Ben Grosser - Biography
Ben Grosser creates interactive experiences, machines, and systems that examine the cultural, social, and political effects of software. Recent exhibitions include Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Barbican Centre and Somerset House in London, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, SXSW in Austin, and the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo. His projects have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, El País, and Folha. The Guardian (UK) proclaimed Grosser’s film ORDER OF MAGNITUDE to be a definitive artwork of the 21st century, “a mesmerising monologue, the story of our times.” RTÉ (Ireland) dubbed him an “antipreneur,” and Slate commended his work as “creative civil disobedience in the digital age.”
His artworks are regularly cited in books investigating the cultural effects of technology, including The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, The Metainterface, and Investigative Aesthetics, as well as volumes centered on computational art practices such as Electronic Literature, The New Aesthetic and Art, and Digital Art. Grosser is Professor of New Media at the University of Illinois and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
The Department of Visual & Media Arts is honored to host artists Ben Grosser & Lauren Lee McCarthy for the Visual Art portion of Arts Celebration! From custom made apps to global social media platforms, artists Ben Grosser and Lauren Lee McCarthy's artworks examine, reveal, and reimagine the psychological and felt implications of technology in contemporary culture. Feeling Technology is a two-day series of events featuring these artists, and includes several different sessions for attendees during the daytime and evening on September 27th and September 28th, 2023.