Benjamin Grosser: Less Metrics, More Rando: Art, Software, and the Desire for More

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Go Rando (2017), video still.

Ben Grosser creates interactive experiences, machines, and systems that examine the cultural, social, and political effects of software. Recent exhibition venues include the Barbican Centre in London; Museum Kesselhaus in Berlin; Museu das Comunicações in Lisbon; and Galerie Charlot in Paris. His works have been featured in The New YorkerWired, The AtlanticThe Guardian, The Washington Post, The Telegraph, El PaísLibération, and Der Spiegel. The Chicago Tribune called him the "unrivaled king of ominous gibberish." Slate referred to his work as "creative civil disobedience in the digital age." Grosser’s artworks are regularly cited in books investigating the cultural effects of technology, including The Age of Surveillance CapitalismThe MetainterfaceFacebook Society, and Technologies of Vision, as well as volumes centered on computational art practices such as Electronic LiteratureThe New Aesthetic and Art, and Digital Art. At the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, Grosser is an associate professor of new media and studio art in the School of Art and Design, cofounder of the Critical Technology Studies Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and an affiliate faculty member with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the School of Information Sciences.

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