Scope Lab is a workshop series focused on exploring code as a creative medium with which to understand and represent diverse perspectives. These studies are framed by the questions: “Whose perspectives are represented?”, “Who has access to the tools to learn and express themselves?”, and “How do we design tools and projects that are more inclusive?”. Each workshop will consist of hands-on programming exercises, a lecture and discussion, and projects developed collaboratively. We will be using a software platform called p5.js, which is an open source JavaScript framework that makes creating visual media with code on the web accessible to artists, designers, educators, and beginners.


Scope lab workshops are free and open for all UCLA students. Workshops may be attended on a drop-in basis, but we do encourage students to come to the entire series. No prior coding knowledge is necessary, all levels of experience are welcomed and encouraged.

Scope Lab is led by Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor in the Design Media Arts Department and Miriam Posner, Director of the Digital Humanities Program, with Graduate Researchers Stalgia Grigg and Christina Yglesias. Collaborating groups and departments include UCLA Computer Science, VoidLab (a feminist student collective in the Design Media Arts Department), UCLA Arts Software Studio, and the NYU Ability Project.


The workshops will occur biweekly on Monday evenings, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Broad Art Center, room 3261A (New Mars).

April 10 | Uncertainty and Experimental Data Visualization
Miriam Posner (Digital Humanities) and Lauren McCarthy (Design Media Arts)

April 24 | Experimental Language Design
Alessandro Warth (Computer Science)

May 8 | Data Weaving as Cultural Text for Activism: Contemporary Indigenous Weaving
Sarah Brady (voidLab)

May 22 | Multiperspectivality and Experimental Data Visualization
Miriam Posner (Digital Humanities) and Lauren McCarthy (Design Media Arts)

June 5 | Designing for Accessibility and Disability
Claire Kearney-Volpe (NYU Ability Project)


Catherine D’Ignazio, Lauren Klein, Feminist Data Visualization
Shaka McGlotten, Black Data
Johanna Drucker, 3DH Visualizations
Johanna Drucker, Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display
Mimi Onuoha, Missing Data Sets
Mushon Zer-Aviv, If Everything is a Network, Nothing is a Network
Melissa Gregg, Inside the Data Spectacle
Kim Gallon, Making a Case for the Black Digital Humanities