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Annie Dorsen

Diversities in Practice


Annie Dorsen

Join us as Annie Dorsen shares aspects of her practice making performances and installations that dramatize the complex interface between humans and machines in this virtual Diversities in Practice program.

Dorsen calls her work “algorithmic theater,” in which computer procedures generate texts and other theatrical elements in real time at each presentation. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, cultural theory, information science, and AI, her projects question the long-held assumptions of the theatrical form in order to envision its future. Dorsen highlights past and current works, and will share some of the text for her upcoming project, made with the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3). 

This event will be made available on this page for future viewing. 

Don't miss Dorsen's work in action February 3–5 when Yesterday Tomorrow is presented in our Performance Space. Please note: this performance has been postponed.

More about the series

Diversities in Practice is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative. This series includes talks and moderated discussions featuring a range of artists, thinkers, and practitioners engaged in compelling and critical work, centering projects ​that examine, shape, and push both material and ideological boundaries. These presentations will be available online throughout the year.

About the Artist

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Annie Dorsen is a director and writer whose works explore the intersection of algorithmic art and live performance. Her most recent project, Infinite Sun, is an algorithmic sound installation commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial 14. Previous performance projects, including The Great Outdoors (2017), Yesterday Tomorrow (2015), A Piece of Work (2013) and Hello Hi There (2010), have been widely presented in the US and internationally. The script for A Piece of Work was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and she has contributed essays for The Drama Review, Theatre Magazine, Etcetera, Frakcija, and Performing Arts Journal (PAJ). She is the cocreator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange which she also directed. Dorsen has received a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2018 Spalding Gray Award, a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists Award, and the 2014 Herb Alpert Award for the Arts in Theatre.  

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, Living Culture Initiative. 

American Electric Power Foundation

Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
State Farm
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Karen Bell and Ben Maiden
Barb and Al Siemer
Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

Mike and Paige Crane
Pete Scantland
Axium Packaging
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Jones Day

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