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WASH DAY is an exploration of language around Wash Day rituals for Black Women. The book leverages a dataset of transcripts from YouTube videos of Black hair vloggers sharing their Wash Day rituals, along with stories of their lives as told through hair. This work uses language as data, by transforming and training algorithms to produce new inter-woven texts that shed light on the intimacy and sensual nature of Wash Day, and what Black Hair means to Black Women.
Poetry. Hybrid. African & African American Studies.
Arwa Michelle Mboya is an experience designer from Nairobi, Kenya. She is the founder of the Black Hair Lab, which works at the intersection of design and technology for Black Hair. She has a Bachelor's degree from Yale University and a Master's Degree from the MIT Media Lab. She currently lives in Los Angeles.