Caroline Sinders: Building a Feminist Data Set

Caroline Sinders

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© Caroline Sinders

Online Workshop

3.12.2020 // 18:00-21:00 (in English)

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[Digital] Present Feminist Futures

Building a Feminist Data Set
Online Workshop by Caroline Sinders

How can data collection be used as an artistic practice and a collaborative, community practice? What does ethical and communal technology creation and consumption look like? Can data collection itself function as an artwork? Can it act as a form of protest?

This workshop focuses on collecting feminist data beginning with an introduction to machine learning, data, and design thinking, and leading into a collaborative and facilitated process with the objective of building a feminist data set from the ground up.

Through the workshop we will explore the potential of data to disrupt larger systems by generating new forms of agency.

The creation of this feminist data set will act as a means to combat bias and introduce the possibility of data collection as a feminist practice, aiming to produce a slice of data to intervene in larger civic and private networks.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in exploring the project but please note that the Feminist Data Set is intersectional and trans* and non-gender binary inclusive

*the workshop will be held in English
*no previous knowledge required
*join with your computer or mobile device
*in order to receive the password for the zoom meeting please send an email to

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The Feminist Data Set
project will result in a large scale data set, a re-imagining of a mechanical turk system to create a feminist mechanical turk, then creating an algorithm. All of this will then be a part of the Feminist AI system. But to get there, you need data. The majority of AI and chatbot projects think of the AI component and the algorithms used as the entire project, but Feminist Data Set focuses equally on creating a data set that’s never existed before, and then using that data set to create Feminist AI.

Caroline Sinders is a machine learning design researcher and artist. She is the founder of Convocation Design + Research, a design and research agency focusing on the intersections of machine learning, user research, designing for public good, and solving communication difficult problems. As a designer and researcher, she’s worked with groups like Amnesty International, Intel, IBM Watson, the Wikimedia Foundation as well as others. She is also a research fellow with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Policy. Caroline has held fellowships with BuzzFeed, Eyebeam, SOHO20 Gallery, the Yerba Buena Centers of the Arts, the Studio for Creative Inquiry, the International Center of Photography as well as others. Her work has been featured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Biennale, as well as others. Caroline holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Workshops have been held previously at Resonate Festival in Serbia, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Soho20 gallery, and Glitch Conference as well as others.

This event is part of our ongoing series [Digital] Feminist Present Futures.


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