SXSW Art Program: NSAF NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism by Hyphen-Labs

Mar 10, 2017 | 10:00am – 7:00pm
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NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism is a transmedia exploration told through speculative product design, emerging technologies, cognitive research, and transhumanism. Created by and for women of color, Hyphen-Labs presents a multi-layered possible future that transcends the constraints of the present; a realm which The New Yorker has called “another plane of consciousness.” Hyphen-Labs and its collaborators designed a roster of products —such as earrings that can record police altercations and clothing that thwarts facial recognition — thematically rooted in security, protection, and visibility. The virtual reality experience is the first chapter of a science fiction story placing you in a “neurocosmetology lab” where black women are the pioneers of brain optimization. Here, instead of ordinary braids, customers are fitted with transcranial electrodes that allow access to a surreal digital temple blending the physical with the digital. Additionally, participants are invited to contribute to ongoing neurological and cognitive impact research studies as a way of bringing scientific exploration into public spaces. Friday, March 17 NSAF will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm.

Primary Access: Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Music Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Art at sxsw
Event Type: Special Event