Women in Tech [not a workshop only for women]

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    This is not a workshop only for women

    However this almost exclusively focus on women in privileged positions within the tech industry from managers to programmers, overlooking the majority of women within the tech industry which in some part makes up the majority of workers in actual "tech": a massive force of women working in manufacturing and e-waste to make the devices that so called "women in tech" use. The GIFs will be hosted in womenintech.nu. This workshop aims to bring attention to the other women in tech, using .GIFs and DIY barber polls as distribution mechanism.

    Workshop Format
    The first part of the workshop will be about making gifs. Digging archive.org and Youtube to find footage of women in tech working in electronics factories and produce GIFs of the repetitive tasks they perform to create the tech that "women in tech" use. We will publish this on the web. The second part is to create a DIY Barber Poll. Barber Polls were used to designate male spaces, including barber shops and quietly were appropriated by hair salons, adding female imagery to them to attract clients. A classic case of identity politics. In contrast, Women in Tech polls aim to focus on labour and class politics instead. The images turning inside the light polls will be frames from the Women in Tech GIFs. Done in the right way we will be able to see a type of analog animated GIF going on.

    About Free Art & Technology Lab
    Celebrating more than five years of thug life, pop culture, and R&D, the renegade art organization known as the Free Art & Technology Lab, or F.A.T. Lab, is going GOLD. F.A.T. GOLD, that is. In spring they celebrated their first five year anniversary at Eyebeam in New York, curated by Lindsay Howard, this fall they land in Europe at MU and Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven. F.A.T. Lab members will also be working on site before the opening, hacking on new cutting-edge projects. They will also be participating in panels, workshops and hackathons discussing creative hacking F.A.T. style and supporting open values in the public domain.

    Participants who want to join the workshop need to bring their own laptop. To subscribe for the workshop, please send an email before 13 November via info@baltanlaboratories.org. Lunch, coffee & tea will be provided. The costs to attend the workshop is 5,- Euros and needs to be paid in cash upon arrival.

    Visit http://www.mu.nl for more workshops and other F.A.T Lab events.

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