Sasha Stiles is a poet, artist and creative strategist working at the intersection of text and technology.
Stiles' transmedia practice seeks to decipher the hidden language of the dawning Novacene, fusing elements of poetics, artificial intelligence, coding, translation, concrete poetry, and digital and conceptual art. Recent experiments with advanced natural language processing tools posit new modes of human-machine collaboration, and challenge what we think we know about cognition and creativity.
Her hybrid poetry and artwork has been exhibited, presented and published in the analog world and online; nominated for awards including the Pushcart Prize; and recognized by creative visionaries including Judy Chicago and Stefan Sagmeister. As poetry mentor to Bina48, she is engaged in shaping the literary mindfile of one of the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots.
A future-facing polymath whose interests encompass art, literature, philosophy, identity and digital culture, Stiles also partners with organizations large and small to provide trends intelligence, creative strategy and unique content.
The daughter of a Kalmyk mother and British father, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, and an Oxford M.St in 20th century literature and art history, Stiles lives just outside New York City with her husband and studio partner.
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?