WELCOME WEDNESDAY | Spiritual Machines: A screening and conversation led by American Artist
Spiritual Machines: A screening and conversation, hosted by American Artist
May 30, 6 – 9pm
This screening will feature two works by Terence Nance in which the artist uses Google to recall images of Black girls and boys that have entered into the singularity, and as the titles indicate “are thus spiritual machines.” The following conversation will bring together curator Henry Murphy, visual artist Marquita Flowers, and Eyebeam resident American Artist to consider how these canonized images of Black youth inform and reflect the position of blackness in the post-internet age.
Doors open at 6
Featuring screening of:
18 Black Girls Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines
18 Black Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines
American Artist uses video, installation, new media, and writing to reveal historical dynamics embedded within contemporary culture and technology. American attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist, and is currently a resident at Eyebeam. They have exhibited at The Kitchen, New York, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and have participated in group shows internationally. American is a co-founder of the arts and politics publication unbag.
Marquita Flowers is an artist, educator and curator from the Bronx, NY. Through her varied practice she aims to develop projects and platforms that are centered for people of color, multi-vocal and rely on collaborative strategies for implementation and growth. Marquita holds a B.F.A in Sculpture and New Media with a minor in Community Arts Education from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. She currently is focused on Education and Public Programs at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in Harlem, NY.
Henry Murphy is a Jackson, Mississippi native, technologist, musician, and creative thinker interested in issues of access and equity at the intersection of art and technology. He graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a B.A. in English and French literature. He was a Public Programs Fellow as a part of MoMA and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s collaborative fellowship program.