To create her compass poems, poet and programmer Allison Parrish trained a machine learning model with two parts: one spells words based on how they sound, and the other sounds out words based on how they’re spelled.
Working on the cutting-edge of science and technology.
On writing a systems novel that accommodates a diverse cast of characters and the concerns of our hyper-digital times.
A novel that avoids being a ripped-from-the-headlines sellout and offers an intelligent tale about the lives that new technologies mediate.
On writing about the tech industry, interracial relationships, and Asian American historical figures.
“People talk about algorithms like they’re magic. It’s easy to see why. They govern how the internet is shown to us, conjured from spells. Their methods are opaque, and yet we put our trust in them.”
Creating a space between humans and machines.
As he prepares his musical—part video, part performance—for Performa 19, the Thai-born artist shares thoughts on Ghost Cinema, the ritual circle, storytelling, and empathy.
The house was quiet and the world / Greased my palm / The air outside a weighted blanket / Scarab shells rising with the pitch of their hiss / In the shadow of a bodacious oak / I thought of a famous actor
The story is contagious and the imaging tells it…
Notions of ecological precarity and technological mediation enfold in the degraded landscape; the video artist surveys her decades of prescient and pressing work.
The writer on kill bro poems, cyborg transformations as erotic experiences, and implicating the self.
What role does technology play in helping or hindering our wellbeing?
Has our insatiable appetite for technological innovation doomed us to a world without humanity?
While taking a road trip across the US, the German artist reveals how digital technology, humor, and the human body inform his paintings and installations.
The writer on his short story collection, Hybrid Creatures, and using mathematical equations, HTML code, music symbols, and propositional logic to build narratives.
On visits home I see gifts ripped open, and the confetti. / How much candy is in lil’ piñata? My niece asks. / So much candy he can fly.
Painting with a Roomba and International Klein Blue.