Professor A.M. Darke (CRES/PPD) was featured as a speaker at the EYEO Festival in Minneapolis, MN.
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I've been thinking about this thing I'm calling 'Black Virtuality' for the last few years. Loosely defined, it's the construction and consumption of Black bodies, Black cultures, and Black identities in virtual space. In games, film, and social media, Blackness is often extracted from Black people and fragmented into bite-sized, easily appropriated pieces. Through my work on the Open Source Afro Hair Library and other interventions, I seek to preserve a Black whole, distribute a Black intact, and grow the fluid virtual-corporeal community that I've always longed for.