Still from Virtually Asian, Astria Suparak, 2021, video. Image courtesy the artist.
Guest edited by art historian Megan Driscoll (University of Richmond), No Template: Art and the Technologies of Race is a special issue of Media-N that was conceived amidst a resurgence of discourse on the relationship between race and the technological. This issue responds in particular to Beth Coleman and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun’s concept of “race and/as technology” wherein race operates as technē, a prosthesis or skill that can be leveraged by—or against—individuals within systems of power. No Template approaches this concept from the unique perspectives of art and visual culture, asking: How can artistic practice better elucidate the racialization of technology and the technologization of race?