Grayson Earle

Field of Practice:

Thematic Focus


Solitude fellowship

City, Country:

New York, USA


2020, 2021


Oct 2020 - June 2021

Born in California/USA in 1987.

Grayson Earle is a new media artist based in Brooklyn, New York/USA. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine/USA in 2009 with a BA in film and media studies before relocating to New York, where he received an MFA in integrated media arts at Hunter College in 2013. Since then, Earle has worked as a professor at Hunter College, Oberlin College in Oberlin/Ohio, and The New School, New York. In 2019, Earle was an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works in New York City.

His project »Bail Bloc« (2017), a distributed software project using the latent computing power of a laptop or desktop computer to mine cryptocurrency, redistributing the rewards as US dollars to bail low-income people out of jail in New York City, reached wide audiences. It was presented at MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, at the Kate Vass Galerie in Zurich/Switzerland and at Radical Networks in Berlin/Germany. Earle was awarded the 2018 Ethereal Arts grant for »Bail Bloc«, which came with a $5,000 USD prize and an exhibition at the Knockdown Center in New York City. His experimental game WURM: Escape from a Dying Star won the Jury Selection Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo in 2016.

Earle is a member of The Illuminator, an art collective based in New York City that grew out of Occupy Wall Street. The group has staged hundreds of guerrilla video projections in The United States, Canada, Europe, and South America.