Sasha Stiles a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist and AI researcher widely recognized as a pioneer of generative literature and language art. Her award-winning work fuses elements of poetry, art, code, AI, digital humanities and web3 creativity to probe what it means to be human in a nearly posthuman era.
Stiles is author of the “instant techno classic” poetry collection, Technelegy (Black Spring Press Group, 2021), and has been named “perhaps the leading blockchain poet” by Right Click Save, as well as one of the top 10 NFT artists to watch in 2023. Her work is available via many of the world’s top platforms, including fxhash, Quantum, SuperRare, Objkt, Foundation, Nifty Gateway, Artsy, and Infinite Objects. In 2022, she became the first writer to bring AI-powered literature to a major auction house when her poem, “COMPLETION: When it’s just you,” sold at Christie’s. Other honors include a Future Art Award, nominations for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and finalist status for the Christopher Smart Prize and Palette Emerging Poet Prize.
A sought-after thought leader in the arena of blockchain poetics and publishing innovation, Stiles has spoken at events and institutions including Art Basel (Switzerland), the Brooklyn Museum, SXSW, Digilogue Istanbul, Parsons The New School, Binghamton University, the University of Colorado - Boulder, the Ai4 Summit, Miami Art Week, Art Market San Francisco, Consensus, NFT NYC and NFT London, and has exhibited at venues such as Superchief Gallery NYC, SuperRare Gallery, Kunsthalle Zurich, Annka Kultys Gallery, Unit London, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, SCOPE Art Show, Art Cologne, the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, Krasl Art Center, L’Avant Galerie Vossen, the Carousel de Louvre, CADAF Paris, Digital Art Month NYC, New York Fashion Week, the billboards of Shibuya, Tokyo, and virtual Times Square.
As poetry mentor to BINA48 since 2018, Stiles is engaged in shaping the literary mindfile of one of the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots. Her work often incorporates elements of nature, investigating nonhuman intelligence and the ethos of consciousness. Her ongoing experiments with natural language processing posit new modes of human-machine collaboration, challenging what we know about cognition and creativity.
A future-facing polymath whose interests encompass art, literature, philosophy and digital culture, Stiles frequently partners with organizations large and small to provide trends intelligence, creative strategy and unique content.
Stiles is also co-founder of theVERSEverse, an acclaimed crypto literary collective where poems are art, poetry is code, and language is limitless.
A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Stiles lives just outside New York City with her husband and studio partner, Kris Bones.
What does it mean to be human in a nearly posthuman era?
How are the cornerstones of our universal condition — birth, breath, love, sex, faith, identity, death — evolving in the context of biotechnological advances?
How does it feel to be mostly flesh and blood in a world increasingly dominated by plastic and silicon, virtual presence and spectral signals?
What dark corners of the future, of cyberspace and of our selves can ancient wisdom and technospiritualism illuminate?
What does motherhood mean in a world of artificial wombs, lab-grown brains, self-replication, and the uncertain continuation of our species as we know it?
Who are these robots, chatbots, androids, cyborgs and intelligences already walking and talking amongst us? And who are we to them?
What deep-rooted technologies - gender, race, class, stereotype, ignorance, bias, injustice - are we coding into our legacy, and how do we recognize and transcend harmful binaries?
Do our avatars make us immortal? Do we want to be? If we're going to live a long, long time, what should we leave behind - and what do we take with us into the forever?
— Sasha Stiles