Jennifer Liese

Rhode Island School of Design, U.S.A

     The Space Between:

     Fragmentation and Subjectivity

     in Artists’ Critical Writing

Artists’ writings are often distinguished by unconventional logic and inconclusive meaning. Such effects are achieved through experimental form, non-standard rhetoric, and flexible sets of rules. This presentation will propose two particular qualities or strategies common to artists’ writings—fragmentation and subjectivity—as means to opening an affective, empathic space between the writer, reader, and subject. Short excerpts of essays by Glenn Ligon, Moyra Davey, and Raqs Media Collective will serve as examples. Activating this space matters today, as we continue to imagine new, relevant models of art criticism in the wake of its “crisis.”