Jay Murphy is a writer and independent curator currently in New Orleans. He has contributed to CTheory,Parallax, Culture Machine, Frieze, MAP, Afterimage, Parkett, Art in America, Metropolis, Third Text, among other publications, and his essays have appeared in The Progressive, In These Times, and other forums. He edited the alternative journal Red Bass and the book anthology For Palestine (1993). He was thrice a finalist for Sundance Screenwriting Labs and his collaborative Internet projects have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, 2011 and 2009 he organised exhibitions and programmes of film and moving image work from the Middle East and North Africa for venues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, and in 2008 gallery exhibitions in New York and Edinburgh. He is currently working on studies of Antonin Artaud (having completed a doctorate on “Artaud’s Metamorphosis” in 2011) and a creative nonfiction web project on the Middle East called Baraya.