CCSSSR-Morse Code "What Hath God Wrought?"

As part of Gabrielle Rucker's Event Programming for July at Picture Room, What Hath God Wrought: CCSSSR discusses art, technology and the history of Morse code with Lai Yi Ohlsen, Gabrielle Rucker and Emily Shanahan

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the United States' final commercial Morse code transmission, “what hath god wrought?”(July 12, 1999), The Collaborative Center for Storm, Space and Seismic Research (Justin Chance, Hunter Foster) present a conversation with Lai Yi Ohlsen , Gabrielle Rucker and Emily Shanahan exploring intersections between communication, broadcast technologies, movement, performance and history, both culturally and in their own practices. All donations will go to support the Collaborative Center.

The Collaborative Center for Storm, Space and Seismic Research (CCSSSR) is an explorative platform dedicated to facilitating exhibitions, publications and projects across disciplines geared towards environmental/ecological concerns. As part of it's model, the Center produces a calendar showcasing a different artist project each month. Every year 25% of proceeds are donated to a charity. For 2019, proceeds will be given to WE ACT (West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.) whose mission is to empower and organize low-income, people of color to build healthy communities for all. Their upcoming publication 2020 (Subtitle to come), will be available later this fall. For more information about the Center, its programming and/or mission please visit For more information about WE ACT please visit

Justin Chance is an artist, writer and co-founder of the Collaborative Center for Storm, Space & Seismic Research based in New York, NY.

Hunter Foster is an artist, conservator and co-founder of the Collaborative Center for Storm, Space & Seismic Research currently based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lai Yi Ohlsen is an artist and tech worker operating at the intersection of media and movement. She works to promote open data and advance Internet research and policy as Director at Measurement Lab. Previously, she worked to defend and promote human rights online with eQualitie. Currently she is a 2019-2021 Artist in Residence at Movement Research and her work has been shown at MR’s Fall Festival, New York Art Book Fair and the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit. Lai Yi has been supported by Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, rehearsal Residency, Pioneer Works and Peer-to-Peer NYC. She is the author of ‘100 Scores: movement inspired by computers' and tends to her creative practice at Soft Surplus, a collective warehouse space in Brooklyn. Her current research interests include the proliferation of movement through crappily compressed images, the resistance of automated ‘best practice’ bodies, and how analog forms move in resistance against digital power.

Emily Shanahan received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013 and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2018. Working primarily in video and mixed media, her work has been exhibited in Norway, Germany, Singapore, Canada, and the United States. She was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010 and participated in the 2016 New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas. Her first artist book,The Tick vs. the Hum was published by Golden Spike Press and is held in the Whitney Museum Library Collection. Her forthcoming artist book, Work Life Harmony will be published by Sming Sming Books this fall. She is the recipient of a 2019 Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant and was awarded a summer fellowship from the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France. Born in Montréal, Québec, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jul 13th 2019