Lam Thuy Vo via BuzzFeed

Lam Thuy Vo via BuzzFeed

Fashion as Armor - Wearable Tools for Resistance Workshop with Jamica El

Sunday August 6th, 12 - 2pm

FREE // Registration Required - RSVP on Eventbrite

In this workshop, Jamica will lead participants in constructing a hat with an embedded camera for storytelling in resistance spaces such as protests, civil standoffs and encounters with authority. We will explore best practices for use, design intelligence and recording ethics. We also will discuss techniques of activating other materials to create your own storytelling wearables.

No prior knowledge is necessary, only a willingness to learn, play, make and collaborate. All are welcome and encouraged to join. Projects created during the workshop will be used as recording equipment loaned to various communities and newsroom for use in news gathering and to encourage citizen journalism in communities.

Jamica El is a co-organizer of Fashion as Armor and is a DJ and technologist. Currently she is at the BuzzFeed Open Lab, prototyping wearable surveillance gear by embedding cameras into clothing and accessories for news gathering.


Anti-Street Harassment Design Workshop with Mirabelle Jones

Fall 2017, Dates TBA

This anti-street harassment design workshop investigates a number of questions related to how street harassment and gender violence impact the body, our behaviors, and our mental health as well as how innovative wearable technology might provide awareness about the pervasive effects of rape culture or even provide solutions to feeling safer in precarious situations. How do our bodies adjust or adapt to environments where street harassment and gender violence are accepted and normalized in society? What are the pervasive effects of street harassment and gender violence on the body and how can we monitor these effects to better understand them using existing commercially available wearable technology? How do we process these experiences to maintain our psychophysiological health and wellbeing? In consideration of biomimicry and how other animals react to threatening stimuli, what might we imagine defense systems to look like and how could this influence innovative fashions which protect the wearer or express our emotions? 

Topics covered:
- Combating street harassment through wearables / fashion and biofeedback
- Effects of street harassment on the body and how we might measure these using existing commercially available wearables or building our own
- Biomimicry of animal behavior including: armor, weaponry, noise, playing dead, invisibility / camouflage, becoming unappealing as “prey” due to “gross” stuff, appearing larger or smaller
- Proxemics and public vs. private space
- Narratives of street harassment: ethos vs. logos, new techniques in gathering data, building awareness, and pushing back against rape culture in our communities

Artist Bio: Mirabelle Jones is a multimedia performance artist, writer, advocate, and visual artist from Oakland, CA whose works combine digital and analog processes with a focus on generating dialogues about safety, the body in public / private space, gender violence, and narratives of social justice. For three years she served as the Community Arts Director of Hollaback! Los Angeles: an international organization combatting street harassment as well as a CA-certified sexual assault and domestic violence crisis counselor for East Los Angeles Women’s Center. She is the founder and Chief Executive Artist at Art Against Assault: a grassroots arts organization which seeks to create public dialogue about sexual assault and domestic violence through survivor-directed creative projects. Portfolio: // Organization:


Emergent Media Lab

The Emergent Media Lab (EML) is a series of ongoing new media art events and exhibitions to serve as a platform for community for critical dialogue, and the showcasing of contemporary new media art in the Bay Area and beyond. EML is dedicated to diversity, research, and radical experimentation of form and content in technology and the arts. We give a priority to showcasing local emerging to established artists who identify as women, LGBTQI2-S, POC, and from other backgrounds that are underrepresented in Media Arts and Technology. The works shown include physical installations, video and screen-based work, performances, experimental artist talks, and more.

EML was founded by Tiare RibeauxMorehshin Allahyari, and Andrew Blanton in 2015. The founders invite one or multiple artists for exhibition focusing on a critical dialogue or thematic content between multiple works. The EML founders also invite guest curators to select the exhibiting artist(s) shown.