Into the Red: They are. We are. I am.
27 March – 25 April 2020
Co-presented with Images Festival
Experience the data visualization project: theyareweareiam.com
They are. We are. I am. is a project that responses to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems, focusing specifically on oppressive datafication boosts for Indigenous peoples. Artist and scholar Tiara Roxanne works with data mining, storytelling, and red textile installation. The events and data visualization aims to interrogate data colonialism alongside the embedded, intergenerational trauma experienced on an individual and collective level for Indigenous peoples.
Aztecas del norte, mojados, Indigenous peoples, First Nations People, mestizos, Redskins, American Indians, Mexican Indians, Native Americans, Natives, savages, minorities, at risk peoples or asterisks peoples are some names or codes the Indigenous body is subjected to using settler colonialist language. These settler names the Indigenous person continues to codifies and marginalizes. Not only does artificial intelligence learn from these colonial pre-existing biases, it also re-inscribes the notion that Indigenous peoples no longer are but were.
The data visualization was built and designed by <A.L.A.Lab/>
Audio composition and production by Abigail Toll (aka Ionian Death Robes)
Tiara Roxanne (PhD) is an Indigenous cyberfeminist, scholar and artist based in Berlin. Her research and artistic practice investigates the encounter between the Indigenous Body and AI. More particularly, she explores the colonial structure embedded within artificial intelligence learning systems in her writing and her performance art through textile. Currently her work is mediated through the color red. She received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University in 2013 where she graduated from with her MFA. Under the supervision of Catherine Malabou, Tiara completed her dissertation, “Recovering Indigeneity: Territorial Dehiscence and Digital Immanence” in June 2019. Tiara has presented her work at SOAS (London), SLU (Madrid), Transmediale (Berlin), Duke University (NC), re:publica (Berlin), Tech Open Air (Berlin), AMOQA (Athens), among others. She is currently a Researcher at DeZIM-Institut in Berlin, Germany.