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.
- 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.
Field Poetics (EROS Press, forthcoming 2017)
Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subjects and Site (I.B. Tauris, January 2014).
Kreider, Kristen. 2013. Poetics and Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subject and Site. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781780763378
Kreider, Kristen and O’Leary, James. 2018. Milk, Confetti, Erratics: A stratigraphic Survey of the Belfast ’Peacelines’. In: , ed. Minor Fieldwork: Ecology, Embodiment and Aesthetics in the Field. Berlin: Sternberg Press.
Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James. 2010. Video Shakkei: Event-Space, Performance and Time-Based Drawing. In: , ed. Proceedings for Drawing Out conference at RMIT. Melbourne: RMIT.
Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James. 2009. Constructing Atmospheres: A Phenomenology of the Film Image and Its Relation to Place. In: , ed. Proceedings for Architecture and Phenomenology 2 International Conference. Architecture and Phenomenology 2.
Kreider, Kristen. 2013. Time, Place and Empathy: The Poetics and Phenomenology of Andrei Tarkovsky's Film Image. Visual Studies, 28(1), pp. 1-16. ISSN 1472-586X
Kreider, Kristen. 2010. 'Scrap,' 'Flap,' 'Strip,' 'Stain,' 'Cut': The Material Poetics of Emily Dickinson's Later Manuscript Pages. The Emily Dickinson Journal, 19(2), pp. 67-103. ISSN 1059-6879
Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James. 2017. Thirteen Points, Expanded (Three Channel Video Installation). In: "Extratextual", Contemporary Calgary, Canada, 1 September - 21 January 2017.
Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James. 2016. Thirteen Points, Expanded (Single Channel Video Installation). In: "Wayfaring", &Model, United Kingdom, 26 April - 4 June 2016.
Conference or Workshop Item
Kreider, Kristen. 2010. 'Time, Space and Empathy: A Material Poetics of the Film Image'. In: Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics, Ethics. UCL, London, United Kingdom.
Kreider, Kristen. 2010. 'Lyrical Encounters: The Material Poetics of Emily Dickinson's Later Manuscript Pages'. In: The Emily Dickinson International Society Conference. Oxford University, United Kingdom 6-8 August 2010.
Kreider, Kristen. 2009. 'Projecting the Voice: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Passages Paysages'. In: Intersections - Association of Art Historians Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom.