Code Is Not Neutral: Coding Workshop + Reading Group – CQDELAB

Join CQDELAB for a pair of workshops around coding practices, algorithmic oppression, and calls for justice through creative coding. Each session will convene with a discussion of readings and videos focused on the intersection of code practices and social injustice. Coding workshops (p5.js and css) will follow the discussion. These workshops will lead to the creation of text based interactive works, which will become part of CQDE”s installation during their December Residency at ADDS DONNA Gallery, Chicago. Participants may attend one or both.

Sunday Nov 15: 1 – 4
workshop: 3d shapes, textures, and animation with p5.js
reading: “A New Jim Code?” a conversation between Ruha Benjamin and Jasmine McNealy on race, carceral technoscience, and laboratory imagination in everyday life

Sunday Nov 22: 1 – 4
workshop: type animators with CSS
reading: TBD

Workshops are free and open to all skill levels. Registration required by November 8, 2020 for access to materials. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Workshop Format:
1-1:45 Reading Discussion
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 3:00 Coding Workshop
3:00- 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Coding Workshop Continued


is an ongoing collaborative project by Alejandro T. Acierto and KT Duffy that speculates on the nature of collaboration through queer-feminist frameworks within creative coding environments. Offering a series of speculative toolsets for the implementation of techno-collaborative feminist praxis, CQDE calls into question the relationships between human and machine.