Janani Balasubramanian is a writer of speculative fiction whose art and editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, Guernica, Creative Time Reports, and more. Balasubramanian’s work has been presented at more than 160 stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Balasubramanian is currently working on Sleeper (a dystopian trilogy about sleep, dreams, and physics) and Heisenberg (an audio game of uncertainty and chaos, premiering July 2017 at the High Line).
Debuting in conjunction with the listening party, the public is invited to participate by way of audio headsets (and in groups ranging from 6-20 people) in Balasubramanian’s “iOS-A-Poem,” an audio installation and contemporary response to Giorno’s iconic 1968 work “Dial-A-Poem.” The piece examines how communication and technology have transformed between then and now, and how our relationships to one another have altered as a result. It poses two fundamental questions:
1) Is our communications technology augmenting or diminishing us?
2) How do we value information and art differently when they are so/too readily available?
In association with Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno