Ian Alan Paul (b. 1984, US) is an artist-theorist whose work examines enactments of power and practices of resistance in global contexts. Their transdisciplinary practice is formally diverse, often involving coding, photography, writing, and video, and is situated at the intersections of critical theory, contemporary art, and digital media studies. Ian has taught, developed projects, and lived for extended periods in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, and Palestine, and has exhibited their work and given lectures internationally. A longer bio can be found here, and they can be contacted here.

Projects & Writing

Are Prisons Computers? ◦ Text ◦ 2022
// a diagram of the historical relationship between the digital and the carceral

Living and Dying Together, Apart ◦ Text ◦ 2022
// a text theorizing the the convergence of network connections and separations in the pandemic

Controlling the Crisis ◦ Text ◦ 2020
// an essay that examines the cybernetic policing of migrants in the EU

Notes On Ungovernable Life ◦ Text ◦ 2020
// a theorization of life, and its formal incommensurability with governance

Ten Premises For A Pandemic ◦ Text ◦ 2020
// a pandemic isn’t a collection of viruses, but is a social relation among people, mediated by viruses

The Corona Reboot ◦ Text ◦ 2020
// a provisional theorization the new subjectivities in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

Climate, Capitalism, Control ◦ Video Essay ◦ 2019
// a video essay that diagrams planetary-scale computation, commodification, and climate change

Climate, Capitalism, Control (Script) ◦ Text ◦ 2019
// the script of the video essay “Climate, Capitalism, Control”

The Dis/Appeared ◦ Video Essay ◦ 2018
// a video essay that theorizes colonial regimes of perception in Palestine

The Dis/Appeared (Script) ◦ Text ◦ 2018
// the script of the video essay “The Dis/Appeared”

La Orilla Infinita ◦ Photo Essay ◦ 2018
// a photo essay that explores three histories on the Canary Islands

Negative Monument ◦ Poster ◦ 2018
// an open invitation to engage in the participatory negation of a monument

Ten Preliminary Theses on Trump ◦ Text ◦ 2017
// a set of theses diagramming the significance and consequence of Trump’s election

Antisocial Media ◦ Text ◦ 2017
// a remix/cut-up/utopian-plagiarism of Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle”

Conditions of Possibility ◦ Online Documentary ◦ 2016
// an online documentary that theorizes the post-revolution/post-coup period in Egypt

The Guantanamo Bay Museum ◦ Website / Speculative Fiction ◦ 2012-? (Ongoing)
// a critical fiction exploring the legacies of the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities

Texts in Mourning And Action ◦ Electronic Civil Disobedience ◦ 2014
// a networked intervention organized in solidarity with the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico

A Future Memorial for NAFTA ◦ Public Installation ◦ 2014
// an installation at the Mexico-US Border to mark the 20th anniversary of NAFTA

Bird Migration Authority ◦ Website / Speculative Fiction ◦ 2013
// a critical fiction exploring the aesthetic, ethical, and political policing of migration in the EU

Drone Crash Incident ◦ Performance ◦ 2012
// a drone crash simulated on the campus of UC San Diego

Border Haunt ◦ Electronic Civil Disobedience ◦ 2011
// a collective disruption of the networked policing of the Mexico-US Border