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I’m that angel
Book and performance
Edition of 500

I’m that angel is a cycle of writings and performances that explore the conditions of how we work on and against the computer, narrated from the perspective of a “content farmer”: an emergent type of online journalist contracted to generate articles based on words peaking in Google Trends. 

The project addresses the master narratives of technological and socioeconomic progress that have naturalized Web 2.0’s platforms, as well as the constituents of the digital public that figure into ongoing discussions about the relationship between sincerity and authenticity; realism and reality; the diaristic and the literary; and the author and the individual who takes on, and produces under, that title.

Nodding to the defamiliarization strategies of Russian formalists like Viktor Shklovskii, I’m that angel takes shape as a stony stone, a cut in the stream—a book.  Its format shores up the paraliterary, confessional, and epistolary precedents for our virtual vernaculars.  Designed by Eric Nylund, the text concretizes found quotes, trending language, anecdotes, notes and rants; call it inattentionality as method.

If the book sustains a material limit that belies the diffuse shape of the cloud, then its readings attempt similar concretions, where possible, by having reader and audience occupy the sites that compose the physical form of the Internet.  On other occasions, readings pair with documentation shot on server floors, thus temporarily constructing the data center within the art institution.  Each scenario discloses securitized spaces in which reader and audience already reside, for we encounter the material doubles of our virtual subjectivities as data stored in server form.

Rather than concede to the seeming intractability of cognitive capitalism, these readings seek to potentiate new critical operations through shared access, listening and discussion.  Across its parts, I’m that angel argues for a renewed consideration of the immanent horizons of subjectivity, sociability and creativity.  

Watch an excerpt


"My Life in the Cloud," Motherboard


Pro QM, Berlin
Archive Kabinett, Berlin
castillo/corrales, Paris
Yvon Lambert, Paris

Printed Matter, New York
McNally Jackson, New York
Blonde Art Books, New York
The New Museum, New York
South London Gallery
Or Gallery, Vancouver
READ Books, Vancouver
Western Front, Vancouver
Art Metropole, Toronto
WIELS, Brussels
San Serriffe, Amsterdam
Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam
Kunsthalle Basel
Grazer Kunstverein
Beck Books, Zürich
Torpedo, Oslo
Family, Los Angeles
Otherwild, Los Angeles
Press Works on Paper, SF
David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
La Jícara, Oaxaca

MoMA Library
Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Pompidou
Walker Art Center Library
Bibliotheek, Witte de With
Bibliotheek, Spring Workshop
CAC Vilnius
Banff Library
e-flux Reading Room

                  Justin Sayre performing at the Google Building, New York
Readings: 11-13, 18-19 February 2013
New server floor in the Google Building, New York
Readings: 11-13, 18-19 February 2013
Bahnhof, Stockholm
Reading: May 27, 2013

e-shelter, Berlin
Readings: June 17-18, 2013

EasyStreet, Beaverton, Oregon
Readings: January 17-18, 2014
EvoSwitch, Haarlem
Readings: June 6-7, 2013