Hyphen-Labs uses virtual reality, art, sociopolitics, and science to build futuristic landscapes and products that utilize technology for the benefit of marginalized communities. Their mission, grounded in intersectional representation, is actualized with projects that fuse public technology, creativity, and social need. Their intention is centering humans, specifically women of color, in technological advancements.
Their 2017 project NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (NSAF), is an engaged means of reigning Black women into the rapidly growing field of virtual reality (VR). Born in the wake of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two Black men gunned down in the summer of 2016 by police officers, NSAF was cultivated out of a pressing need by its collaborators to interrogate social stratospheres and experiences within the technological universe.
NSAF comes in four parts: VR, physical installation, cognitive-impact research, and speculative products (present in the VR itself and actualized in the physical realm). Each of NSAF’s facets is rooted in solving real-world issues faced by women of color through artistic, scientific, and analytical advancements.
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