WordHack XXIV

June 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM @ Babycastles Gallery

Feat. Ben Grosser, Carl Ferrero, Elizaveta Shneyderman & Ansh Patel. Special Guest: Chris Rodley!
Fun Evening

WordHack is a monthly evening of performances and talks exploring the intersection of language and technology. Code poetry, digital literature, e-lit, language games, coders interested in the creative side, writers interested in new forms writing can take, all are welcome here. We also have an OPEN PROJECTOR (like an open mic for digital work) where anyone can come up and show their work (for 5 minutes). Signup starts at 6:45, and will fill up so get here early! Performers start at 7:15. This month we will feature talks and performances by: BEN GROSSER (http://bengrosser.com/) CARL FERRERO (http://carlferrero.com/) ELIZAVETA SHNEYDERMAN (http://elizavetashneyderman.com/) ANSH PATEL (http://lightnarcissus.com/) Special Guest: CHRIS RODLEY (https://chrisrodley.com/) Host: TODD ANDERSON (http://hotwriting.net/) Lead Organizer: CLAIRE DONATO (http://somanytumbleweeds.com/) SUGGESTED DONATION $5-10 Join the WordHack Email List: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WqcjgCk67ghz7b8UjwZVProo9gIpYFhxmAIyOeGsdFI/viewform --- PERFORMER BIOS BEN GROSSER focuses on the cultural, social, and political implications of software. Recent exhibition venues include the Digital Arts Festival in Athens, Arebyte Gallery in London, Galerie Charlot in Paris, and Museum Ludwig in Cologne. His works have been featured in Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, and Cosmopolitan. The Chicago Tribune called him the “unrivaled king of ominous gibberish.”Slate referred to his work as “creative civil disobedience in the digital age.” Grosser’s recognitions include First Prize in VIDA 16, and the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture from Stuttgarter Filmwinter. He is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at its National Center for Supercomputing Applications. CARL FERRERO is an artist and graphic designer who works in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited at Artists Space, Feature Inc., VoxPopuli, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Elizabeth Foundation, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Exile Gallery, Berlin, and Artenova, Italy. Ferrero received his MFA from Brooklyn College, and he has received grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His artwork has been featured in BOMB, Tarpaulin Sky, and LIT. He has taught painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at typography at CUNY. Way back in the early 1990s, Ferrero worked on the landmark LGBTQ magazine QW, and more recently he has collaborated with the writers and poets Mike Albo, Alexander Chee, and Monica Youn. ELIZAVETA SHNEYDERMAN is an artist and curator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in membranes, empathy, and misappropriation. In a recent curatorial undertaking she considered compression as a mode of circulation, hoping to gel collaborative models with unexploitative ways of working. Examining the tension between artwork as a single artist’s exercise or as a collective phenomenon, she considers the predicament that space is a retelling of the objects within it. She has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in Painting with a concentration in History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences. ANSH PATEL is an interdisciplinary artist whose works range from experimental games, digital media installations, performances, visual art, network + data art and surveillance interventions. His work marries conceptual with the practice, exploring the processes between them. His body of work in games comprises of short-form experiments that serve as critical deconstructions of a conventional aspect of the games industry, medium and culture. His digital media projects focuses on embodiment, performance, surveillance serving a critical response to sociopolitical issues and techno-utopian ideals by evoking the absurd. He is also a critic whose work has appeared in different literary and academic publications like Arcade Review, The New Inquiry, Model View Culture, Unwinnable and Paste Magazine. CHRIS RODLEY is a writer and media artist based in Sydney, Australia. His most recent project is the automated story generator Magic Realism Bot, which was co-created with his sister Ali Rodley. It was recently featured in the Art of Bots exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Chris’s media art collaborations with Andrew Burrell have also appeared at a number of international festivals including the International Symposium on Electronic Art, the Electronic Literature Organization’s Media Arts Show, and the Art and Algorithms Festival. Chris also lectures on digital writing and is currently a PhD candidate in digital cultures at the University of Sydney, where his research focuses on the intersection of social media and electronic literature. He is also a regular contributor at BuzzFeed.

$5-10 Sliding Scale

Hosted by Todd