My writing and research practice engages with concepts of speculative futures, non-anthropocentric ontologies, post-humanism and non-human perception, animism, and the Anthropocene. I often explore these concepts through art theory and criticism because I view art and design as practices capable of radical imagining, providing opportunities to reflect on new ideas and configurations.

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Notes from No Place

For Journal des Laboratoires, Fall 2017
Les Laboratories d’Aubervillers, Paris

In the Summer of 2017 I was asked to participate as the writer in residence for a project called The Ark organized by the artist Grace Ndiritu at Les Laboratories d’Aubervillers, Paris. 

The Ark aimed to focus on developing the role of artwork in relation to science, spirituality and politics, in order to provide a platform for thinking about the contemporary global crisis and how to imagine a future beyond our current horizons. As the writer in residence, I kept a daily log of my experience during the project, which is composed here alongside paintings by fellow participant Rebecca Farr. After having been approved for publishing by the curator and editorial staff, the publication was withdrawn by the artist. This text incorporates correspondence surrounding the publication as a further way of investigating and representing the project. 

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Model Home: A Comedy in Nine Acts

Self published, Summer 2017
On the occasion of the exhibition Model Home at Roman Susan, Chicago, IL

This publication investigates the practice of staging “model” or “show” homes as a method for constructing representations of an idealized (white) middle and upper classes. The essay mines personal narrative, pop culture, lifestyle and news articles surrounding the subject of model homes in order to tell a story about mess, debt, and longing to be part of the middle class. 

This text was printed as part of an artists’ book using 12 pages color laser on cardstock (not shown) and 40 pages green and blue risograph on insulation pink and grout grey paper.  

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12 Books, 1 Long Zoom: Thoughts on the “Still Generation” and the History of Artists’ Books

The PhotoBook Review No. 12, Spring 2017
Published by Aperture Foundation

This essay traces the intersections between artists’ books and the moving-image through movements such as structuralism and replay culture, to what has been termed the “still generation” of image dispersal through social media. Artists discussed include: Marcel Broodthaers, Michael Snow, John Baldessari, Kim Soo-ja, Pipilotti Rist, Yoko Ono, Shezad Dawood, Daria Martin, Uriel Orlow, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, and Ian Cheng. 

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Holding Up the Sky: Art-science Approaches to an Aero-dialogue 

Kunstlicht Journal Vol. 37, 2016  No. 3/4 Translation as Method
Published by University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

This essay analyses the work of artists who translate the sky in order to transform our perceptions of the atmosphere, air pollution, and climate change into a more open and embodied mode of understanding. Artists discussed include Karolina Sobecka, Pinar Yoldas, and the Center for Genomic Gastronomy, all of whose practices combine research, design, and material exploration. 

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Future Reliquaries / Outposts featured in the The 3D Additivist Cookbook 

published by The Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, Netherlands (December 2016)

The 3D Additivist Cookbook, devised and edited by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, is a compendium of imaginative, provocative works from over 100 world-leading artists, activists and theorists. The 3D Additivist Cookbook contains 3D .obj and .stl files, critical texts, templates, recipes, (im)practical designs and methodologies for living in this most contradictory of times.

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Ethics, Ecology, and the Future: Art and Design Face the Anthropocene

featured on MU TXT for the program Weather or Not at MU Art Space, Eindhoven, Netherlands (September 2015)

Weather or Not: MU plays outside for a year

A program filled with discussions, workshops, debates, experiments and idea exchange between climate experts, creatives and the audience. Weather or Not’s goal is to to make climate change tangible in a playful manner and to let the audience be weather forecasters of their own uncertain future. 

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Writing Down Whatever Comes to Mind: Thoughts on "at least i tried" by Rafaël Rozendaal

Published by The Stolbun Collection on the occasion of the exhibition "at least i tried" at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman Library Special Collections (September 2015). Five writers were commissioned to write essays in response to five haiku wall paintings by Rafaël Rozendaal. Read the essays by clicking on the haiku text on the website. 

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Ethics, Ecology, and the Future: Art and Design Face the Anthropocene

Leonardo Journal Vol. 48, No. 4 (August 2015)
Published by MIT Press on the occasion of SIGGRAPH 2015

This paper examines the role of art and curatorial practice in relation to the Anthropocene, asking what effects Anthropocene-themed narratives developing in the art world might have on the discourse as a whole.

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Animism: Curating Discourse

Selections from the first annual International Awards for Art Criticism
(June 2015) Organized by the Royal College of Art, London + the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum

A critical review of the traveling exhibition and publication project Animism, curated by Anselm Franke. 

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Object Intermediaries: How New Media Artists Translate the Language of Things

Leonardo Journal Vol. 47, No. 4 (August 2014)
Published by MIT Press on the occasion of SIGGRAPH 2014

This paper uses Walter Benjamin’s concept of translation between people and things as a focal point for analysis of the work of contemporary new-media artists Paula Gaetano Adi and Lindsey French, who utilize robotics and interactive technology to explore interspecies communication. 

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Art Beyond Anthropocentrism : Part I. Artifacts on the Loose; Part II. Models for an Object-oriented Worldview

Thesis submitted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for the Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies program (May 2014)

Framed by materialist, poststructuralist, and posthumanist theory, along with more recent work in object-oriented philosophy, this thesis posits alternative, anti-hierarchical configurations of human subjects and non-human objects. Part I: Artifacts on the Loose is a work of theory-rooted speculative fiction; Part II:  Models for an Object-oriented Worldview is a critical exposition of art and curatorial projects in relation to OOO. 

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