Gender, Bodies and Machines: Susan Steinberg and Heidi Kumao

Writing as sculpture, installation as story, language as architecture…visual art and literature converge in this conversation with two intriguing artists who met while in residence at Yaddo.

In partnership with The Center for Fiction, Yaddo presents “Gender, Bodies and Machines: Susan Steinberg and Heidi Kumao,” an exploration of thematic and formal connections across boundaries and disciplines. We hope you’ll join us Thursday, October 24 for this very special evening, the first of our collaborative series with The Center for Fiction at their new location in Brooklyn. Your $10 tickets double as a bookstore voucher!

Susan Steinberg is the author of the novel Machine, and the story collections Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. She teaches at the University of San Francisco. “[Steinberg’s] prose is urgent and fluid, propelled by grammatical tension that transforms any odd pair of clauses into a flint and a stone—sometimes they grind together in subtle variation, and sometimes they spark into something new. The reader, unsure of which result to expect, is driven to attend to each word as if it might suddenly catch on fire.”The Nation

Generating spectacle through the intersection of cinema, sculpture, theater and technology, Heidi Kumao reframes ordinary gestures to explore their psychological underside. Her hybrid art forms include a game interface that empowers users to hack live CNN broadcasts, provocative electronic clothing, electromechanical girl’s legs that “misbehave,” animations, and narrative video sculptures. Kumao has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues such as the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Arizona State University Art Museum and Center for the Arts; and Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, among other venues. Her film, “Swallowed Whole,” received awards for “Best Experimental Film” at the Humboldt International Film Festival, and the Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival.