NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism


NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (NSAF) is an award winning three-part digital narrative that sits at the intersection of product design, virtual reality, and neuroscience. Inspired by the lack of multidimensional representations of black women in technology, the NSAF products range from sunblock for traveling through the multiverse to earrings embedded with cameras that offer protection and visibility. The VR experience is set in a Neurocosmetology lab where black women are pioneering techniques of brain optimization, cognitive enhancement, and exploring the neurological and physiological effects of content made for and by women of color.

PRESS

The Huffington PostAfrofuturist Artists Craft A Virtual World For Women Of Color
The New YorkerReality Bites: Learning the Future of V.R. at Sundance
TechCrunchSundance merges VR with real life through props, AR, and vibrating suits
WiredLive from the Sundance Film Festival VR Program
IndieWireAfrofuturist Virtual Reality Installation Reimagines the Future for Women Of Color
The VergeBuilding the afro-feminist future at Sundance, one cyberpunk beauty salon at a time
All Things ConsideredCovert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software
i-DThe female inventors exploring brain stimulation through braiding


Ash Baccus-Clark is a Berlin-based Molecular & Cellular Biologist and multidisciplinary artist who uses new media and storytelling to explore themes of deep learning, cognition, memory, race, trauma, and systems of belief.

She currently consults in virtual reality production and is working on her first feature. Ash is currently an Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, an RLabs XR Beta Resident, and a 2019 United States Artist fellow in Media.

In her work with Hyphen-Labs, Ash served as the Director of Brand Marketing & Research, writing and producing an award-winning immersive installation project, NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (NSAF), a three-part digital narrative that sits at the intersection of product design, virtual reality, and neuroscience that was originally inspired by the lack of multidimensional representations of Black women in technology. NSAF incorporates object-based design, virtual reality, and cognitive impact research that reimagines the future of Black women in STEM fields.

NSAF first premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and has been shown at Sundance Film Fest, SXSW, Tribeca Film Fest (Jury Honorable Mention), Gray Area Art & Technology Festival, Primer Speculative Futures Conference, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stony Island Arts Bank & Rebuild Foundation, New Inc: Versions Festival, Refinery 29’s 29 Rooms, and more.