The New Social Environment#619

Art + Technology: John Gerrard

Featuring Gerrard and Charlotte Kent


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist John Gerrard joins Rail Editor-At-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Flora Field.

In this talk

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John Gerrard

John Gerrard, photo by Michael Duerr
Photo by Michael Duerr
John Gerrard is best known for his sculptures and installations, which typically take the form of digital simulations, displayed using real-time computer graphics. Gerrard’s works concern themselves with the nature of contemporary power by exemplifying the mass structures and vast networks of energy which materialised during the twentieth century. Gerrard’s method of production involves taking tens of thousands of digital photographs and then recreating a scene with them by implementing the same technology used for video games. The result is seemingly realistic but artificial in actuality. Such virtual technology has become standard in the videogames industry, which evolved from US military simulation exercises; yet it has rarely crossed over into the visual arts.

Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Associate professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Flora Field

Black and white photo of Flora Field
Flora Field is a poet from Oregon. She received her MFA from Columbia University where she was a Teaching Fellow and runner-up for an Academy of American Poets University Prize. Her writing can be found in Thimble Literary Magazine, The Adirondack Review, Entropy Mag, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her debut manuscript “Green Dream”.

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