I am excited to announce that my collaborative hybrid book (co-authored with Chris Cheney) is forthcoming from Pioneer Works Press. It's being distributed by DAP and you can preorder here. Check it out.
And here's the book's official description:
I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected is a collaborative, hybrid composition by Chris Cheney and Amy Lawless: part essay, part poem and part social media collage. In the composition of this book, the authors cannibalized traditional research methods for a more personalized, technology-based process. Meditating upon Kurt Schwitters’ notion that "the medium is as unimportant as I am myself," they confront historical traumas through the body of real and virtual environments. Establishing online personas on Myspace, Yelp and Twitter, they explore the feelings that attach themselves to these expressions of self, the real sense of desire, connection, affirmation and friendship, as well as possibilities of destruction and loss. The relationship to the mother, a candlepin bowling league and an online Korean roleplaying group are the social environs through which the authors grapple with their own sense of isolation and otherness in the digital age, the blind energy of desire and the strangeness of tears.
My collaborator Chris Cheney and I were awarded a Toggle Fellowship to create art via disruption of web sites through the group neverhitsend. The project is ongoing. Toggle will be publicly released by neverhitsend at the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art from August 14–18, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C. I'm proud to have the art we made--which is digital/multimedia art (mostly text and pictures)-- featured along with the the work of the other Toggle Fellows online and at ISEA. The other fellows are: Anthony McCann, Cassie McQuater, Georgie and Min, Jennifer Moon, Leah Beeferman, Marii, Micol Hebron, Vanessa Sioufi, Woofer Ten, and Zoya Sardashti.