American AI Hustle: Robots Have Feelings, Too. (Seminar)
American AI Hustle: Robots Have Feelings, Too.
with Chia-Lun Chang and Asiya Wadud
A one-day workshop held at the UDP studio at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
12pm to 3pm
This seminar explores the tenderness of robots and their capacity to help us dream about the future. How can robots help us a reach for a different kind of vulnerability and how can the robot’s desire for a softer future help us envision our own? In this workshop, we will create poems from the vantage of robots, robots that can ask (and potentially answer) the questions we wouldn’t dare ask. Robots don’t know our rules, they don’t understand our mores. We will use simple text-to-speech software to create our robots, and you’ll have the chance to construct a basic identity for your creation. Maybe our robots will even interact with one another.
Readings include Audre Lorde’s "Uses of the Erotic," Georges Perec’s "An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris," poems from Xu Lizhi, and Saretta Morgan’s feeling upon arrival.
Writers, poets, visual artists, sculptors, and those that love technology are encouraged to participate.
Chia-Lun Chang is the author of One Day We Become Whites (ND/SA, 2016), recent work appears in LARB, Bettering American Poetry Volume 2, PEN America, Hyperallergic, Literary Hub, Vinyl, 6x6 and Ocean State Review. She has received fellowships and support from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Tofte Lake Center, Fine Arts Work Center and Poets House. Via IntelliPro, Chang currently works for Google as a creative writer. Born and raised in New Taipei City, Taiwan, she lives in New York City where she is a chapbook editor at No, Dear Magazine.
*** Photo Credit: Chia-Lun Chang's photo is by Yinuo Wang
Asiya Wadud’s debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, was recently published by Nightboat Books and she has subsequent collections forthcoming in 2019 (Syncope, UDP) and 2020 (No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body, Nightboat). Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. Recent work can be found in Makhzin, Chicago Review, Best American Experimental Writing, and Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library.