Dec 12th 2019

“And yet it cannot stay empty forever, for then it would simply dissolve,” is a poetry reading co-performed by New Media Program artist-in-residence Anneli Goeller and their artificial intelligent 3D scanned avatar, @DigitalQueer. Following the performance, Goeller moderates a round-table discussion on the social construction of disability and the radical possibilities of virtual worlds for disabled people. Panelists provide context and share their research about disability culture, activism, and technology.

Alice Krueger / Gentle Heron
Akemi Nishida
Katie L. O’Neill

Mana Contemporary has a wheelchair accessible entrance on the west side of the building. Service dogs are welcome. There are all gender bathrooms and ADA compliant bathrooms are available on floors 2, 4, 5, and 6. All floors are accessible via the elevator. The space is not scent-free but we ask that attendees please refrain from wearing any scented perfumes or products to this event. CART services will be provided. ASL interpretation will be available if requested two weeks in advance. The performance will consist of a quiet poetry reading in the style of ASMR on a soundsystem and a large projected video that moves slowly and uses light colors. Foam ear plugs will be provided.

Anneli Goeller uses 3D simulation and artificial intelligence as speculative tools to create algorithmic selves and expand the concept of personhood. Their work seeks to define queer narratives within the digital realm, expand identity via data ownership and explore symptoms of PTSD using dissociation as a conceptual framework. Goeller received their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have been exhibited internationally and on the Internet.

Image: Anneli Goeller, still from “And yet it cannot stay empty forever, for then it would simply dissolve,” 2019. Courtesy of the artist

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