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NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (NSAF) Research

How can we create a space for women of colour in technologies like Virtual Reality?

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This talk will be an online only event, and it will take place through Microsoft Teams. Attendees will receive a link to join the session.

Can Immersive Virtual Experiences empower women of colour by exposing them to narratives created for and by them? What happens when research is taken outside of the laboratory and conducted in public spaces?

These are some questions Hope Idaewor and the Hyphen-Labs research division explored through the NSAF experience as they endeavoured to play a part in changing the way women of colour are depicted in storytelling, media, society, and the future.

Join Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, Ashley Baccus Clark, Hope Idaewor and Sylvia Theuri as they discuss women of colour, storytelling and the future.



Inspired by the translation of concepts to material expressions Carmen creates experiences to physicalize and visualize her experience through an aesthetic framework of science fiction, futurism, and surrealism. Drawing on her background in structural engineering and design she uses emerging technology to expand on the principles of humanl and planetary-centered design.

Carmen is a Co-founder of Hyphen-Labs, an international studio blending themes of speculative design, digitalism, the environment, science and social issues through the context of architecture, robotics, virtual reality, computation, and new media.



Ash Baccus-Clark is a Berlin-based Molecular & Cellular Biologist and multidisciplinary artist who uses new media and storytelling to explore themes of deep learning, cognition, memory, race, trauma, and systems of belief. She currently consults in virtual reality production and is working on her first feature. 

Ash is currently represented by Mssng Peces, is an Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, an RLabs XR Beta Resident, and a 2019 United States Artist fellow in Media.



Hope is a Nigerian American creative with a background in Engineering, Design, and Master of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from Georgia Institute of Technology. She informs the design of experiences through qualitative and ethnographic research and her work seeks to create space for marginalized people, culture, and stories. Hope is currently working as a Design Researcher at Microsoft and is also building a black design collective that seeks to reimagine dominant design practices.


Thirteen Ways of Looking is an exhibition curated by Dr Sylvia Theuri.

A New Art West Midlands and International Curators Forum Curatorial Residency in partnership with and hosted by Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, in association with Coventry Biennial.


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