Thursday, Dec 10, 2020 3:30 PM

The Feminist Data Set: Workshop #1 with Caroline Sinders

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Through a series of three online workshops, the CAC invites you to participate in creating a Feminist Data Set. Through the work of artist Caroline Sinders, learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI), computer algorithms, mechanical turks, and how to create a more free and just technological future. Together, we will create a data set that has never existed before, and use that data to create Feminist AI. You don't need to be a technologist, AI engineer, or a robot to participate; just have open mind, a lot of curiosity, and a desire to resist data bias! ** Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Follow the event link on this page to RSVP! ** The workshops are hosted on Zoom and are open to anyone interested in exploring the project, and are intersectional, trans, and non-gender binary inclusive. Download Zoom at ABOUT WORKSHOP #1 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 Can data collection itself function as an artwork? Can it act as a form of protest? The first workshop in our series focuses on collecting feminist data beginning with an introduction to machine learning, data, and design thinking, and leading into a collaborative and facilitated process with the objective of building a feminist data set from the ground up. Through the workshop we will explore the potential of data to disrupt larger systems by generating new forms of agency. The creation of this feminist data set will act as a means to combat bias and introduce the possibility of data collection as a feminist practice, aiming to produce a slice of data to intervene in larger civic and private networks. ABOUT WORKSHOP #2 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 How are people used and mistreated in AI and how can we intervene in this underpaid, technical, labor system? In our second workshop in this series, we will move towards developing a feminist mechanical turk system, focussing on interrogating the human labor that really powers AI systems. People do all sorts of tasks in AI systems, from sorting data and responses (such as for Cortana; human laborers often wade through Cortana conversations consumers have with the AI to annotate) to mechanical turk, where real people do many, many small tasks over many hours to train the AI models. AI is made by people, and human hands, and those humans are often underpaid. Thus, we wonder, can we make a feminist system of this, how could we, and what could it look like? ABOUT WORKSHOP #3 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 Workshop #3-This work is a deep provocation, but a reflection of our wants and needs, as a community. What is an intersectional feminist AI system, or what would an intersectional feminist algorithm need? Let's speculate: if we were, as a community, to instruct an AI system to reflect our needs, what instructions, parameters, or even a kind of manifesto, would we want to present to these larger systems? Or perhaps, what do we wish for Ai systems to refuse, to fail, and to limit their extent and power? --- These workshops are part of the CAC's online programming for Make America What America Must Become, An Exhibition of Gulf South Artists, on view at the CAC through January 24, 2021. Explore our Virtual Exhibition at