Common Ground

On Cultural Analytics & AI Aesthetics: Lev Manovich and McKenzie Wark


7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific

Leading digital culture theorist Dr. Lev Manovich joins writer and scholar McKenzie Wark for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Stephen Ira.

In this talk

Lev Manovich

Lev Manovich
One of the leading theorists of digital culture worldwide and a pioneer in the application of data science for analysis of contemporary culture. Dr. Manovich is the author and editor of 15 books including Cultural Analytics, AI Aesthetics, Theories of Software Culture, Instagram and Contemporary Image, Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database and The Language of New Media. He was included in the list of “25 People Shaping the Future of Design” in 2013 and the list of “50 Most Interesting People Building the Future” in 2014. Manovich is a Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab. Manovich’s latest book “Cultural Analytics” is published by The MIT Press.

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark
Photo credit: Z. Walsh
McKenzie Wark is the author of Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte), among other things. Her book Raving was published this year by Duke University Press.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Stephen Ira reading.

Stephen Ira

Stephen Ira, photo by Chris Berntsen
Photo by Chris Berntsen
A writer, filmmaker, and performer. His poetry has appeared, or shortly will, in venues like DIAGRAM, Poetry, Fence, American Poetry Review, and tagvverk. As an actor, he has appeared at venues like La Mama Etc, Dixon Place, and The Stud, creating roles in new plays by poets like Maxe Crandall and Bernadette Mayer. As a filmmaker, his work has appeared at OutFest, New Fest, and the Philly Trans Wellness Conference. In 2013, he was a Lambda Literary Fellow. In 2019, he completed an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is currently a poetry editor at the speculative magazine Strange Horizons.

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