Anti-Racist Mathematics & Other Stories (2017 - Ongoing)

Lectures, Video Series, Sculptures, Learning Tools

Anti-Racist Mathematics & Other Stories is a presentation of tales from the history of mathematics, global power and communication technologies. From the notion of a ‘science of revolt’ declared by Brad Werner and contextualized by Donna Haraway, the history of the algorithm from al-Khwārizmī, Karl Marx’s mathematical manuscripts, to IBM’s present-day algorithm that is cited to distinguish refugees from terrorists, these stories speculate on the make-up of technical languages and what they could become.

Pure Difference (2017)
HD Video, 22 min, English
An imperialistic history of numbers with a combination of the bright voice of a tech presentation, a physics lesson out of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, and the aesthetics of evading copyright violations on YouTube. Its hypothesis: a Western understanding of numbers functions serves to reinforce the dominance of capitalistic ideology.

10 - 3 = 13 (2018)
4K Video, 13 min, English
Set between a children’s play town that playfully delivers sincere propositions for a collective logic of political imagination. Drawing from anti-bias curricula alongside radical positions on colonial and historical debts, the second episode in the series offers a lesson on the ‘misinvention’ of negative numbers. Each are distinct in their playful didacticism and elements of the unreliable narrator, oscillating between satirical dramatizations and sincere propositions for a world wherein the equation 10 - 3 = 13 expresses an ideology of sharing, collectivity, and mutuality.

Secessio (2018)
4K Video, 18 min, English
An adaptation of an ancient story of a mass general strike, told via a present-day crowd-modelling and crowd-control software. While showing the "artificial-stupidity" of technologies used for the training of enforcement officers and security design, it presents an anachronistic world where numbers do not hold.

Text for Before and After the Sixth Radar Conference, by Stacey Ho