Performing Drone Pilot v0.2 at Judson Memorial Church (NYC), 3/29/15. Photo by NYPAC

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Ian Hatcher is a text/sound/code artist, author of Prosthesis (Poor Claudia 2016), and developer of the poetry app Abra, a collaboration with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin. His code-inflected vocal performances have been presented widely in the United States and Europe. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Aug 22-28: Runokuu Festival - Helsinki, Finland - info
Aug 12: Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop - BK NY - info
Jul 23: Wordhack Biennial [lightning round], Babycastles - NY NY - info
Jul 17: Bushwick Art Book Fair, SIGNAL - BK NY - info
Jul 8: Sounds of Silicon Valley, e-flux - NY NY - info
Jun 17: Ada's Technical Books - Seattle WA - info
Jun 15: Spare Room, Passages Bookshop - Portland OR - info
Jun 12: ELO 2016 - Victoria BC - info
Jun 8: SPACE Gallery - Portland ME - info
May 21: ISEA 2016 - Hong Kong, China - info

[ Past events ]



Apr 30: no//thing but noise - Brooklyn NY - info
Apr 28: Poor Claudia book launch, Babycastles - New York NY - info
Apr 23: Abra launch, Printed Matter - New York NY - info
Apr 20: Montévidéo - Marseille, France - info
Apr 17: housevenT - Geneva, Switzerland - info
Apr 13: 101 Festival - St Petersburg, Russia - info
Apr 7: Lettrétage - Berlin, Germany - info
Apr 4: Krakatoa (Mladý pes), Goethe Institut - Bratislava, Slovakia - info
Apr 1: RADIO, Fondation Louis Vuitton - Paris, France - info
Mar 13: Barrelhouse reading - Washington DC - info
Mar 12: Ottobar, Federal Dust - Baltimore MD - info
Mar 11, Giovanni's Room - Philadelphia PA - info
Mar 4: BGSQD (for Dream Closet), New York NY - info
Feb 19: Babycastles, New York NY - info
Feb 14-15: cOsmOsmOse Festival, Düsseldorf, Germany - info
Feb 6: Upload: Patterns of the Mind, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY - info


Nov 10: Int'l Festival of Text-Sound Poetry, ISSUE / Wendy's Subway, BK NY - info
Oct 29: Writing-in-Threads (F. Capone) launch, Printed Matter, NY NY - info
Oct 16: In Visible Architectures, Artists Space Books & Talks, NY NY - info
Aug 22: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition reading, 481 Van Brunt St, BK NY
Jul 23: Vermillion Art Gallery, Seattle WA
Jun 18: Triptych reading, Babycastles, New York NY - info
May 15: Publication Studio Hudson, 460 Main St, Catskill NY - info
Apr 26: Tim Atticus Open Studio, 90 E 3rd St, NY NY - info
Apr 25: Inpatient Press reading, Mellow Pages, 56 Bogart St, BK NY - info
Apr 11: Insert Blanc / Les Figues / Wonder, Acadia Pub, Minneapolis MN - info
Apr 10: Anomalous / Argos / Circumference, Gamut Gallery, Minn MN - info
Apr 9: Poor Claudia reading, Chateau LaSalle, Minneapolis MN - info
Mar 29: User Agent (Rachel Valinsky / NYPAC), Judson Church, NY NY - info
Mar 28: &NOW 2015 panel, CalArts, Los Angeles CA - info
Mar 19: WordHack reading with Stephanie Strickland, Babycastles, NY NY- info
Mar 14: Interrupt III, Brown University, Providence RI
Feb 7: Segue Foundation reading, Zinc Bar, NY NY
Feb 3: Rat Court, KGB Bar, NY NY


Dec 19: Poor Claudia reading, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR
Nov 21: Ekphrazein III: The Door Archetype, Jung Institute, New York NY
Nov 20: WordHack V, Babycastles, New York NY
Oct 19: Lungfull reading, Zinc Bar, New York NY
Oct 18: Cross-Dissolve, Knockdown Center, Queens NY
Oct 12: [Dis]embodied Poetics Conference, Naropa U, Boulder CO
Oct 4: Oblique Archive (F. Capone) opening, Peninsula Art Space, BK NY
Jun 26: Tim Atticus opening, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York NY
Jun 21: Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee WI
Jun 18-21: ELO "Hold the Light" conference, Milwaukee WI
May 31: Videoganger (w Ian McAlpin), Moran Power Plant, Burlington VT
Apr 16: Telepresent CAVE reading, Anthology IV, Brown University, Providence RI
Mar 30: Music show with Chris Riffle, The Scratcher, New York NY
Mar 29: Yes! reading, Albany Center Gallery, Albany NY
Mar 14: CLOCK 4 release party, Wendy's Subway, Brooklyn NY
Mar 8: Wild Combination reading, 68 University Ave, Providence RI
Feb 27: "New Media Beyond the Book" panel, AWP, Seattle WA
Feb 27: An Evening of Electronic Literature, Ada's Technical Books, Seattle WA
Feb 17: Music show with Chris Riffle, The Cake Shop, New York NY
Jan 26: "The Making of Americans" marathon, Triple Canopy, Brooklyn NY
Jan 24-25: "Fixate" w the Moving Architects, Green Space, Long Island City NY


Nov 8-10: "Fixate" w the MAs, Art House Productions, Jersey City NJ
Nov 2: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, New York NY
Oct 11: Unnameable Books, Brooklyn NY
Sep 24: Chercher le texte, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
Sep 18: "Body Text" w Catherine Siller, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
Sep 17: "Fixate" w the Moving Architects, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
Sep 15: "Fixate" w the Moving Architects, Touch Theory, Peridance, New York NY
Sep 13: Burning Bridges (for the Claudius App), n+1, Brooklyn NY
Sep 6: Jason Huff opening, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT
Jun 17-20: E-Poetry Festival, Watermans Art Centre, London, UK
May 10: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, New York NY
May 4: Shitluck VII, Tip Top Bar, Brooklyn NY
Apr 13: The Book That Was To Come, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
Mar 25: An Evening with the ELO, The Kitchen, New York NY
Mar 9: Mental Marginalia series, Club Cafe, Boston MA
Mar 8: LIT Journal reading, MIT, Boston MA
Feb 7-9: "Two Worlds" w the Moving Architects, BalletMet, Columbus OH


Dec 26: Music show with Chris Riffle, The Triple Door, Seattle WA
Nov 16-17: "Body Text" w Catherine Siller, The Brick, Brooklyn NY
Oct 13: Pixilerations v.9, Granoff Center, Brown University, Providence RI
Sep 8: Totem IV, Cantina Royale, Brooklyn NY
Jun 20-23: ELO 2012, Morgantown WV
May 2-6: Ultra-red's What is the sound of freedom?, Whitney Biennial, NY NY
May 5: ITINERANT, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island NY
Apr 28: ITINERANT, Floor4Art, New York NY
Apr 19-21: Network Archaeology, Miami University, Oxford OH
Feb 10-12: Interrupt II, Brown University, Providence RI
Feb 3-4: Language to Cover a Wall, Electronic Poetry Center, Buffalo NY
Jan 7: "PLUCK" w the Moving Architects, Dance New Amsterdam, New York NY

  • Prosthesis

    Poetry collection
    Poor Claudia, March 2016

    "Flooded with voices not its own, with flows of information and code both seductive and alienating, the multitudinous "I" speaking from within Prosthesis addresses us tenderly, beseechingly, grappling with felt loss, with immersive gain, both of which overwhelm as wave after wave of irreversible feedback expand the entrapping and enabling network, itself a prosthesis for us all." —Stephanie Strickland

    [ Read excerpt / order a copy ]
    [ Listen to readings from Prosthesis ]

  • The All-New

    Poetry chapbook
    Anomalous Press, April 2015

    "A data crunch of our most present and cruelly lived experiences, those that press ever closer into each of our respective and inescapable purviews—it's terrifying. But The All-New is not without avenues of transcendence. Hatcher chips away at this commodity fetishist's dreamland and disabuses it of content's trustworthiness. When value and trust fall as forms, and not in them, the data begins to dream as well." —Ted Dodson

    [ Order a copy ]
    [ Listen to an excerpt ]

  • Abra (with Amaranth Borsuk & Kate Durbin)

    Artist's book
    Center for Book and Paper Arts, 2015

    Limited-edition letterpressed artist's book, created in parallel with the Abra app and designed in collaboration with the CBPA. Features custom laser cuts, foil-stamping, thermochromic ink, and a slot in the back of the book for a conjoining iPad. More info, photos, and details on purchasing:

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  • Abra: A Living Text
    (with Amaranth Borsuk & Kate Durbin)

    Abra is an interactive poem, language toy, poetry instrument, and spellbook. The app morphs its own text over time and learns new words from its reader.

    The app was released in parallel with a limited-edition letterpressed artist's book, featuring thermochromic ink, laser-cut pages, and a slot in the back for a conjoining iPad.
    More info:

    Available free for iPhone and iPad.

    [ App Store ]

  • Vniverse
    (with Stephanie Strickland)

    Vniverse is a poetry instrument in the form of a field of stars. Readers can draw constellations of words, follow tercets aligned with patterns in the sky, and consult an enigmatic Oracle.

    This app accompanies and complements a new edition of Stephanie Strickland's book, V: WaveTercets / Losing L'una (SpringGun 2014).
    More info:

    Available free for iPad.

    [ App Store ]


[ << back ]


Dust Farm Work Song
Living in the Future

Catalysis, Fittings, de Musset’s Signal Box
Devouring the Green, Jaded Ibis Press

From The All-New
The Poetry Project Newsletter

Chromatic Lensflare, Discrete Planning
Incident Codex, Inpatient Press

Pyramid, Not Not
CLOCK 4, O'Clock Press

Safe Word, Attachments, Circuits, i++
LIT 23

Gene Study
Indefinite Space 2012


A Tag, Not a Folder
Electronic Book Review

Anomalous 11

Twelve Panes, iceTime
e·ratio 15

Flock Behaviors
Anomalous 3

In the Air
The New Yinzer S09

Null Method
Counterpath Online 3


An arc of work concerned with telepresence and systemic violence. This clip is from a performance titled Drone Pilot v0.2, curated by Rachel Valinsky for NYPAC, 3/29/15 at Judson Memorial Church, NY.


Prosthesis is a suite of text/sound/media poems addressing identity, artificiality, feedback loops, and the self as multiplicity. The project has been adapted into a full-length audio/print book, available from Poor Claudia.


This improvisational performance of a live-self interrogated by a video-self controlled by a puppet-master-self — all named Ian — grapples with questions of power, abstraction, identity, and horses. It was performed with Ian McAlpin at Pathways Past/Present, an exhibition at the Moran Power Plant in Burlington VT, curated by Catherine Siller.

This video, by Nathan Swanson & Gregory Mahoney, is documentation of the entire Pathways event; Videogänger footage begins at 21:00.


A series of live performances with Catherine Siller involving motion-tracking hardware and live vocal processing. This video is an excerpt from a show at the Brick Theater, Brooklyn.


An algorithmically composed remix of Beckett's How It Is.
Performed with (and conceptualized by) John Cayley, video by Peter Bussigel.


A duet with Asimina Chremos, with text adapted from Susan Howe's The Midnight.

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Performing Drone Pilot v0.2 at Judson Memorial Church (NYC), 3/29/15. Photo by NYPAC