Artist Conversation: Sondra Perry and Morehshin Allahyari, Manual Override
As part of the closing week of Manual Override, the exhibition’s guest curator Nora N. Khan will discuss the driving curatorial themes of the exhibition in an opening talk. She will then lead a conversation with artists Sondra Perry and Morehshin Allahyari about the embedded ideas and process of creating their new commissions. Perry’s installation, you out here look n like you don’t belong to nobody: heavy metal and reflective (2019), and Allahyari’s, She Who Sees the Unknown: Kabous, The Left Witness and The Right Witness (2019), were both developed over the past year explicitly for Manual Override.
In Manual Override, artists Morehshin Allahyari, Simon Fujiwara, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sondra Perry, and Martine Syms, critique the social, cultural, and ethical issues embedded in emerging technological systems.
Nora N. Khan is a writer. She writes criticism on emerging issues within digital visual culture, experimental art and music practices, and the philosophy of emerging technology. She is a professor at RISD, Digital and Media, where she teaches graduate courses in critical theory and artistic research, critical writing, and the history of digital media. She is a longtime editor at Rhizome, and is currently editor of Prototype, Google’s Artist and Machine Intelligence Group’s book forthcoming in 2019.
Khan’s writing practice extends to a range of collaborations, which includes shows, performances, exhibition essays, scripts, and sometimes, librettos. Last year, she collaborated with Sondra Perry, Caitlin Cherry, and American Artist to create A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN at Performance Space, New York. She has contributed essays and fiction to exhibitions held at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, and the Venice Biennale, as well as to books published by Koenig Press, Sternberg Press, and Mousse.
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 for an emerging arts writer. She publishes criticism in forums like 4Columns, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice, and Rhizome. Last year, she wrote a small book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files, published by Primary Information.
Location and dates
- Running time: Approximately 90 minutes