Arts & Resistance: Feminist art meets science and the history of invention

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A student looks closely at a digital print on canvas in the Lane Hall exhibit space
A student looks closely at one of Sarah Buckius's digital drawings in the Lane Hall exhibit space
A student looks closely at a digital print on canvas in the Lane Hall exhibit space
A student looks closely at one of Sarah Buckius's digital drawings in the Lane Hall exhibit space

In early October, IRWG hosted Sarah Buckius, whose exhibition "!!!techn010ffspring!!!" is on view in the Lane Hall exhibit space. Through a grant from the Arts Initiative, Buckius took part in several events to engage the public, making the exhibition a truly inclusive and immersive experience.

Events included an artist talk where Buckius delved into the origins and the process of the exhibition, an enlightening Creative Invention Workshop where attendees used blue sky brainstorming and problem-solving exercises to imagine their inventions to solve everyday problems. In her interactive performance at North Quad, Buckius embodied a female-coded-robot-persona who is instructed to complete tasks through an imagined Amazon Mechanical Turk. The performance included digital video animation and interaction with audience members who played the roles of other mechanical turk workers. The performance wove together historical and present day technological inventions and gender-based references in a tangled mesh of video, sound, animation, and code-based instructions.

The Lane Hall exhibition remains on view through December 15th.

photo of Sarah Buckius and Melynda Price in Lane Hall
(above: IRWG Director Melynda Price introduces Sarah Buckius at the artist talk in Lane Hall)
 
photo of 2 students at a table with Sarah Buckius talking to them. the screen has the word "inventor" in large font at the front of the room
(above: Sarah Buckius guides students in a Creative Invention Workshop in Lane Hall)
 
photo of performance in North Quad
(above: Sarah Buckius performs as a mechanical turk robot receiving directions to complete tasks generated by AI in North Quad Space 2435)
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