HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, thewayblackmachine, 2014–ongoing. Thirty-monitor video installation, Approximately 80 x 30 x 10 inches (203.2 x 76.2 x 25.4 cm). Courtesy the artists
The collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? includes activists, writers, historians and artists across disciplines who created an archive of black engagement in social media composed of algorithmically-generated, electronically processed images and materials, combining hashtag trends (such as #BlackLivesMatter and #Ferguson), press and amateur footage, and statistical data on police brutality as white supremacist violence against African Americans. The result is a video installation titled thewayblackmachine. Leading a conversation on the work, Sarah J. Jackson, assistant professor at Northeastern, will share research for her forthcoming book on hashtag activism, examining the role of Twitter in racial justice and gender justice movements.