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Creative projects for anti-racism

How do artists explore and advocate for anti-racism in their work?
A.M Darke's Open Source Afro-Hair library screenshot
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As well as initiatives like the Everyday Racism App, artists are developing projects that highlight forms of racism in technology, and creating inventive ways to re-think and challenge it. Here are some examples for inspiration:

Open Source Afro Hair Library, A.M Darke

Open Source Afro Hair Library is a 3D model database for Black hairstyles and textures developed by A.M. Darke. It seeks to seeks to address the lack of thoughtful representation of Blackness in games, virtual/augmented reality, and other 3D media.

Invisible Mask, Comuzi

Invisible Mask by Comuzi is a baseball cap with infrared LEDs wired to the inside of the cap, which project dots of light onto the wearer’s face. These dots are invisible to the human eye, but will confuse the computer vision models in facial recognition systems and make the face unidentifiable. This work was commissioned by the Mozilla Foundation and Irini Papadimitiriou for MozFest 2019’s Arts & Culture Experience.

Now it’s over to you. Were you inspired by these examples? Do you know of any other projects creatively advocating for anti-racism? Share any thoughts in the comments below, and remember to read and respond to your fellow learners.

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