Ali Rachel Pearl is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Southern California where she writes and teaches about Los Angeles, the desert, archival practices, race, intersectionality, and digital media. Her prose, book reviews, photos, digital experiments, and other works appear in Hyperrhiz, Hobart, Redivider, DIAGRAM, The New York Times, Pilot Light, and elsewhere. Most of the year she lives and teaches in Los Angeles where she also pursues her obsessions with street art, amateur photography, music, psychogeography, modern & contemporary art, performance, the desert, the desert, the desert, and repetition.
Ali writes about archives and archival methodologies from an intersectional feminist lens. Specifically, she is interested in what gets archived, how, and by whom. She is concerned with the ways in which traditional memory institutions perpetuate racism, sexism, and exclusion, and explores alternative archives and methodological approaches to documenting art, particularly ephemeral art that resists the archival impulse.
Ali is also interested in exploring how digital media can disrupt power structures, how street art can intervene in city spaces, how objects and performances translate across the digital/analog divide (or linger in that divide), and how digital manipulations, inventions, and interventions can alter both received narratives and narratives we produce in creative and academic arenas. She can’t seem to figure out a way to differentiate between her academic bio and her creative writing/artist bio but she doesn’t believe in those kinds of distinctions anyway.