Reading the Digital Body with Gibney's Digital Media Initiative
Week of May 23, 2019
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Reading the Digital Body with Inclusiveness with Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang

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DMI Professional Workshop

The person who builds a thing or tells a story makes a huge impact on what that thing or story will be. It’s also no secret that the majority of programmers and technology engineers are able-bodied, cis, white men. It should be no surprise, then, that so much of technology intended for the general public is designed and programmed with a blindness to the actual use of a diverse public. When iPhone facial recognition was first launched, it couldn’t differentiate between different Asian faces and had trouble recognizing dark-skinned black faces at all. Most software designed for movement capture can only “see” you if you are a standing person with the limbs and proportions designated as normal by its developers. In this workshop we’ll discuss how utilizing these technologies in performance-making can both illuminates these failures, and work to improve them by bringing diverse voices into their future evolution.

Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang was a triple-major in Ballet, Astrophysics, and Philosophy at the University of Utah before pursuing Cultural and Arts Management at American University. Chang worked at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and New York City Center Theater. She spent two years with a small venture capital firm gaining fluency in financial and business planning, investment, and securities regulation. She currently serves as Executive Director of the stellar Kate Weare Company. Chang continues to pursue projects at the intersection of technology and the arts as a freelance photographer, graphic designer, web developer, electronics fabricator and interactive installation designer. Her newest venture, DADA – The Dance Arts Data App, is a web based application designed to be a free tool and a knowledge base of fundraising, marketing and administrative information for dance organizations.

Gibney’s Digital Media Initiative seeks to empower artists to create high quality digital content and integrate technology into their practice. The DMI supports artists by providing trainings, consultations, access to hardware and software, and subsidized filming and editing services. Learn more.


The accessible entrance for this location is located at 280 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings. To access the elevator, attendees may be asked to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 280 Broadway entrance after 5:00 pm or on the weekend should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing

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