Stamps Gallery is proud to present the first survey of renowned transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins, who creates platforms for dialogue about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories.
Through her work, Dinkins has become a central figure nationally and internationally recognized for exposing bias and inequity within artificial intelligence systems. Weaving together art production and exhibition, community-based workshops and public speaking all with the intention of encouraging action towards making artificial intelligence systems more inclusive, accessible and transparent.
In this exhibition, Dinkins will debut new and interactive installations and workshops that build on her concept of Afro-now-ism. In this poetic manifesto-like text, Dinkins asks her audience, particularly from communities of color, to not only confront the litany of violences that humans have wielded upon one another based on the institutional and social constructions of race, caste, class, and gender to maintain status quo and the current systems of power — but rise above it by taking action to start building the world that they desire.
She writes: “Instead of waiting to reach the proverbial promised land, also known as a time in the future that may or may not manifest in your lifetime, Afro-now-ism is taking the leap and the risks to imagine and define oneself beyond systemic oppression… For black people in particular, it means conceiving yourself in the space of free and expansive thought and acting from a critically integrated space, allowing for more community-sustaining work.”
Through her installations and workshops Stephanie Dinkins: On Love & Data develops a dialogue with the audience on the hierarchies embedded within machine learning and AI architecture and one’s individual agency in transforming the algorithms within it. The audience will explore and participate in creating a more inclusive data-based narrative of what governance of the people, by the people and for the people can look like in an AI mediated world where care is encoded within our digital civic system.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Stephanie Dinkins: On Love & Date is a part of a2Tech360, celebrating Ann Arbor’s spirit of innovation through experiences, conversations, and connections that strengthen and expand the region’s vibrant ecosystem, October 1 – 8, 2021.