Design and OpenScience

IN_VISIBLE stands for Inclusion and Visibility. When we are denied expressing our identity and participating in education we become invisible.

IN_VISIBLE is an interactive, bottom ­up, visualization tool and open mapping prototype that monitors the changing landscape of access,
inclusion, and exclusion from public spaces, institutions and services
for transgender communities.

In my academic biography I had the false belief it was not acceptable/ legitime to be me.
I did not know other people like me who were not severely outcasted in society. I couldnt  express my authentic self at the University. Which back then missed and still today, lack  of policies and protections for TIN people (Transgender, Intersex and NonBinary).

Back in March 2017, I met Ryan Hammond (Argentinian American Artist) at the
second gathering for Open Hardware in Santiago de Chile (GOSH). We
were inspired by the work of Thomas Mboa Nkoudou (Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa) on cognitive justice.

In June 2017, I read with great joy the news.  “Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru Approves Reform That Recognizes Transgender Gender Identity”. Then I knew this is what I had to do: make available information and spread protections. And apply the values written in the GOSH Manifesto.

IN_VISIBLE  first public highlight talk ocurred at OpenCon17 (Right for Research Coalition). The first collective work took off at the Do-a-Thon with emphatic international participants, at the Harnack House of the Max Planck Society.

OpenCon17, Max Planck Society Harnack House, Berlin

After several art works and pleasant conversations with Rian Ciela Hammond, we had a first design. “The yellow organic background I chose inspired by the intersex symbol which is the yellow flag with purple circle in the center. The gradient of the globe from pink to purple to blue to green for the trans colors (pink to blue) and genderqueer color green on the edge for those who identify outside the male <> female spectrum”. “The yellow background in this organic camouflage pattern I liked because it references the act of fitting into surroundings, blending, veiling, revealing, hiding, or appearing” Said Ryan.

Artworks of Ryan Hammond.

Later in July 2018. Together with Paz Bernaldo (Chile) and Gustavo Pereira (Argentina) from, Pineapple Laboratories presented the topic “Diversity: Is Open Science Open Enough?” A panel session organized by Thomas Mboa (Cameroon) and Luc Henry (IPFL) at the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development. There I was introduced to Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development Goals.

Illustration from Gustavo Pereira (Argentina).