SMS Resources for Sex Workers in New York City

Mobile Media Midterm Synopsis For the midterm project, Matt Swenson and Sarah Jenny created an SMS-based resource for those in the sex trade (including those who engage in sex work by choice or circumstance as well as those who are in the sex trade under coercive circumstances such as trafficking). Users the phrase “nyhelp” and their New York City zipcode to 41411 and receive the contact information for the closest social service provider. (Example: 41411 nyhelp 10003) The resource list was carefully crafted after consulting the PROS Network, a coalition... Read The Rest →

Midpoint Assignment

Midpoint assignment: Present your idea(s) for a final project in 5 minutes. You should have a draft problem statement, goal statement and should describe the type of project you want to pursue. As your problem statement should be a social or political problem, you will take this issue on as your case study for the rest of the semester, tracking developments, news and related projects. You will hereafter be required to update the class twice before the end of the semester on your issue and your project. Problem Statement Sex... Read The Rest →

Memorial for Catherine Lique

Memorial for Catherine Lique, 2009 12″ x 12″ x 2″ Plexiglass, LEDs, electronics, audio recording This interactive installation appears as a mirror to the viewer. When they step on the pressure sensor, a microcontroller triggers LED lights to backlight the lightbox, revealing the image of Catherine Lique, a sex worker who was killed in 2003. The accompanying audio piece, a first person narrative, tells the story of the life and death of Ms. Lique. The audio, also triggered by the sensor, is programmed to play through Processing. The narrative was... Read The Rest →

ICM and PComp Final Project in Progress

Memorial for Catherine This piece is in progress. It is an interactive installation which will also have an audio recording (narrative) triggered by the same sensor that triggers the lights. The first person narrative will reveal the life and death of Catherine, a sex worker murdered in 2003. This series will be an ongoing memorial for sex workers who have been victims of violence. The first draft will be completed on December 17th, 2009 to coincide with the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Share → Tweet

Sex Workers Rights are Human Rights!

Join us for a Speak-Out & Arts Evening! Celebrating International Human Rights Day December 10th Featuring: Performance Artist, Ignacio Rivera Performance Artist, Damien Luxe Guitarist, K. Stone Political Artwork by Empower Thailand Andrea Ritchie, M.C. for the night And more! Where: NYU, 19 University Place, in the Great Room What time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm What day: Thurs., Dec. 10th Sponsored by: Sex Workers Action Network (SWANK) Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-NYC) MADRE $pread Magazine Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP) Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) WITNESS Share → Tweet

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers 2009

December 17 th is Internation al Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Join us in honoring the lives of sex workers and celebrating our communities with a candlelit vigil. Come add your voice to the call to end violence against sex workers at our community speak-out. Speakers will include community organizers, peer educators, advocates, artists. . . and YOU? Where: Metropolitan Community Church 446 West 36th Street, Manhattan When: Thursday December 17th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm Metrocards available. Please wear red! For more information, please contact swank@riseup.net or 212.714.1184 x50 Sponsored by: Sex... Read The Rest →

Sex Work Legal Training

Free legal training for sex workers on September 24th. Sponsored by SWANK & SWOP-NYC, Sex Worker Project of the Urban Justice Center, and Anti-Violence Project. Share → Tweet