Blackwood Gallery


The Blackwood Gallery is pleased to present two upcoming virtual workshops, part of our conference Running with Concepts: The Mediatic Edition. ASL will be provided.

January 23, 2021, 11am – 1:30pm
“Feminist Data Set” with Caroline Sinders

In this workshop we explore the processes involved in developing a feminist Mechanical Turk system, focussing on interrogating the human labor that really powers AI systems. People do all sorts of tasks in AI systems: Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing marketplace has real people do many, many small tasks over many hours to train AI models. AI is made by people—by human hands—and those humans are often underpaid. Thus, we wonder, can we make a feminist system of this? How could we? And what could it look like?

In a conversation with Digital Research Ethics scholars T.L. Cowan and Jasmine Rault following the workshop, Sinders and participants discuss feminist approaches to data ethics and building equitable systems.

Feminist Data Set workshops are open to anyone interested in exploring the project. It is intersectional and trans- and gender non-binary inclusive.

January 24, 2021, 11am – 1:30pm
“Reading Open Data: Data Visualization, Citizen Science, and Collective Action” with Ellen Graham and John Kim

Drawing on their experience with do-it-yourself data collection and analysis, Ellen Graham and John Kim lead participants in a workshop on visualizing data. Participants will use published environmental data to build a collaborative map greenhouse gas emissions in Mississauga. In step with Kim’s analyses of the politics and ethics of data visualization, this workshop will query: what can data visualization make apparent? What can it draw into collective attention and action? What dimensions of activism can citizen sensing and data visualization open up?

This workshop will be held using R Statistical Software and Rstudio software, both free and open source programs. Participants will be asked to install several software packages in advance. This workshop is suitable for beginner-level programmers, and no past programming experience is necessary.

Please register for both workshops using Eventbrite, and email us at if you have other access needs.

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