Professor Kristen Kreider

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PositionProfessor in Fine Art
Department Art
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Professor Kristen Kreider


Kristen Kreider is a writer and artist. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. She has published poetry, essays, journal articles and a single-authored monograph entitled Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subject and Site (IB Tauris, 2014). The latter explores how specific artworks generate meaning through a ‘material poetics’ in relation to place, develops a critical methodology for engaging with them, and investigates their ethical potential and political imperative. The book concludes with a discussion of the ethics of relation, opening a debate concerning the role of empathy within contemporary, politically-engaged practices in art and poetry.

In collaboration with the architect James O’Leary, Kristen’s artistic practice engages with sites of architectural and cultural interest. Combining aspects of performance, installation, documentary, poetry, fiction and image-making, the work of Kreider + O’Leary exposes and interweaves the complexities of place into a fabrication of the real. They have made work in response to prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens, desert environments, urban districts and gallery contexts both in the UK and internationally. Their work has been shown at venues including Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy as well as in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Istanbul Biennial. Their book Falling was published by Copy Press, Field Poetics is forthcoming from Eros Press, and they are currently working on a large-scale project, Un-Governable Spaces, engaging with five sites of community and resistance globally. This project will result in a series of works and a monograph to be published by Paraclete. 


Academic Qualifications

  • 2002–08: PhD in Art & Architecture, Slade School of Fine Art + Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (London, UK)
  • 1997–99: MA in Poetry & Poetics, Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1992–96: BA in English Literature, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) 


Kristen is Professor of Fine Art and Director of the MPhil & PhD Programme in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Featured Publications 


Field Poetics (EROS Press, forthcoming 2017)

Falling (Copy Press, February 2015)

Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subjects and Site (I.B. Tauris, January 2014). 



Interface Architecture (Belfast, Norther Ireland, 2017)

Edge City (Lisbon, Portugal, 2013)

Light Vessel Automatic (Tate Britain, London, UK, 2013)

Gorchakov’s Wish (Rome, Baño Vignoni and San Galgano, Italy, 2011)

LA Tapped (Los Angeles, California, USA, 2011)

Video Shakkei (Kansai Region, Japan, 2009)

Eight Rooms (Cork, Ireland, 2004)



Kreider, K. and O'Leary, J.. 2006. CELL. In: "CELL", ART X Exhibition and Symposia, 4/30/2006 - 5/7/2006.

The Edge of Emily's Desk
Kreider, K.. 2005. The Edge of Emily's Desk. In: "The Edge of Emily's Desk", Woburn Square Studios, 11/14/2005 - 11/20/2005.

Eight Rooms
Kreider, K. and O'Leary, J.. 2005. Eight Rooms. In: "Eight Rooms", Triskel Arts Centre, 8/24/2005 - 9/10/2005.

Conference or Workshop Item

Faces and Folds in 'the vastest earthly day': Page and Spatial Practice in Emily Dickinson's Later Manuscripts
Kreider, K.. 2006. 'Faces and Folds in 'the vastest earthly day': Page and Spatial Practice in Emily Dickinson's Later Manuscripts'. In: Contemporary Experimental Women's Poetry Festival. Cambridge, United Kingdom 10/6/2006.