About

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My work melds writing, art-making, editing, and publishing, and is primarily concerned with the relationships between representation, technology, and politics. In my critical writing and work with the magazine Triple Canopy, and in performances and multimedia projects, I explore the power of technological processes to comprehend and determine social conduct while asking how language and artistic work might interrupt these processes. I’m the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for my forthcoming book Arbitrary Units: Culture in the Age of Quantification. As part of a 2013–15 fellowship at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, I developed essays, presentations, and performances that deal with standards, the ubiquitous and largely invisible tools for organizing social and economic life.

I’m the editor of Triple Canopy, a magazine based in New York. I’m also a contributing editor of Bidoun, a magazine of the arts and culture of the Middle East and its diaspora. My writing on digital culture, aesthetics, literature, and politics has appeared in The Nation, The Believer, n+1, Bookforum, Art in AmericaArtforumFrieze, and in several exhibition catalogues. My work as an individual and with Triple Canopy has been exhibited and performed at the 14th Istanbul Biennial: “Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms”; Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); the New Museum (New York), as part of “Surround Audience: The Generational Triennial”; Museum Tinguely (Basel); Swiss Institute (New York); the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; MoMA PS1 (New York); Art Dubai; the twelfth Bienal de Cuenca; and Artissima 18. I was the recipient of a 2011 art and research grant from the Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), where my project, Popular Legacy, was exhibited.

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