Hacking/Hustling & Veil Machine

April 15, 2022 12:00 PM–1:15 PM

Lena Chen & Bonnie Fan

Join us on Zoom April 15, 2022 from 12:00-1:15 PM (EST) for a critical discussion with Hacking/Hustling and Veil Machine on deplatforming and surveillance, as well as practical knowledge sharing on cybersecurity and online marketing for sex workers.

This event is moderated by CMU School of Art MFA Candidate, Lena Chen, and co-hosted by the Miller ICA, Tech4Society, SWOP Pittsburgh. This event is made possible by the 2021-2022 Sylvia & David Steiner Lecture Series and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

More about Hacking/Hustling:

Hacking//Hustling works to abolish carceral technologies and build the capacity of sex workers and survivors to create new technologies that increase safety. Our work explodes the definition of technology to include harm reduction models: community-based research, mutual aid, organizing, art, and any/all tools sex workers and survivors develop to mitigate state, workplace, and interpersonal violence and thrive.

More about Veil Machine:

At its core, sex work, like artwork, is about the interplay between fantasy and reality, intimacy and lies. The Veil Machine, like the sex worker and artist, manipulates through masks. Our group uses a relational and intimate practice to explore these dynamics through art actions.

Our central question is: when we pose sex work as a radical art practice, what new worlds are possible?

Links Shared During “Hacking/Hustling & Veil Machine”

SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project) Pittsburgh Chapter

Support Ho(s)e: Building radical community for sex workers in Chicago and NYC

S.3165 SAFE SEX Workers Act (116th Congress, 2019-2020)

5 Calls – Easiest and most effective way for US constituents to make a political impact

Survivors Against SESTA

Fight for the Future – April 11th Anniversary of SESTA/FOSTSA – Call to Tell Congress to Investigate Its Harms

“WTF is EARN IT” (2022 Edition) by Hacking/Hustling

FOSTA, Section 230, and Digital Gentrification (Part 4/4 Trains, Texts, and Tits) – Hacking/Hustling with Gabriella Garcia and Lorelei Lee

Online Worker Safety Hazards and Cautions: A Practical Harm Reduction Guide on Why and How Sex Workers Can Protect Ourselves at Work – By Hacking/Hustling

Harm Reduction: Doxxing Prevention by Hacking/Hustling

“Enough About FOSTA’s ‘Unintended Consequences'” by Kendra Albert, July 28, 2021.

Reading Recommendations available through Bluestockings Cooperative

*Reading Recommendation* Insurgent Aesthetics by Ronak K. Kapadia (Duke University Press)

*Reading Recommendation* Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Worker’s Rights (Verso Books)f

Event Recommendation

“Sex Workers Built the Internet” April 20th, Online, Hosted by the New School