Discussion Panel/Workshop with Artists/Techies on Dealing with Trolls Online

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Join the Women's Center for Creative Work for a panel discussion and workshop: "How to Deal with Trolls and Online Hate for Feminist, Queer, and POC Activists, Artists, and Techies".

Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/813168518809055/

A panel discussion followed by a technical workshop for feminist, queer, and POC who, every day, online and in social media, have to deal with trolls, hate, microaggressions, and various kinds of anti-sjw shit sandwiches. Moderated by Cole M James, the panel discussion will feature LA-based artists and activists Aliah Magdalena Dark, Patricia Realini, Ann Hirsch, April Bey, and a special-guest skype-in from Seren Sensei. A technical workshop with Emma Cunningham will follow and cover the basics of how to block, how to engage (if you choose to), and other self-care tech tips.

This is the first event of a once-a-month Open Tech Lab series, co-organized with The Processing Foundation, to bring issues of technology, the internet, and coding into feminist and anti-racist practice.

$5-$10 suggested donation

Speaker Bios:

April Bey began her work as an artist living and growing up in the Caribbean (Nassau, Bahamas). Her work is interdisciplinary and varies based on its content. Her work is an introspective and social critique of American and Bahamian popular culture, immigration, contemporary pop culture feminism and race. Racial ambiguity, ghetto culture, self-identity issues and non-traditional racism are also themes seen in her work. Bey is a published author on issues associated with the underrepresentation of black women in the feminist movement and social media communication. She received her BFA in drawing in 2009 from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana studying closely with award winning professor and artist John Gee. She received her MFA in painting in 2014 at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles mentored by award winning and accomplished painter and professor Samantha Fields.

Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who examines the influence of technology on popular culture and gender. Her immersive research has included becoming a YouTube camwhore with over two million video views and an appearance as a contestant on Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair on Vh1. She was awarded a Rhizome commission for her two-person play Playground which debuted at the New Museum and was premiered by South London Gallery at Goldsmiths College. Hirsch has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Recent solo shows include MIT List Visual Arts Center, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, and the New Museum’s online project space First Look. You can learn more about her work by visiting TheRealAnnHirsch.com. (http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FTheRealAnnHirsch.com%2F&h=1AQGBSGbM&enc=AZPlkzKcGOzq-mMCOH5L4U-0ioRaCaWQQf9dBfCqSLZvBsQ_FjnNMq9foUEvg86segk&s=1)

Cole M James is a combined media artist working in painting and digital media. James is a human rights activist and youth advocate who has worked with several organizations including but not limited to artworx LA (formerly The HeArt Project), Amnesty International and the Community Action Coalition of the Inland Empire. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles California.

Patricia Realini is a software engineer, an artist and a woman in Los Angeles, CA. Currently she works at Laurel + Wolf, an interior design startup, and is an active member of the programming community. In 2015 she was invited to attend the JQuery Developer Summit where she contributed to npm and worked with newcomers to open source. She regularly volunteers as a mentor at local meetups and has led workshops on Git & GitHub.

Seren Sensei is a social justice vlogger on YouTube that discusses race, current events, and pop culture. She currently has a book available in paperback, kindle, and digital download.