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Nora Khan, Crossed Purposes Writing Grant winner

A talk with Crossed Purposes Writing Grant winner, Nora Khan

The publication, Seeing, Naming, and Knowing, by Nora Khan marks the first annual award for critical writing to encourage new perspectives on photography and its extended practice. The author’s topic was nominated by a distinguished international group of fourteen writers, curators, and educators, and the author was given twelve months to produce her essay. Nora Khan will give a public lecture on machine learning and the interpretation of photographic imagery on Saturday April 13th at 1PM at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media department, in conjuncion with their 30 Year Anniversary Book Fair, April 11-13.

Nora Khan is a writer. She writes criticism on emerging issues within digital visual culture, experimental art and music practices, and philosophy of emerging technology. She is a professor at RISD, Digital and Media, where she teaches graduate students four courses: critical theory and artistic research, critical writing, both for artists and designers, and history of digital media. She is a longtime editor at Rhizome, and is currently editor of Prototype, the book of Google’s Artist and Machine Intelligence Group forthcoming in 2019.

Khan’s writing practice extends to a large range of collaborations, which include shows, performances, and exhibition essays, scripts, and sometimes, librettos. Last year, she collaborated with Sondra Perry, Caitlin Cherry, and American Artist to create A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN at Performance Space, New York. She has contributed essays and fiction to exhibitions held at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, and the Venice Biennale, within books published by Koenig Press, Sternberg Press and Mousse.

Her writing has been supported by many awards over the last decade, including, most recently, a Critical Writing Grant given through the Visual Arts Foundation and the Crossed Purposes Foundation (2018), an Eyebeam Research Residency (2017), and a Thoma Foundation 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art for an emerging arts writer. She consistently publishes criticism in places like 4Columns, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice, and Rhizome. Last year, she wrote a small book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files, published by Primary Information.

Crossed Purposes Foundation, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to educational and cultural service in the visual arts. Its broad goal is to expand public dialogue about issues in the history and criticism of photography and the role of socially and politically engaged art in the world at large.

The Brooklyn Rail- Founded in October 2000 and currently published 10 times annually, The Brooklyn Rail provides an independent forum for arts, culture and politics throughout New York City and far beyond. The Brooklyn Rail, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distributes its journal free of charge around New York City, and ships to a growing list of national and international subscribers.

Visual Arts Foundation- The mission of the Visual Arts Foundation is to advance the arts as both individual vocation and social force. The Foundation supports emerging artists and broadens audiences for their work, fosters a climate that values and seeks understanding of the arts, and increases visual literacy and appreciation for “the artist’s life.” The Visual Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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