Johannes Heldén: Evolution/Entropy


Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:15–5:30 p.m.
Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, 37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 508

Swedish poet and artist Johannes Heldén's work addresses nature, narrative, entropy, and the future. He will be presenting the Evolution project—an artificial intelligence designed to replace him as writer and musician. Heldén will read live to the AI as it continuously generates new sound and text content. He will also present from a selection of works dealing specifically with digital text and the book as artifact, and do an interdisciplinary performance reading of new material (taken from the forthcoming Astroecology book) to a backdrop of an entropy-themed animation/ soundscape. 
Johannes Heldén is an author, visual artist, and musician. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Evolution and Terraforming (OEI); five digital works, most recently The Factory (Möllebyen Literature), and Evolution Digital (with H. Jonson, premiered at the Centre Pompidou, 2013); three music albums, most recently System (Irrlicht, 2013). Solo exhibitions include: the Media Archaeology Lab in Boulder, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Gothenburg Museum of Art, and Volt in Bergen, Norway, among others. Group exhibitions include Remediating the Social at Inspace, Edinburgh; Against Time at Bonniers Konsthall, NIMK, Amsterdam; and Chercher le texte at Centre Pompidou. Grants and awards: the N. Katherine Hayles award, The Kalleberger Grant, and Hawthornden among others.