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Elena Lee Gold (designer)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)
Jamie Lauren Keiles (thesis advisor)


May 3 2020


Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:11 PM "Queering Our Interfaces", is a project that examines the inherent hetero/gendernormative foundation that our computers, and more specifically, our interfaces are built on. The design choices we implement digitally are entangled with our cultural and economic value system. In America, this means that design is informed by the capitalist values we abide by. Gender and heteronormativity also work to achieve that, normalizing a specific lifestyle that encourages and necessitates enduring labor to support a traditional nuclear family. "Queering Our Interfaces" examines how our digital interfaces mediate our human/computer relationship and draw on gender and heteronormativity to inform this dynamic. This work argues that the interfaces that permeate every facet of our digital life actively reject and erase those that live lives outside of this normative framework. Just as queerness or queer theory might illuminate queerness in a very binaried and heteronormative world, my hope is that applying this same framework to the digital spaces that are similaly binaried can help to release us from the grip of these rigid digital structures.

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