Exhibition Essays


All pieces commissioned for galleries and exhibitions.

If​ ​Only​ ​You​ ​Could​ ​See​ ​What​ ​I’ve​ ​Seen​ ​With​ ​Your​ ​Eyes​ ​/​ ​Sternberg​ ​Press

On the occasion of representing Estonia in the Venice Biennale (Estonian Pavilion at
the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia), Katja Novitskova
published a book of essays through Sternberg Press, If Only You Could See What I’ve
Seen with Your Eyes. The book “addresses the relationship between the domain of
seeing, big data-driven industries, and ecology in times of biotic crisis.” I contributed
an anchor essay, “Moving Past Eyelessness,” first commissioned by Maria Arusoo,
Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Texts by Kati Ilves, Jaak Tomberg, Toke
Lykkeberg, and Venus Lau.

Dawn​ ​Mission​ ​/​ ​Mousse​ ​Publishing

Wrote a series of fictional texts for artist’s book by Katja Novitskova to be
published by Mousse Publishing. The texts revolve around and respond to
Novitskova’s solo exhibition, Dawn Mission, at Kunstverein in Hamburg. The
artworks revolve around visual data processing and its frontier terrains: on the
deep-sea floor, at the surface of Mars, from nightlife cameras in savannah state
parks. My role was to create fiction about this engagement with machine
production of aesthetic material, as it generates novel pattern recognition and
modes of seeing. Novitskova will represent Estonia at the Venice Biennale, and her
website is linked here.

Curatorial Text for Quiet Strategies for Survival, collection of pieces I curated for Harm van den Dorpel’s Left Gallery, featuring the works of Ryan Kuo, Alexis Anais Avedisian, and shawné michaelain holloway.
Left Gallery Summer Selection, Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin, July 2016.
Spike Art Quarterly at Yvonne Lambert, Berlin, May 2016

Commons, a fictional text about innovative coworking spaces and the atmosphere of low-grade terror within them, for Yuri Pattison’s User, Space exhibition
Chisenhale Gallery, London, July 2016

Catalog for the 2016 Queens International
Queens Museum, New York City, July 2016

Critical-fiction texts for Formats, curated by Ryan Kuo, with artists Anne Callahan, Alex Auriema, Anne Macmillan, Ryan Kuo, and Jackie Wang; texts can be downloaded at this site.
Industry Lab, Cambridge, March 2016

Piece for Jeremy Shaw, Towards Universal Pattern Recognition
König Galerie, Berlin, June 2016

Text for Juliette Bonneviot, XenoEstrogens
Autocenter, Berlin + Looks Group Show, ICA London, March 2015

Piece for Sixth Sense Group Show, curated by Anna Sagström & Matilda Tjäder
Minibar Stockholm, Stockholm, January 2015

Fiction for Yuri Pattison, Free Traveller Show
Cell Project Space, London, October 2014

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