Ian Cheng in conversation with Nora Khan and Ben Vickers

Serpentine Gallery

6 Mar 2018 - 7:30 PM

Ian Cheng in conversation with Nora Khan and Ben Vickers

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Artist Ian Cheng is joined by writer Nora Khan and Serpentine Galleries CTO Ben Vickers to discuss his exhibition at the Serpentine, the history of human consciousness, emergent forms of intelligence, as well as non-human entities and our capacity as a species to relate to change.

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Ian Cheng (b. 1984, USA) explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change.

Nora Khan is a writer and acting editor at Rhizome. She focuses on experimental art, digital visual culture, and the philosophy of technology. Her essays and art criticism won a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award in Digital Art in 2016 and in 2018, SVA and Brooklyn Rail's Crossed Purposes Grant for Critical Writing in Lens and Screen Arts. She has published in Mousse, 4Columns, Conjunctions, Flash Art, Art in America, The Village Voice, and California Sunday, and frequently writes exhibition essays, recently for Chisenhale Gallery and Sternberg Press. With Steven Warwick, she wrote Fear Indexing the X-Files, a book published by Primary Information. As research resident at Eyebeam last year, she focused on how language is mediated through bots and simulations. She speaks frequently on art and music practices that engage with artificial intelligence, at Triple Canopy, DLD, Gray Area Festival, transmediale, the Whitney Museum, UCLA, New Museum, NYU, Parsons, and New School. She holds a fiction M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow, and a B.A. in English literature from Harvard.  

Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at the Serpentine Galleries in London and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.

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