The New Social Environment#804

Art + Tech: Refigured

Featuring Christiane Paul, Rachel Rossin, American Artist, and Charlotte Kent, with Zoe Darsee


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curator Christiane Paul and artists Rachel Rossin and American Artist join Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Zoe Darsee.

In this talk

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Christiane Paul

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Christiane Paul is Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation’s 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and her books include A Companion to Digital Art (Blackwell-Wiley, May 2016); Digital Art (Thames and Hudson, 2003, 2008, 2015, 2023). At the Whitney Museum she curated exhibitions including Refigured (2023) and Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art 1965 - 2018 (2018/19) among others, and is responsible for artport, the museum’s portal to Internet art. Other curatorial work includes Chain Reaction (, 2023), and DiMoDA 4.0 Dis/Location (traveling show, 2021- ), among others.

Rachel Rossin

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Rachel Rossin is a painter and programmer whose multi-disciplinary practice has established her as a pioneer in the field of virtual reality. Her work blends painting, sculpture, new media, gaming, and video to create digital landscapes that focus on entropy, embodiment, the ubiquity of technology and its effect on our psychology.

American Artist

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American Artist is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers Black labor and visibility, as well as anti-blackness within networked life and digital systems. Their work includes video, installation, new media, and writing, and their legal name change to American Artist serves as an ambivalent foundation for their practice. It insists on blackness as descriptive of an American artist, and at the same time erases identity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name.

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 Zoe Darsee reading.

Zoe Darsee

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Zoe Darsee was born about noon on a Tuesday. Later they founded TABLOID Press, a publishing practice rooted in the poetics & sounds of the local, with poet, friend and artist Nat Marcus in Berlin, Germany. This work continues. Some of the poet’s texts have appeared in Annulet, KEITH LLC, Spectra, The Quarterless Review, in translation for EDIT Magazine, and in vocal collaboration with musicians Exael and DJ Paradise. Their chapbook, BELL LOGIC, is out from Spiral Editions. Forthcoming is a pamphlet on children as kindling, from Creative Writing Department, titled Anzündkind. They are a candidate for the MFA at the University of Notre Dame.

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