Ian Alan Paul (b. 1984) is a transdisciplinary artist and theorist whose work examines instantiations of power and practices of resistance in global contexts. His projects are formally diverse, often making use of text, photography, video, and code, and are informed by critical theory and continental philosophy. Presently, he is exploring the planetary entanglement of control, climate change, and capitalism in an experimental documentary and is co-editing an anthology of essays and artworks that explores the consolidation the so-called European Migrant “Crisis” as an object of political contention, affective investment, and legal and legislative maneuver.
Over the course of his life, Ian has lived, taught, and worked for extended periods in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Egypt, and Palestine. He received a PhD in Film and Digital Media Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 as well as a hybrid MFA/MA from SFAI in 2011. Ian is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and is Assistant Professor of Emerging Media in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University. He has exhibited, given lectures and workshops, and been published internationally.
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Research Interests: Control Societies, The Cybernetic Hypothesis,
Surveillance, Climate Change, Migration, Destituent Power,
Contemporary Anarchist and Communist Thought.