Announcing the Recipients of Triple Canopy Commissions for 2013

Triple Canopy is pleased to announce the recipients of our fourth annual round of commissions, initiated with an open call for proposals on December 11, 2012, with a record number of over 400 submissions: Rosa Aiello, Shane Anderson, Bloopers, David Greenspan, Irene Lusztig, Dan Phiffer, Matt Sheridan Smith, Ada Smailbegovic, and Anna Della Subin.

Triple Canopy aims to forge connections between books, manuscripts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, among other forms, and our online publishing practice—charting an expanded field of publication. Over the next year, recipients will work closely with editors toward the creative and technical realization of their projects, which may be published in a variety of formats, ranging from public performance to print pamphlet and beyond, before ultimately appearing in Web-specific form in Triple Canopy's online magazine.

Proposals are reviewed by Triple Canopy year-round via our online submission form. We thank everyone who applied to the call and congratulate this year’s recipients!

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Rosa Aiello is a writer and video artist. For her Triple Canopy commission, Aiello will create a digital piece, “A Deceitful Stick,” an exploration of the limits of humanness as raised by 3-D animation.

Shane Anderson is a Berlin-based poet, translator, and editor. For his Triple Canopy commission, Anderson will translate poet Ulf Stolterfoht’s Ammegespräche, or “Amme Talks,” a linguistic interchange with artist Peter Dittmer’s chatbot installation, Die Amme.

Bloopers comprises New York–based artists and musicians Michael Bell-Smith, Sara Magenheimer, and Ben Vida. For their Triple Canopy commission, Bloopers will hold their debut performance, “Bloopers #0,” in Triple Canopy’s space at 155 Freeman Street.

David Greenspan is a renowned actor and playwright. For his Triple Canopy commission, Greenspan will present “Composition … Master-Pieces … Identity,” a solo performance of three works by Gertrude Stein.

Irene Lusztig is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. For her Triple Canopy commission, Lusztig will mine an extensive archive of 20th-century maternal training and childbirth films to create "The Motherhood Archives," a mediated essay on the medicalization and institutionalization of childbirth and motherhood in America.

Dan Phiffer is a computer programmer and artist interested in hackable, inexpensive computer networks. For his Triple Canopy commission, Phiffer will deploy “,” a peer-to-peer network autonomous of the Internet and designed to facilitate open political discussion.

Matt Sheridan Smith is a Los Angeles-based artist. For his Triple Canopy commission, Sheridan Smith will create “You can't see any such thing,” an interactive fiction work and text-only computer game navigated using basic commands such as “examine,” “take,” “look,” or “go.”

Ada Smailbegovic is a poet and critic. For her Triple Canopy commission, Smailbegovic will compose “Of the Dense and Rare,” an investigation into the poetics of matter based on experimental procedures drawn from Francis Bacon’s 1623 treatise The History of Dense and Rare.

Anna Della Subin is a writer and Bidoun contributing editor. For her Triple Canopy commission, Subin will author an essay, “Not Dead but Sleeping,” on the failed 1935 Cairo production of Tawfiq al-Hakim's The People of the Cave and the possibility of sleeping through revolution.