We announce Deep Lab: a congress of more than a dozen leading experts on digital culture, sharing four evenings of free lecture presentations, to be held at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. Lectures will take place 5:00-6:30pm, December 8-11, 2014 in the STUDIO main space.
Deep Lab is a impermanent collective of cyberfeminist researchers, organized by STUDIO Fellow Addie Wagenknecht to examine how privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and large-scale data aggregation are problematized in the arts and society. The Deep Lab participants, all women, are an international group of new-media artists, information designers, data scientists, software engineers, hackers, writers, journalists and theoreticians, who are engaged in ongoing critical assessments of contemporary digital culture. During the second week of December 2014, these experts will work collaboratively at the STUDIO in an accelerated pressure project, which blends aspects of a booksprint, hackathon, dugnad, charrette, and a micro-conference.
In addition to their congress, the Deep Lab participants will deliver four evenings of free public presentations, the Deep Lab Lecture Series, which will appear in the STUDIO’s video archive. Lectures will take place 5:00-6:30pm, December 8-11, at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (CFA-111) at Carnegie Mellon University.
The Deep Lab contributors:
The Deep Lab participants are gathered to:
- Create a book, visualizations, software, and manifestos, for release into the public domain;
- Explore the hidden potential for creative inquiry lying dormant within the deep web;
- Support its members’ ability to publish anonymously via proxy tools, and a multi-pseodonymous identity;
- Promote creative R&D to challenge traditional forms of representation and distribution;
- Continue the work of female hackers and activists like Cornelia Sollfrank, Netochka Nezvanova, and projects like Anna Adamolo.
The first phase of Deep Lab‘s research and publications are the product of a group residency at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU, in partnership with the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Laboratory at CMU, and made possible through support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Art Worksprogram of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, Deep Lab will partner with NEW Inc (the New Museum’s art/tech incubator) and the MIT Media Laboratory to offer additional residencies to group members. At the end of 2015, Deep Lab will reconvene to produce a series of public programs and exhibitions curated by Lindsay Howard and Julia Kaganskiy.
Deep Lab will feature the participation, contributions and/or presentations by:
- Addie Wagenknecht (artist, director Deep Lab)
- Allison Burtch (researcher, artist, activist)
- Claire L. Evans (musician; writer, Futures Editor of Motherboard/Vice Magazine)
- Denise Caruso (journalist; senior research scholar, CMU EPP)
- Harlo Holmes (software developer, director of metadata for the Guardian Project)
- Ingrid Burrington (independent researcher, artist)
- Kate Crawford (principal researcher, Microsoft Research; visiting professor, MIT)
- Jen Lowe (data scientist, researcher, writer)
- Lindsay Howard (independent curator)
- Lorrie Cranor (director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security [CUPS] Laboratory, CMU)
- Maddy Varner (artist, activist; undergraduate student, CMU School of Art)
- Maral Pourkazemi (visualization designer, artist)
- Runa Sandvik (privacy and security researcher, Tor Project)
- Golan Levin (director, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU)
- Jacob Appelbaum (independent security researcher)
- Jillian C. York (director for international freedom of expression, EFF)
- Jonathan Minard (independent documentary filmmaker)
- Julia Kaganskiy (director, NEW Inc, New Museum)
- Claire Hentschker (undergraduate student, CMU School of Art)
- Darya Kurilova (doctoral student, Software Engineering, CMU)
- Manya Sleeper (doctoral student, Societal Computing, CMU)
- Rebecca Balebako (postdoctoral researcher, CUPS lab, CMU)