Doing this work has been a lifeline during these past 2+ years of extreme isolation. Infinite gratitude for everyone who has shown interest and kindess, it means everything. 💞
None of this would exist without amazing people helping and encouraging me. So, thank you Ben Lerchin for starting Queer AI with me! Thank you Processing Community and Dan Shiffman for believing in me and teaching me so much about coding, bots and making machine learning accessible to people like me, who are not software engineers! Thank you School of Machines and Make Believe (Fabiola Larios y Moisés Sanabria) for teaching me how to work with StyleGAN2 and opening the 🕳 to multimodal AI with VQGan+Clip. Thank you Color Coded for modeling and experimenting ways of being in collective over the years. Thank you xiaowei wang for facilitating the panel that would plant the seeds for new friendships and collaborations. Thank you Morehshin Allahyari for always trusting in and experimenting with me, and then doing your thing beyond next level. Thank you Frictionless.fail (DB Amorin, Tabitha Nikolai, and Ralph Pugay) and House of Monstress Intelligenzia (allapopp & Janne Kummer aka.alaska) for inviting me to share space and visions for working with glitch, error, and queer methodologies in machine learning, so deeply validating. Thank you AIxDesign, Computational Mama, and Mashinka Hakopian for inviting me to read strange stories and share work with you all. Thank you Sarah Ciston for exploring the inner guts of LLMs with me and dreaming up new possibilities for respectful, consentual AI. Thank you Katy Ilonka Gero for creating the LLM tool of my dreams and inviting me to test! Thank you to every AI researcher, artist, and person who has reached out to share work, I'm so happy you all are out there doing amazing things!
I am always learning and inspired by the work of Dreaming Beyond AI, Indigenous AI, Queer.Archive.Work, Archivo CubaneCuir, GenderFail, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Stephanie Dinkins, Mimi Onuoha, Zack Blas, to name a few.
Thank you friends, family, and ancestors for being there. Always. 🐚💫