Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

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Visiting Assistant Professor Humanities & Media Studies ldesilva@pratt.edu (718) 636-3790 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

Current Course Listing (2)

19/FA-HMS-101B-12 Literary and Critical Studies for Architecture Students I

19/FA-HMS-291B-24 Intro to Transdisciplinary Writing I Writing I

Personal URL

http://www.theoperatingsystem.org

Behance Portfolio

http://lynne-desilva-johnson.strikingly.com

Education

BA, Sociology-Anthropology / Studio Art, Interpretation Theory Concentration, Swarthmore College. Thesis: "Measure Twice :: A Case for Socio-Spatial Practice." MUP, Master in Urban Design, CCNY School of Architecture. Thesis : "Two if By Sea :: A Water-Based Solution for Sunset Park, Brooklyn." Coursework complete towards PhD, Cultural Anthropology (with American Studies Concentration), The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Biography

About ELÆ: ELÆ, aka Lynne DeSilva-Johnson (they/them) is a nonbinary queer multimodal creator and performer, cultural scholar, and educator. They are the founder and creative director of The Operating System, a radical open source arts organization, online platform, and publisher. Prior to teaching at Pratt, they were an adjunct in the CUNY system for 10 years, as well as a teaching artist for myriad organizations and schools, working in classrooms with K-12 through adult learners. Alongside their work in the education sector, Lynne has worked for two decades to help build programming, curriculum, publications, design, identity, and infrastructure for local nonprofits as well as independent arts and education oriented small businesses. They are an independent curator and host of a wide range of exhibitions, panels, performances, and workshops, collaborating with a wide range of practitioners, organizations and venues. Lynne has recently been a featured guest and workshop leader at the Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pedagogies symposium in Los Angeles; designed and led the “Cartographies of Erasure” public workshop at Occidental University (as part of media scholar Alex Juhasz’s “Hard Truths/Fake News” project); was a featured panelist for: “Complex Narratives: A VIDA Voices and Views Disability Focus Interview,” “Heads in the Cloud: A Consideration of Poetics and Technology,” and “What Section of the Bookstore Does it Go?: The Joys and Challenges of Publishing Hybrid Books” panels at AWP; at the inaugural, disability focused “From Below: Poetry and Social Justice” event at Interference Archive; and for Lambda Literary’s “Queer Women in Writing,” at the NYC Dept of Ed’s Sexuality, Women, and Gender Conference; they lectured on “How to Human: Evolutionary Selfhacking for Traumatizing Times,” at Books are Magic; and developed and led the “Building Interpersonal Infrastructures” Workshop at SOHO20 Gallery, where they later participated in “How to Build a Feminist Pop-Up.” Performances and work have appeared widely, including recent features or projects at the Poetic Research Bureau, Artists Space, Dixon Place, LaMaMa, The Queens Museum, Open Source Gallery, happy lucky gallery, Bowery Arts and Science, The NYC Poetry Festival, Parkside Lounge, Carmine Street Metrics, Eyebeam, Triangle Quarterly, Undercurrent Projects, Mellow Pages, The New York Public Library, Poets Settlement, McNally Jackson, Quimby's, Interference Archives, and more. Lynne is the author of Ground, Blood Atlas, and the Panthalassa Pamphlet "In Memory of Feasible Grace," as well as two forthcoming titles, Sweet and Low, on Lark Books, and the collaborative ekphrastic artists’ book Body Oddy Oddy, with painter Georgia Elrod. They are editor for the forthcoming anthology, In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body, and co-editor of Resist Much/Obey Little: Poems for The Resistance. Recent or forthcoming publication credits include Big Echo, No, Dear, Wave Composition, Matters of Feminist Practice, The Philadelphia Supplement, CDC Poetry Project, Gorgon Poetics, POSTblank, Vintage Magazine, Live Mag, Coldfront, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, and YesPoetry. Lynne’s creative practice marries text, a variety of two and three dimensional visual media (both digital and analog), sound performance, somatics, storytelling, projection and video, book design, conceptual art and installation, often including and/or drawing from research across a range of disciplines. Current projects include: "A PRIORI : Intelligence," a collaborative speculative STEAM experiment, exploring the relationship between AI, ritual traditions, and plant intelligence; a hybrid poetics / research project around evolving system ecologies, the Building Interpersonal Infrastructures / Precarity Bodyhacking / How to Human community workshop series, and a multimedia text-performance project around the somatic manifestations of trauma. They are always still beginning.