Stephanie Dinkins (b.1964) is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialogue about race, gender, aging and our future histories. Dinkins’ art practice employs emerging technologies, documentary practices and social collaboration toward equity and community sovereignty. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more equitable, values grounded in social and technological ecosystems.
This exhibition debuts three new works that build on her manifesto Afro-now-ism published in June 2020. They are: Binary Calculations Are Inadequate to Assess Us (2021), an interactive installation, workshop and app that asks how can make the technological systems that control our relationships, governments, and institutions more caring; a neon sculpture that spells out the word “Afro-now-ism” in a font that references sci-fi narrative aesthetics, and techno beats; and #Say It Aloud (2021) an interactive webXR experience where the central character – Afro-now-ist Professor Commander Justice advocates all people, particularly from communities of color, to confront and rise above institutional and social constructions of race, caste, and class, and the litany of violence that humans have wielded upon one another.
Image: Installation view, Stephanie Dinkins, Secret Garden (2021), three-channel interactive video projection with six-channel audio, depth cameras, computers. Courtesy of Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan.