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CNN Interview

May 28, 2013

Video of my interview, live on CNN Sunday Morning:



Upcoming in May

May 5, 2013

First off, a really nice post on the smithsonian blog about my work:

Second, if you are in upstate NY on May 12th come by the RPI Grad show 6-8pm in West Hall Art gallery where I will be showing the latest in my work with DNA forensics. See the great poster my colleague Raven Kwok made for the show:
And third, if you are near Montreal on May 25th,  my collective Future Archaeology will be presenting Ohm IV at the Sight and Sound Festival. Details here:

More to come soon!

Studio 360 Interview

February 11, 2013

WNYC and PRI’s Studio 360 did a great feature on my Stranger Visions project:

I received an anonymous sample of hair, and made a portrait of this person’s DNA – see the results below!

Kurt Anderson's DNA Portrait

Kurt Anderson’s DNA Portrait (age 25)
Photo by Julia Lowrie Henderson + Montage by Stefan Sierhej

Clocktower Gallery Show up til end of Feburary!

January 30, 2013

Check out my latest work on Stranger Visions at Clocktower Gallery in lower Manhattan.


It’s open tues-fri noon to 5pm.

Lots of great press for the project in the past week:

Studio 360 radio show
Dan Rather Reports
Boston Globe
The Creators Project

Eyebeam Annual Showcase

January 15, 2013

I am excited to participate in the Eyebeam annual showcase, opening Thursday! They are moving from a twice a year open studios show to a once a year retrospective of the work of residents and fellows from the past year. It is a great group of artists and looks like it will be a fantastic show.

I will be showing the latest developments in my Stranger Visions project, unveiling the first portrait derived from found material as well as a video documenting the process.


I will also be joining Eyebeam fellow Mark Shepard and curator Deborah Fisher from A Blade of Grass in a conversation about art and politics, idealism and ideas of progress on a panel this Saturday.

Eyebeam Annual Showcase
Work of Eyebeam residents and fellows from 2012
Exhibit: Jan 17-26
Opening: This Thursday, Jan 17, 6-8pm
Panels: Saturday 1/19 starting at noon.
Here are all the details of both the show and panels:

Poland Biennial

September 23, 2012

I just came back from the 3rd Mediations Biennial in Poznan Poland, a truly international affair selected by 4 different curators and including 150 artists from all over the world.

WELL it was quite an ordeal installing my collaboration with video installation artist Adriana Varella Unlanguage but in the end we did it, and it looks fantastic. (picture coming soon…) We exhibited in the Zamek – a sort of pretend castle built just 100 years ago and home to Hitler’s cabinet during WWII – an artist actually made a site-specific piece for Hitler’s office that involved freezing a giant sheet of water and ash but appropriately the power went out and the ice melted and ended up destroying the room. A fitting fairwell to Hitler’s office I think although the Biennale staff were not so happy about it! More about the surprisingly interesting zamek on wikipedia.

The piece is something I am thinking of as a kind of finale to the body of work I have been experimenting with the past 9(!) years addressing language in various forms. The works in the series begin with Netlingua, my Bennington undergraduate thesis project and continue to Listening Post, Totem, Jaaga Dhvani and finally Unlanguage.

The piece is interactive. Two computer terminals encourage gallery-goers to enter the first word that comes to their mind. When a new word is entered a poem is generated using these two inputs as seeds. The poem grows and branches showing the permutations and possibilities native to the Bayesian model underpinning the program. Each time a new poem is formed the previous poem begins to mutate and eventually self-destruct and fade away.

Here is a video that gives a sense of what this looks like:

I’m sure that I will continue to work with language ( I have a dissertation to write after all!) but right now I feel ready to move on to a different frame of reference and some new ideas… more on new ideas soon!

A few more pictures

July 30, 2012

Here are some nice pics Dan Phiffer took of my work-in-progress installation in the Eyebeam bookstore.

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