part 202:30 PM - Building Power to Build Infrastructure: paige watkins04:00 PM - P2P (page-to-page): Mindy Seu05:30 PM - Wrap up!


ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTSMindy Seu (she/her) is a designer and educator who is currently a student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society.

paige watkins (they/them) is a Black, genderqueer community organizer, archivist, educator and facilitator from Detroit. They just completed their Master of Community Development degree, sit on the board of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, are a member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), and co-founded Black Bottom Archives.  

Color Coded is POC-only transformative space that centers historically-excluded people in the co-teaching, co-creation, and co-ownership of new technologies. Our work supports and amplifies groups and individuals who are uplifting and sustaining communities of color—in Los Angeles and beyond. Together, we advance sustainable, community-centric projects to stay life long learners, protect our families, defend our hoods, decolonize and indigenize, liberate ourselves, grow collective wealth, and thrive!

Feminist.AI is a community AI research and design group focused on critical making as a response to hegemonic AI. Rather than simply criticize the lack of diversity in AI design and development, we propose an alternative by co-designing intelligent products, experiences and futures from a feminist posthumanist approach.

Renée Reizman (she/her) is an interdisciplinary curator, artist and writer at the crossroads of curation, social practice and critical spatial practice. She conducts long term research to examine cultural aesthetics and their relationship between urbanization, law, and technology. Renée embeds herself in communities to identify object-oriented networks that shape culture and society.


Questions? Email Renée Reizman at cnJlaXptYW4gfCB1Y2kgISBlZHU=



Map Room Gallery, 712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, United States
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