The New Social Environment#759

Art + Tech: I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen

Featuring Alison Hearst, Alice Bucknell, Kahlil Robert Irving, Hasan Elahi, and Charlotte Kent, with Courtney Bush


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curator Alison Hearst and artists Alice Bucknell, Kahlil Robert Irving, and Hasan Elahi join Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Courtney Bush.

In this talk

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Alison Hearst

Alison Hearst
Alison Hearst is Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She is curator of the museum’s FOCUS exhibition series and has presented solo exhibitions of artists including Fred Tomaselli, Mario García Torres, Joyce Pensato, Jill Magid, Martine Gutierrez, Thomas Demand, Lorna Simpson, Analia Saban, Jamal Cyrus, and Stanley Whitney, amongst others. She organized the twenty-year survey, Robyn O’Neil: WE, THE MASSES, which opened in fall 2019. Hearst was also the curator of Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings, which traveled nationally. Hearst served as assistant curator of the major exhibitions Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s and México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990.

Alice Bucknell

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Alice Bucknell is an artist, writer, and curator based in London and Los Angeles. Working primarily with game engines and speculative fiction strategies, her current work explores interconnections of architecture, ecology, magic, and non-human and machine intelligence. In 2021, she established New Mystics, an editorial platform merging magic and technology. She has exhibited internationally, including at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and Het Nieuwe Instituut. Her writing appears regularly in publications including ArtReview and Flash Art. She’s currently an Associate Lecturer in MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins in London. In 2023, she will be in residence at transmediale in Berlin and a Supercollider SciArt fellow in LA.

Kahlil Robert Irving

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Kahlil Robert Irving is an artist currently based in the USA. He attended the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University, in St. Louis (MFA Fellow, 2017) and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, Art History and Ceramics, 2015). In December 2021 Irving opened his first museum solo exhibition Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving at the Museum of Modern Art. Irving recently participated in Social Works II at Gagosian Gallery in London. He has also participated in the Singapore Biennale, Singapore; Soft Water Hard Stone; The New Museum Triennial; and other exhibitions. Among other recognitions, he was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in 2019 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2020.

Hasan Elahi

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Hasan Elahi is an artist examining issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, among others. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. In 2022, he was appointed dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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 Courtney Bush reading.

Courtney Bush

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Poet and filmmaker Courtney Bush is from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She lives and works as a nanny in New York. She is the author of Isn’t This Nice?, Every Book Is About The Same Thing, and I Love Information, a 2022 National Poetry Series selection, forthcoming in 2023 from Milkweed Editions. Her films, made with collaborators Jake Goicoechea and Will Carington, have been screened at festivals internationally.

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