Events \\ Special Event

Game Changers: Women Activists in Digital Space

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm

Join this influential panel of artists, authors and game developers, all contributors to PEM’s PlayTime exhibition, as they examine representations of women in digital spaces; and discuss the ways each of them work to transform online spaces into welcoming and inclusive experiences for all players.

Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in spaces frequently hostile toward it. Since 2012, Washko has operated The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, an ongoing intervention inside the most popular online role-playing game of all time. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and her projects have been presented nationally and internationally.

Susana Morris, activist and associate professor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Institute of Technology, focuses on black feminism as it relates to digital spaces and Afrofuturism. As a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, Morris is committed to illuminating women’s stories and experiences.

Jane Friedhoff is a game developer and creative technologist. She created the game Lost Wage Rampage, a cheeky yet prudent take on the gender pay gap and co-founded the Code Liberation Foundation, which provides free, trans-inclusive, women-only game design and programming classes.

Lydia Gordon is an Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at PEM and a member of the PlayTime project team. Gordon hosts today’s conversation.

PlayTime is open 5:30-6:30 pm for program attendees.

Offered in conjunction with the Present Tense Initiative.

Location: Morse Auditorium
FREE | Reservations Recommended
Made possible by the George Swinnerton Parker Memorial Lecture Fund