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Writing 360 Workshops

Co-creating Future: Augmented Reality As Crystal Ball

laptop, dried flowers, snapchat logo, mouse, crystal ball doodle, doodle of palm reading, doodles of moon and stars

Saturday, Mar. 4
3-5 PM ET

virtual event; open to mentees, mentors, program alum, and woman-identifying, trans*, and gender-expansive members of the public.

Our reliance on various software applications to manage our everyday life is next level—from when we wake up to when we go to bed. Software even divines our future using patterns based on fixed algorithms, all the while lacking an understanding and consideration of any personal, complex, or challenging life situations. Divination is a vital cultural practice worldwide, providing communities with self-exploration, perspective, problem-solving, and healing. How can the art of divination, or fortune-telling, guide us to rethink software as a system of healing, and how can we use software to develop healing tools?

Inspired by the I Ching, an ancient text of Chinese wisdom and the world’s oldest oracle, artist and educator Zhenzhen Qi takes us through a variety of cultural divination practices to collectively design new or alternative patterns for fortune-telling. As a group, using the software development environment Lens Studio, we will code these patterns into a Snapchat AR filter to develop our own fortune-telling software experience. No prior software design or development experience is needed!

Meet the Teaching Artist

Zhenzhen Qi

Zhenzhen Qi

Zhenzhen Qi is an educator, researcher, and technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2014, she has taught courses on interactive media, web, and game development at Columbia University, CUNY, Cooper Union, etc. She is the recipient of the Creative Technology Fellowship and Macy Fellowship at Columbia University. She was a member of NEW INC, a culture and technology incubator at the New Museum, and a technology resident at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. She co-founded zzyw.org, an artist and research collective which produces software application, installation, and text as instruments to examine the cultural, political, and educational imprints of computation. Her computational art has been curated by leading art institutions around the world such as Rhizome of New Museum in New York, and Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China. She is a Fall 2022 resident of EYEBEAM in Brooklyn, New York. Zhenzhen is a candidate for Doctor of Education(EdD) at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently researching software simulation as a mode of collective re-making.

This event is open to:

all mentees, all mentors, program alum, woman-identifying and trans* and gender-expansive members of the public

March 4, 2023 3:00 pm 5:00 pm EST

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