Performance | Wednesday, April 15, 8 pm
$7 General, $5 Members, Free for ArtsAccess Pass Holders
A performance utilizing textile, sound, and lecture, Tiara Roxanne’s Red Cont’d asks the possibilities of how the systems governing artificial intelligence can be used for decolonial means. Connected to her concurrent exhibition at Trinity Square Video and Images Festival in Toronto, we are excited to host the Berlin-based Indigenous cyberfeminist, scholar, and artist, who will be in conversation with writer and curator Nora Khan following her performance.
Biographies of the artists
Dr. Tiara Roxanne is an Indigenous cyberfeminist, scholar and artist based in Berlin. Her research and artistic practice investigates the encounter between the Indigenous Body and AI. More particularly, she explores the colonial structure embedded within artificial intelligence learning systems in her writing and her performance art through textile. Currently her work is mediated through the color red. She received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University in 2013 where she graduated from with her MFA. Under the supervision of Catherine Malabou, Tiara completed her dissertation, “Recovering Indigeneity: Territorial Dehiscence and Digital Immanence” in June 2019. Tiara has presented her work at SOAS (London), SLU (Madrid), Transmediale (Berlin), Duke University (NC), re:publica (Berlin), Tech Open Air (Berlin), AMOQA (Athens), among others. She is currently a Researcher at DeZIM-Institut in Berlin, Germany.
Nora N. Khan is a writer of criticism on digital visual culture and philosophy of emerging technology. Her research specifically focuses on experimental art and music practices that make arguments through software, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. She is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design, in Digital + Media; she teaches graduate students critical theory and artistic research, critical writing both for artists and designers, and history of digital media. She is a longtime editor at Rhizome. This year, as The Shed’s first guest curator, she organized the exhibition Manual Override, focused on contemporary artists engaging and critiquing emerging technology. The exhibition features newly commissioned installations by Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sondra Perry, and Morehshin Allahyari, and works by Martine Syms and Simon Fujiwara. Her writing has been supported by many awards over the last decade, including, most recently, a Critical Writing Grant given through the Visual Arts Foundation and the Crossed Purposes Foundation (2018), an Eyebeam Research Residency (2017), and a Thoma Foundation 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art . She studied literature and fiction writing at Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her most recent short book on machine-driven photography and vision, Seeing, Naming, Knowing, was published through The Brooklyn Rail. She wrote a book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files (Primary Information, 2017), on early fan forum culture and online conspiracy theories.
She publishes in Art in America, Frieze, Flash Art, Mousse, 4Columns, Brooklyn Rail, Rhizome, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice, and Glass Bead, and has written commissioned essays for major exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, the Venice Biennale – Estonian Pavilion, Centre Pompidou, Swiss Institute, and Kunstverein in Hamburg. Book contributions include Sondra Perry’s Typhoon Coming On (Koenig Books), Katja Novitskova’s Dawn Mission (Mousse) and If Only You Could See What I See with Your Eyes* (Sternberg Press), and Ian Cheng’s Emissaries Guide to Worlding (Koenig Books). Her research and writing practice also extends to a large range of artistic collaborations, which include librettos, performances, and exhibition essays, and scripts. Last year, she collaborated with Sondra Perry, Caitlin Cherry, and American Artist to create a tiny house, a garden, a film, a library, and a kiln, in A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN at Performance Space, New York.
Image courtesy of Tiara Roxanne, by Charlotte de Bekker. Co-presented with Trinity Square Video, Images Festival, and PLASMA at the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo.