Hello … I’m Nora. Nice to meet you. I am a writer and currently a research resident within Eyebeam’s Research Residency, until October 2017. I am a Contributing Editor at Rhizome, based out of the New Museum, and a recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art for an emerging arts writer, awarded by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. I write fiction and creative non-fiction about digital visual culture, artificial intelligence, electronic music, and games, to name a few interests. I’ve published in Rhizome, Art in America, California Sunday, The Village Voice, aCCeSsions, POSTmatter, After Us, Ran Dian, AVANT, and Kill Screen. I have published fiction in Conjunctions, American Literary Review, DIS Magazine, and Hunger Mountain.
Here are a few essays that I like a lot:
I recently spoke at the Whitney about Ian Cheng’s live simulations as part of New Ways to See: Digital Art Criticism Now. At New Museum, I helped produce and moderate Together in Electric Dreams, a session on the present and future of artificial intelligence within Open Score, an art and technology symposium. I’ve talked at Printed Matter for the launch of Morehshin Allahyari’s 3D Additivist Cookbook, alongside Paul Soulellis, and at the Guggenheim, for the Åzone Futures Summit.
All events (and documentation) are on this page.
March 11 at UCLA
Machines of Loving Grace: A Symposium on Architecture, AI, and Virtual Worlds
Hosted by IDEAS, the UCLA A.UD Department’s Incubator, and Ozel Suprastudio, run by lead faculty Guvenc Ozel.
PARTICIPANTS: Rebecca Allen (Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts), Tim Wantland (Senior Interaction Designer, Google Research Machine Intelligence), Benjamin Bratton (Professor, University of California, San Diego), Madeline Gannon (Founder & Principal Researcher, ATONATON), Jason Kelly Johnson (Co-Founder and Design Partner – Future Cities Lab), Nora Khan (Writer, Eyebeam, Rhizome), Kenric Mcdowell (Senior UX Designer, Google Research, Art and Machine Intelligence), Guvenc Ozel (Lead Faculty, UCLA A.UD Suprastudio, IDEAS Program Advisor), Casey Reas (Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts), Jose Sanchez (Assistant Professor University of Southern California, School of Architecture, Director at Plethora Project llc.)
March 6th at New School
Acid Architecture: Trans-Thinking in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
Organized by Warren Neidich and the Office of Aesthetic Occupation in collaboration with CTM / Ed Keller.
4.30 PM – 8.30 PM
Kellen Auditorium, The New School
Center for Transformative Media
PARTICIPANTS: Ed Keller, Nora Khan, Sanford Kwinter, Warren Neidich, and McKenzie Wark.
At Eyebeam, I am producing essays in response to the residency Open Call, “focusing on power in the context of new forms of computation.” This year’s Open Call was advised by Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Kate Crawford (Microsoft Research), and Benjamin Bratton. Residents are given an opportunity to reshape their practice. Specifically, I will be writing about computational power as it shapes human creativity. These essays have found a home with a wonderful publishing partner. Phase One (December to February) is focused on the emerging crop of natural language bots- as they represent the wholescale financialization of AI, and Phase Two (March to May) will focus on the usefulness of simulations for institutional critique, among other things.
I also (love to) write for artists and musicians with complementary interests. I’ve contributed writing to Katja Novitskova’s recent artist book Dawn Mission (Mousse Publishing), and produced commissioned texts for Yuri Pattison’s User, Space exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, and Jeremy Shaw’s Towards Universal Pattern Recognition at König Galerie.
Current Beat: I am most interested in how we manage to express joy and wonder, and maintain our creative energy, within the bounds of increasingly oppressive systems. I am also interested in exploring the digital avant-garde, evolving critical poetics, cryptography and anonymity, cyberfeminism, surveillance capitalism and the obfuscation strategies that emerge under it.
As an editor, I hope to showcase and interview visual and multi-genre artists who play with all of the above. I want to ground any analysis of creative work in the social, political and material realities that make the work possible. I’m compelled by play between affect, cognitive studies, and emerging technology: namely, how new tech- makes us feel, think, and relate to one another in new ways. I’m most hopeful for the new virtual systems, platforms and mechanics that might just allow for a more open, learned, and compassionate world.
Get In Touch: I always love hearing from you, so please drop me a line!