Feb 8–9, 2019

About Interrupt

Celebrating the intersection of writing and new media, Interrupt V will involve readings, exhibitions, performances and video screenings, along with discussions that investigate "interruption" in digital language art and performance. In computing, an interrupt is a command sent to the central processor, demanding its attention and calling for the initiation of a new task. The festival’s aim is to not only interrupt trends in the field of literary theory and digital aesthetics, but practice interruption as an applied critique of systemic forces.

The festival’s approach to media and authorship casts light on the myriad ways data encrypts the body in late capitalism. As computational media becomes increasingly material, and media is ever more woven into sensation, this conference considers digital writing as an impression on the body. By highlighting performance and new media artists who have used their own bodies as aesthetic tools, and writers who describe embodiment, Interrupt V focuses on the biological as a system of networks. Electronics and computational vernaculars are not outside of the ecological. The notion that meditated text art exists without natural resources, material processing systems, and very human pathologies must be interrupted!


Friday_February 8th

10 — 11

Granoff, Lobby

11 — 12:30

Jhave Johnston, John Cayley, & Maralie Armstrong
moderated by Cam Scott
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff, Room 110

1:30 — 2:30

Urgent Publishing Workshop with Paul Soulellis
Studio 2, Granoff

2:30 — 4:00

DROUGHT SPA (alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo) and Ian Hatcher
moderated by Lucas Baisch
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff, room 110

5:00 — 6:00

Interactive Coding Workshop led by Qianxun Chen
Multimedia Lab, Granoff, room N320

6:00 — 7:00

Jackie Wang
introduced by Harper Shalloe
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff, room 110

7:00 — 8:00

Granoff, Lobby

Saturday_February 9th

10 — 11

Granoff, Lobby

10 & 10:30

CAVE Tours
Meet in Granoff, Lobby

11:00 — 12:30

Meredith Morran, Jaylen Strong, Bridget Hawkins
moderated by Claire Donato
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff, room 110

1:00 — 2:30

Shay Lawz, Anna Moschovakis & Claire Donato
Studio 1, Granoff, room S410

4:00 — 5:30

Judd Morrissey & Abraham Avnisan, Sawako Nakayasu
moderated by Theadora Walsh
Studio 1, Granoff, room S410

6:00 — 7:00

WafaA Bilal
introduced by Carlos Kong
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff, room 110

7:00 — 9:00

Granoff, Lobby


Maralie Armstrong-Rial is a NYC based artist, vocalist, and educator whose work finds heritage in a genealogy of spiritual and sensual expression via technology. Intermingling audio, video, sculpture, movement, and performance she seduces poetics from human-machine interaction. A reaching for the unseen or celestial otherness is often evoked while meditations on the Eternal and the temporal form her living pattern of dance. Born into a Uruguayan American polyglot family, Maralie finds herself in the hyphen between concrete definitions, cultures, and ultimately genres. A reflection of this fluent upbringing is the difficultly to classify her varied yet distinct oeuvre. She performs collaboratively as Humanbeast with artist and partner Eli V Manuscript and solo as VALISE. VALISE is a live multimedia performance project which speaks and dances with itself, transposes ancient star data into midi maps, and produces recordings strictly within the limits of mixing between multiple browser tabs (which the artist refers to as "browser" genre) . Recordings by both projects have been published by Primitive Languages, Load Records, No Rent Records, and Angoisse. Both Humanbeast and VALISE actively perform in a variety of underground show spaces, forests, funerals, galleries, and museums. Maralie currently works as a visiting assistant professor at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design

Abraham Avnisan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. He creates artists' books, applications for mobile devices, new media installations and mixed reality performances that seek to subvert dominant narratives through embodied encounters with language, history, and philosophy. Abraham is the recipient of a Digital Studies Fellowship through Rutgers University—Camden, a Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship through the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Rosen and Edes Foundation Semi-Finalist Fellowship for Emerging Artists. He teaches creative writing, new media art and interactive media design as an Artist-in-Residence in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at University of Washington Bothell.

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and known internationally for his online performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the Internet. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time” and named him 2008 Artist of the Year. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continued to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and …and Counting. Bilal’s most recent body of work, Canto III, premiered in a solo booth at the New York Armory Show in 2015 and went on to be shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale. In 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others.

John Cayley makes digital language art, particularly in the domain of poetry and poetics. Recent and ongoing projects include The Readers Project with Daniel C. Howe, impositionwith Giles Perring, riverIsland, and what we will. A reader, Image Generation, was published in 2015 by Veer Books, London. Cayley is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.

Qianxun Chen is an artist, programmer, and designer who is originally from Beijing. She creates code based works that explore language, thought, and culture. Some of her works have been published in Drunken Boat, Cura, and Electronic Literature Collection. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Digital Language Art at Brown University.

Claire Donato writes across genres and is the author of two books: Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a not-novel novel, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), a collection of poems. Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Territory, DIAGRAM, Bennington Review, BOMB, Fanzine, and The Elephants. Currently, she teaches in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute, serves as a Mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Project, and lives with one cat and 48 houseplants.

DROUGHT SPA is the multimedia project of Oakland-based artists alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo. Their performances, videos, and installations combine text, stochastic synthesis, and computer vision, among other modes, to examine subjectivities within networked life. They have performed nationally and abroad.

Bridget Hawkins is a New Jersey native who lives in Brooklyn. She is currently completing her senior year at Pratt Institute, earning a BFA in Writing. Her poem "Anemic" was winner of the Academy of American Poets 2018 College and University Poetry Prize, and her graphic short story "Tell Her Anyway" is featured in the Simon and Schuster 2018 anthology, It Occurs to Me I Am America. As a biracial black woman living in America, Bridget's poetry often confronts issues of race and marginality, engaging a range of forms and genres.

Ian Hatcher is a text / sound / code / performance artist based in New York. His work focuses on algorithmic culture, language as data, and human / machine entanglement. He has performed and exhibited in 15 countries, including at Artists Space, The Kitchen, e-flux, Pioneer Works, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Festival Actoral, Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Runokuu in Helsinki, and the University of Hong Kong. His published books and vinyl records include Prosthesis (Poor Claudia); The All-New (Anomalous); Drone Pilot (cOsmOsmOse); Colony (ESPTV); and Abra, a conjoined artists' book and iOS app created with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin. Previously on faculty at NJIT and Brown University, he is a 2018-19 Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers-Camden and teaches in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

Jhave is a digital poet once again based in Montreal, formerly working in Hong Kong. He plays with language images video theories dreams disparity code wistfulness tentacles food integrity time paths love & intransigient synchonicity. Glia refers to a neurological substance (a brain jelly); it is more common than neurons. Jhave is a nickname created by combining the ‘jh’ from Johnston with ‘ave’ from Dave. That is probably all you need or want to know.

Shay Lawz is a writer and performer raised in Jersey City, NJ. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Aster(ix), Big Big Wednesday, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. She thinks often about the relationship between text and performance, sound and image, the body and everything else that we call home. She is a recent graduate of Brown University’s MFA program and the 2018 Roxane Gay poetry fellow for Jack Jones Literary Arts. Currently, she is at work on an interdisciplinary project.

Meredith Morran is a writer and filmmaker based in Providence, RI. Her writing and new media work examine interactions between humans and technology as sites for both humor and for questioning our existing forms of meaning making. Her documentary work strives to highlight socially relevant issues such as aging in rural America, the opioid epidemic, and generational poverty. Her films have been screened internationally at festivals including SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Fastnet Film Festival, Lady Filmmakers Film Festival and the Pitch Her Productions' Riveter Series. She is currently a senior at Brown University, where she studies Modern Culture and Media & Literary Arts.

Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist who creates poetic systems across a range of platforms incorporating electronic writing, internet art, live performance, and augmented reality. He is a co-founder of the performance collective, Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r), and an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies. He has received a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a Fulbright Scholar’s Award in Digital Culture, and a Mellon Foundation Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship.

Anna Moschovakis is the author most recently of the novel Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press, 2018). Her books of poetry include the James Laughlin award-winning You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This. Her translations from French include Albert Cossery’s The Jokers, Annie Ernaux’s The Possession, and Bresson on Bresson, and experimental translations of and with the Algerian poet Samira Negrouche. A recipient of grants and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, The Poetry Fund, the Howard Foundation, and apexart, she has taught in the graduate writing programs at Bard, Pratt, and Columbia. She is a longtime member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and a co-founder of Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY.

Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation – separately and in various combinations. She has lived mostly in the US and Japan, briefly in France and China, and translates from Japanese. Her books include The Ants, Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry), and Costume en Face (a translation of a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations). She is co-editor, with Lisa Samuels, of A Transpacific Poetics, a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She teaches at Brown University.

Paul Soulellis an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. He is faculty at RISD and a contributing editor at Rhizome.

Jaylen Strong is a seeker, a body that breathes, and a companion to truth. He works in the realm of writing and art but is most fascinated by our profound connections to each other. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Theadora Walsh is a writer from San Francisco who works with moving text, essay films, and fragments. Her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast Magazine, Apogee, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Cosmonaut Avenue and she's published criticism in BOMB, Electronic Book Review, and afterimage. She is pursuing an MFA at Brown University and has enjoyed curating Interrupt V under the supervision of John Cayley.

Jackie Wang is a poet, multimedia artist, and Ph.D. candidate in African and African American Studies and History at Harvard University, specializing in race and the political economy of prisons and police. She recently published a book titled “Carceral Capitalism” (Semiotext(e) / MIT Press) on the racial, economic, political, legal, and technological dimensions of the US carceral state. Her interest in this topic is rooted in her experience of having an imprisoned brother who was sentenced to juvenile life without parole as a teenager. She has performed and exhibited work at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Biennial, The Kitchen, The LA Film Forum’s Cinema Cabaret, Arika’s Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist (Glasgow), the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) and many other venues.