The Visitor Talks – Dialogues: CCS Bard & Judd Foundation at 101 Spring Street

November 21, 2014 from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Judd Foundation - 101 Spring Street, NYC

Scripting Space: Writing as the Site of Exhibition

A text is capable of shaping the space of display, eliciting responses from its readers, directing conceptual wanderings, and declaring the political potential inherent in the gesture of framing. Narratives guide our experience of space and yet are also influenced by the contexts in which they are situated. This relationship implies that the form of the page itself acts upon the meanings of words. The second edition of the Visitor Talks at the Judd Foundation brings together speakers from three distinct backgrounds to engage with different modalities and methods of writing and exhibition making.

Organized by Kathleen Ditzig, Lee Foley, and Natalia Zuluaga, graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Scripting Space explores how writing delineates practices, exhibitions, and legacies. Keller Easterling, Jill Magid, and Kirsten Swenson will discuss writing as the architecture of an encounter, scripting relationships with materials and their contexts. Thinking through reading and walking, pages and spaces, words and objects, this panel looks toward the moment in which writing –as inscription, mark making, framing– moves from privately written word to publicly constructed experience.


Keller Easterling is a writer, architect and Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Her latest book, Extrastatecraft, examines global infrastructures as a medium of polity. She is also the author of Organization Space and Enduring Innocence; The Action Is the Form: Victor Hugo’s TED Talk; and Subtraction. Her writing was included in the 2014 Architecture Venice Biennale. Easterling contributes to journals such as Artforum, Cabinet, Domus, e­flux, Grey Room, and Volume.

Jill Magid’s artistic practice explores the dynamics of seduction to build personal relationships with impersonal infrastructures such as the NYPD, the Dutch Secret Service, and surveillance systems. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, and Gothenburg Biennials. She is an Associate Professor of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a 2013­15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Kirsten Swenson is author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and the 1960s (Yale University Press, 2015) and co­editor, with Emily Eliza Scott, of Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor of contemporary art at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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