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Sasha Stiles

New York, New York

Sasha Stiles is a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist and AI researcher probing the intersection of text and technology. A pioneer of generative literature and blockchain poetics, she is the recipient of a Future Art Award and a nominee for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and is co-founder of theVERSEverse, a literary NFT gallery. Her first book, Technelegy (Black Spring Press Group, 2021/2022) has been hailed as an “instant techno-classic.” Stiles’ cross-media practice engages with the evolution of poetry from the oral tradition to written language to metaversal literature. Her work as Poetry Mentor to the humanoid android BINA48 and with AI-powered language models including GPT-2 and GPT-3 suggest new modes of human-machine collaboration, and challenge what we think we know about creativity and cognition. Many of her projects incorporate elements of nature and nonhuman intelligence, investigating the ethos of consciousness; her award-winning “Cursive Binary” series of transhuman poetry in translation pushes back against reductive systems while envisioning transcendent futures. Stiles’ work has been widely exhibited in both analog and virtual venues including the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, the Museum Angewandte Kunst, the Digital Francisco Carolinum, Digital Art Month Paris, Miami Art Week, the Sonar+D Art and Music Festival, New York Fashion Week and Virtual Times Square. A thought leader in the poetics of technology, she has been invited to speak at TED, Art Basel, SXSW, Parsons The New School, The Electronic Literature Organization, the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, Art Market San Francisco, The Alternative Art School and elsewhere. Stiles is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford and lives near New York City with her husband and studio partner, Kris Bones.

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