Spectacular Grammar
Infrastructure as a Universal Language

April 4 - 20, 2019
Room Gallery, University of California - Irvine
Art Culture and Technology, Bldg 727
712 Arts Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

April 17, 2019: Lecture, N. Kathering Hayles, James B. Duke Professor of Literature at Duke University
April 6, 2019: Symposium, workshops by Mindy Seu, paige watkins, Color Coded, Feminist.AI, Renée Reizman
Curated by Renée Reizman

Spectacular Grammar: Infrastructure as a Universal Language is an exhibition and series of workshops which proposes that information technology infrastructure is more than just a tool for communication; it’s becoming foundational and inextricable from the structure of language.


Renée Reizman: Introduction
Erin Gordon on Mindy Seu
Angella d'Avignon on paige watkins
Emily Saltz on Feminist.AI
Amrita Mazumdar on Color Coded
Syd Lowe on Universal Language


Mindy Seu (she/her) is a designer and educator who is currently a student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society.

paige watkins (they/them) is a Black, genderqueer community organizer, archivist, educator and facilitator from Detroit. They just completed their Master of Community Development degree, sit on the board of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, are a member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), and co-founded Black Bottom Archives.

Color Coded is POC-only transformative space that centers historically-excluded people in the co-teaching, co-creation, and co-ownership of new technologies. Our work supports and amplifies groups and individuals who are uplifting and sustaining communities of color—in Los Angeles and beyond. Together, we advance sustainable, community-centric projects to stay life long learners, protect our families, defend our hoods, decolonize and indigenize, liberate ourselves, grow collective wealth, and thrive!

Feminist.AI is a community AI research and design group focused on critical making as a response to hegemonic AI. Rather than simply criticize the lack of diversity in AI design and development, we propose an alternative by co-designing intelligent products, experiences and futures from a feminist posthumanist approach.

Renée Reizman (she/her) is an interdisciplinary curator, artist and writer at the crossroads of curation, social practice and critical spatial practice. She conducts long term research to examine cultural aesthetics and their relationship between urbanization, law, and technology. Renée embeds herself in communities to identify object-oriented networks that shape culture and society.

April 6 Program Schedule

09:00 AM - Breakfast / Check-In
09:30 AM - Introduction
09:45 AM - Renée Reizman: Individual Standards - part 1
11:00 AM - Color Coded: Tech is Not Neutral
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch Break
01:30 PM - Renée Reizman: Individual Standards, part 2
02:00 PM - Feminist.AI: Voice Design Privilege
03:30 PM - Building Power to Build Infrastructure: paige watkins
05:00 PM - P2P (page-to-page): Mindy Seu
06:30 PM - Wrap up!

April 17 Lecture: N. Katherine Hayles

5pm, Collqouium Room, Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 3201

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Spectacular Grammar is brought to you by the University Art Galleries at the University of California, Irvine; The Claire Trevor School of Arts, Department of Art; The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Department of Informatics; Illuminations.

Special thanks to my thesis committee:

Antoinette LaFarge (chair)
Daniel Joseph Martinez
Litia Perta
Juli Carson
Geof Bowker