Sasha Stiles is a first-generation
Kalmyk-American poet, artist and
AI researcher probing the intersection
of text and technology.
Her cross-media work -- which has been honored in the Future Art Awards, nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, Miami Art Week, SXSW, New York Fashion Week and Virtual Times Square, and published as NFTs -- seeks to decipher the hidden language of the dawning Novacene, fusing elements of semiotics, translation, computer science, speculative design, visual poetry and conceptual art.
Stiles' binary-based series, such as Cursive Binary, challenge reductive thinking, merging biological and mechanical, analog and digital, historical and modern to explore transhuman communication and transcendent possibility. She often incorporates elements of nature, investigating nonhuman intelligence and the ethos of consciousness.
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 ongoing experiments with natural language processing tools posit new modes of human-machine collaboration, and challenge what we think we know about cognition and creativity.
Stiles' hybrid poetry and artwork has been widely exhibited in both analog and virtual realms and recognized by creative visionaries from Ray Kurzweil to Judy Chicago. She has been invited to speak at TED, SXSW, Miami Art Week & Art Basel, Parsons The New School, NFT.NYC, the Ai4 Summit, Binghamton University Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, and elsewhere.
Stiles is also co-founder of theVERSEverse, an acclaimed crypto literary collective where poems are art, poetry is technology, and language is limitless.
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.
A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, 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?