All posts filed under ‘Writing

“The Last Platform”

In the March 2016 issue of Frieze, I published “The Last Platform,” an essay about “what it’s like to stand on the precipice of virtual reality.”

Arbitrary Units: Culture in the Age of Quantification

I am currently at work on a book tentatively titled Arbitrary Units: Culture in the Age of Quantification, for which I recently received an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation. Arbitrary Units will examine the tools and objects that shape our world and, increasingly, shape the ways in which we create and understand art. Our […]

“Chronicle of a Traveling Theory”

In October 2015 I published “Chronicle of a Traveling Theory” in Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press), edited by Lauren Cornell and Ed Halter. The essay discusses on how International Art English became a byword for the devolution of the language of criticism in the globalized, Internet-addled art world. On December 21, 2015, the […]

“Don’t You Want to Have a Body?”

On July 21, 2015, I published “Don’t You Want to Have a Body?”—an essay on the fantasy of strong AI and the reality of chatbots, the soothing effects of stupid systems—in Triple Canopy, as part of It Speaks of Others, an issue devoted to smart and dumb objects. (An early version of this work was presented […]

My Life as a Man

In January 2015, I published a prose poem called “Sgt. Star” in My Life as a Man (Horses Think Press), an artist book by Carmen Winant. The book also includes contributions by Matthew Brannon, Moyra Davey, Courtney Fiske, Jim Fletcher, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jonathan Griffin, Geoffrey Hilsabeck, Michael Ned Holte, Sarah McMenimen, Anna Livia, Ross Simonini, and John Yau. “Sgt. Star” employs language sourced from […]

“Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art”

In the May 2015 issue of Art in America, I published a review of “Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art,” an exhibition that was on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem from November 2014 to March 2015. The review begins: In January, Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company, the force behind the magazines Ebony and Jet, announced that it would […]

“Surround Audience”

In February 2015, I published “Reality Formatting” in the catalogue for the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial, “Surround Audience,” curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin. The essay focuses on the role of standardization and technologies of mediation in the work of José León Cerrillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. A version of this essay […]