¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 2 This intervention explores how intersecting systems of oppression are encoded in software. We graffiti excerpts from widely used software onto the computer science and engineering buildings at UC Berkeley. We photograph the juxtaposition of digital and physical constructions to explore how software reproduces gendered, sexual, racial, national, and class hierarchies.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 3 In our studies, we were asked to see computer science as an objective discipline, programming as a technical task, and software as a neutral artifact. To wield this gaze, we had to discard our bodies and become mechanical eyes. From this position, we could see people only as disembodied users, objects, or nodes, insulated from gender, sexuality, race, nationality, or class. We wrote software into a vacuum.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 3 But we wanted to write software back into the world. We wanted to tear it from the vacuum and leave it vulnerable. We wanted to situate software inside the physical environment our bodies navigate everyday. This demanded a new way of seeing, one that embraced subjectivities and exposed our role as actors. We had to hack the mechanical eye, turning it to our world, to ourselves, to itself.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 2 Our photography does not capture objective reality. Our painting does not mimic or represent an exterior truth. Rather, we paint our subjectivities into the world and photograph our interiorities. We intrude to situate, to queer, to imagine.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Version of Record: Pine, Zachary Viet, Ochigame, Rodrigo Kazuo (2015). CultureNotFoundException. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.8. doi:10.7264/N3057D60
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