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Manouach Ilan

I am a researcher and a multidisciplinary artist with a specific interest in conceptual and post-digital comics. My work claims for the importance of comics as a materially self-reflexive medium, unaffiliated to any general art history. I am currently a PhD researcher at the Aalto University in Helsinki (adv. Craig Dworkin) where I examine how this century’s frontier technologies such as AI, financial technologies and globalized logistics reshape the comics industry. I am mostly known for Shapereader, a system for tactile storytelling specifically designed for blind and partially sighted readers/makers of comics. I am the founder of Applied Memetic an organization that focuses on the instersections of machine learning and creativity and researches the political repercussions of synthetic art by highlighting the urgency for a new media-rich internet literacy. For a fuller documentation on the above projects, the Brussels-based non-profit Echo Chamber is responsible for producing, fundraising, documenting and archiving my work and research on contemporary comics, that has been presented in solo exhibitions to festivals, museums and galleries worldwide. On the side I work as a librarian for shadow libraries Ubuweb and Monoskop, I am an Onassis Digital Fellow, a Kone alumnus and I work as a strategy consultant for the Onassis Foundation and its visibility through its newly funded publishing activity.

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