Be the first to like this
The mobile phone is the defining characteristic of millions of female migrant workers in China today. While in nearby Japan women have taken to cell phones in droves and use them to craft a new genre of fiction, in China phones have not yet become a tool of creative practice for women. This paper will discuss the vernacular and domestic technologies for an underserved demographic within the creative industries, and explore the challenges inherent in writing a story and designing an interactive app—called Wandering Meimei / Meimei Liu Lang Ji—for marginalized female factory workers.
Carolyn Guertin was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Award from the CSDH in 2013. She’s Senior Researcher in York University’s Augmented Reality Lab and faculty at Transart Institute in Berlin. Her book, Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art, was published in 2012 by Continuum.