Day of Dialogue XVI: NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism: Digital Design and Narratives of Color

NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (NSAF) is an award-winning, three-part digital narrative that sits at the  intersection of product design, virtual reality (VR), and neuroscience. Inspired by the lack of multidimensional representations of black women in technology, NSAF products range from sunblock for traveling through the multiverse to earrings embedded with cameras that offer protection and visibility. The VR experience is set in a neurocosmetology lab where black women are pioneering techniques of brain optimization and cognitive enhancement. Scientific research explores the neurological and physiological impact of showing images of empowered black women as well as content made for and by women of color.

The speaker Ashley Baccus, is Co-Founder of Hyphen-Labs, an "international team of women of color working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future." Hyphen-Labs undertakes projects that utilize modern media such as VR, wearable technology, and innovative design to foreground issues in the public sphere related to the lack of spaces for women of color in technology, embodying the experience of marginalization, as well as futuristic projects based on contemporary oppressive state or patriarchal apparatus. 
This presentation is made possible by a Hofstra Cultural Center grant.
Moderator: Aashish Kumar, Associate Professor, Radio/TV/Film
Presenter: Ashley Baccus, Creative Director, Hyphen-Labs

VR is the immersive platform that transports viewers into a neurocosmetology lab, a reimagined black hair salon, placing the viewer into a black woman’s body and providing a glimpse into a speculative future of black women pioneering brain research and neuromodulation through the culturally specific ritual of haircare.

Day of Dialogue is a day of workshops, panels, screenings and performances devoted to deliberation and reflection on some of the major issues that face our community, our nation, and the world. This all-day annual event presented by Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement serves as an important forum for community engagement and participation. Students, faculty and community members are welcome. 

Schedule of Panels, Workshops and Presentations

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 12:50-2:15 p.m.

Location: Multipurpose Room/Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018



Multipurpose Rooms East and West, Student Center
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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