SPD is proud to congratulate writer & theater artist Annie Dorsen on her 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship!

The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential. Dorsen was awarded the fellowship for pioneering a new genre of theater that dramatizes the ways in which nonhuman intelligence is profoundly changing the nature of work, culture, and social relationships.

A Piece of Work
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017)
By Annie Dorsen

Mixing live performance with algorithms and interfaces, A PIECE OF WORK is the second project in Annie Dorsen's "algorithmic theater" series. A digital Hamlet for a post-humanist age, A PIECE OF WORK deploys a set of ingeniously designed computer algorithms to generate real-time adaptations of Shakespeare's original play. New scenes, songs, scores and visuals emerge from an intricate web of technology. With an introduction by Dorsen, and screen-shots of the system as it runs, this book elaborates both the technological and the poetic procedures of algorithmic theater.

Read a 2016 interview with Annie Dorsen at BOMB magazine here.

Read more about Annie Dorsen's work here, and the other 2019 MacArthur Fellows here.

Congratulations to all the 2019 fellows!

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