Hello … I’m Nora. Nice to meet you. I am a writer and Acting Editor at Rhizome. I spent the last year as a research resident at Eyebeam. I write fiction and criticism on emerging issues within digital visual culture, research-based experimental art and music practices, and the philosophy of emerging technology.  I also speak and work frequently in collaboration with curators, educators, and activists with similar interests.

Upcoming Events:

5/2 A Prelude to the Shed: In Conversation with Laurie Anderson and Tino Sehgal, moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dorothea von Hantelmann. The Prelude Series is curated by Dorothea von Hantelmann with Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Kevin Slavin.
Evening Conversation
5/3  “Refiguring The Future,” respondent to an internal session on Transfeminist AI at NetGain Partnership conference, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
4/13 In Conversation with Harm van den Dorpel, LIMA Amsterdam.
In Conversation with Ian Cheng and Ben Vickers, Serpentine Galleries, London.
1/22 In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, DLD Conference, Munich, Germany.

Awards: I’m a 2018 recipient of the inaugural Critical Writing Grant given through the Visual Arts Foundation and the Crossed Purposes Foundation, a grant that is supporting this year’s creation of the grounds for a book of criticism on artificial seeing, speaking, and creating. My art criticism has also won a Thoma Foundation 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art for an emerging arts writer, awarded by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

Publications: Last year, I wrote a small book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files, published by Primary Information. I’ve published criticism in 4ColumnsArt in America, Flash Art, Mousse, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice, Rhizome, aCCeSsions, POSTmatter, After Us, Ran Dian, AVANT, and Kill Screen. I have published fiction in ConjunctionsAmerican Literary Review, DIS, and Hunger Mountain.

I collaborate frequently with artists in ongoing relationships, contributing essays and fiction to their exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, and the Venice Biennale, sometimes within books published by Sternberg Press and Mousse.

Here are a few essays that I like a lot:

Towards a Poetics of Artificial Superintelligence
Business Fish, or Emotion Under Late Capitalism
Faulty Inventory Control
Family Function
Trust Issues
Scaling up to the Sublime

Practice: Here is a nice interview with me about my writing practice and thinking that came out this fall on The Creative Independent

Speaking: I speak frequently at festivals, museums, and galleries. Notable reent speaking engagements have been at Triple Canopy, as part of Chatbot Laureate with Lucy Ives and Alexandra Kleeman, at Gray Area Festival, transmediale in Berlin, UCLA IDEAS, New School, and NYU IDM. In 2016, I spoke at the Whitney about Ian Cheng’s live simulations as part of New Ways to See: Digital Art Criticism Now. And at New Museum that year, 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. All events are on this page.

Background: I studied writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (M.F.A., Fiction) and Harvard (B.A., English and American Literature and Languages). I also have extensive professional experience as an editor and teacher of writing, leading critical writing courses, writing business case studies, and editing fiction and non-fiction.

General Interests: 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 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! 



  1. Hi Nora,

    I’m an art and culture writer currently working on a story for Vice about the increasing digitalization of the art world through artificial intelligence and the issues this raises about copyright, privacy, and anonymity. I’m a huge fan of your writings for Art in America and Rhizome and would love to be able to talk to you about your work at Eyebeam but couldn’t find your e-mail on your site.

    Please let me know if this would be a possibility!

    All my best,

    Mariana Fernandez

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