AMT Rendez-vous #25 Ben Grosser: Fooling YouTube, Modding Facebook, and Scaring the NSA: (Net) Art as Software Research
When: October 6th, 10am
Where: Parsons Paris, room 500
Who: Ben Grosser
How are numbers on Facebook changing what we “like” and who we “friend?” Why does a bit of nonsense sent via email scare both your mom and the NSA? What makes someone mad when they learn Google can’t see where they stand? From net art to robotics to supercuts to e-lit, Ben Grosser constructs interactive experiences, machines, and systems that investigate the cultural, social, and political effects of software.
Artist Ben Grosser focuses on the the cultural, social, and political implications of software. Recent exhibition venues include Eyebeam in New York, Arebyte Gallery in London, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and Galerie Charlot in Paris. His works have been featured in Wired, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Corriere della Sera, El País, and Der Spiegel. The Chicago Tribune called him the “unrivaled king of ominous gibberish.” Slate referred to his work as “creative civil disobedience in the digital age.” Grosser’s recognitions include First Prize in VIDA 16, the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture from Stuttgarter Filmwinter, and a commission from Rhizome. He is an assistant professor in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois, USA, and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).