Technology is often described as ”disruptive” while it serves to perpetuate existing power structures. It’s no accident that our technologies created to act as “caregivers” or “secretaries” have female voices. What does it mean to imagine an alternative, feminist voice interface? Exploring how design can be used as a tool to reshape the technology that surrounds our daily lives, this free workshop with the collective tendernet considers what voice technologies and software could look like if we designed them in line with the central commitments of feminism: participation, agency, embodiment, equity, empowerment, plurality, and justice.
Note: This is not a technical workshop, and no background knowledge is required. We invite anyone to participate.
Copresented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota.
tendernet (Zoe Bachman, Katrina Peterson, and Becca Ricks) is an artist/hacker collective exploring feminist design practices in AI/ML. Its members are artists, designers, educators, and programmers. The collective has led workshops and spoken at the Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design, hackerspaces, conferences, and other places. It has also tabled at numerous fairs and festivals, including the Tech Zine Fair, the Feminist Zine Fair, Press Play at Pioneer Works, and the Internet Yami-Ichi.