The Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno
The Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno (2006-2014) offered performances, electronic sensor based interactive confessionals, videos, digital images, a Second Life installation, religious tracts, and texts that returned the hubris of technophilic discourse to the public for examination. I formed this Church while attending conferences on the 'nano bio info cogno convergence,' often sponsored by the Foresight Nanotechnology Institute, where I listened and spoke to a wide range of participants. From military contractors working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to Aubrey De Grey from the Methuselah Foundation, they expounded positivistic rhetorics of world-wide beneficence that erased the violence of this sector. As the Pope, and later the Reverend, and finally the Messiah of this Church, I embodied the a-historical and universalized character that techno discourse repeatedly invokes – a creature without race, class or gender.
Artists who have performed in the Church: Erika Hannes, Anuj Vaidya, Joy Sue Hutchinson, Krystle Ahmadyar, Katie Stanford, Sarlar. Singer at Premiere: Elizabeth August. Best curatorial involvement: Milena Lye and Eben Kirksey. Funnest video shoot: Adam Zaretsky. Most surreal moment: Accosting sinner Donna Haraway while in performance at the Nature/Culture Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Artists who have created music for the Church: Martin Franco, cowrote and created tracks for "We Shall Live Forever" and Tara Rodgers, created tracks for Gothic Processional.
Artists who have helped work on the Arduino electronics and Max/Jitter/PureData software: Ken Gregory, Ben Johnson, Steven Lowell Inness.