ARS POETICA CYBERNETICA
BY SASHA STILES
ArtYard is pleased to present, Ars Poetica Cybernetica, an exhibition of works and studies by Sasha Stiles from her ongoing exploration of A.I. poetics. Displayed here for the first time, these pieces are inspired by Stiles’ literary mentorship of the humanoid robot Bina48 (in partnership with the Terasem Movement Foundation and Hanson Robotics) and investigate how artificial intelligence may — with the right inputs, ethical considerations, and applications — turbocharge cognition and creativity. Stiles’ work reflects years of research on such topics as transhumanism, digital immortality, cybernetic communication, machine learning and the future of humanity.
Sasha Stiles is a Pushcart-nominated poet, artist and innovation strategist working at the intersection of analog nostalgia and transhumanism. Her ongoing exploration of AI poetics is expressed in hybrid works that fuse elements of ancient and contemporary verse, translation, algorithm, computer code, concrete poetry, digital imagery and conceptual art, seeking to decipher the hidden language of the dawning Novacene era. As poetry mentor to Bina48, Stiles is engaged in shaping the literary mindfile of one of the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots. Her poems — which have appeared in The Common, Rattle, Copper Nickel, Meridian and elsewhere — consider what it means to be human in a nearly posthuman era, while recent work using advanced AI tools has yielded provocative texts that embody a new mode of human- AI collaboration, challenging the reader to empathize with a machine on the brink of sentience. The daughter of a Kalmyk mother and British father, and a graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Stiles currently lives in Jersey City, NJ, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and studio partner. Her collection TechnELEGY is forthcoming, and a manual on AI poetics (Ars Poetica Cybernetica) is in development.