Dr. Lauren Fournier Critical Studies Online Lecture Wed March 17 at 6:30 PST
February 03, 2021
Dr. Lauren Fournier
Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies, University of Toronto
In 2015 the “autotheory” trend boomed with Maggie Nelson’s Argonauts. This trend meshes personal narrative with theory and philosophy to situate oneself inside a larger world, and melds different ways of thinking in creative, unexpected ways. Lauren Fournier’s Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism traces this practice through early feminist conceptual art, video art, body art, and performance— especially in those feminist, queer, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) scenes that live on the edges of art and the academe. Autotheory describes a way of engaging with and practicing theory alongside lived experience and subjective embodiment. It challenges dominant approaches while enabling new ways to critically reflect on our lives.
Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and filmmaker. She teaches artists' writing, autotheory and autofiction, and other experimental genres at the University of Toronto, where she is a postdoctoral fellow in visual studies. Her debut novella, an autofictional riffing on Chris Kraus's I Love Dick set in late-2000s east Vancouver, is forthcoming through Fiction Advocate (2021). Her book Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism was recently published by The MIT Press (2021). She has written features and reviews for venues like C Magazine, Canadian Art, and Public Parking, and has edited the artist-led collections Fermenting Feminism and Critical Booch. Her projects have been featured and reviewed in such venues as T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Artsy, The Brooklyn Rail, Kunstkritikk, A*desk: Critical Thinking, Art the Science, and Dazed. www.laurenfournier.net
Work by Lauren Fournier:
Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism. The MIT Press. 2021.
All My Dicks. San Francisco: Fiction Advocate. 2021.
Discussion with McKenzie Wark about autotheory for The MIT Press Podcast
Critical Booch was mentioned in T: The New York Times style magazine
Visual Studies MFA alum Mo Murshed’s show, “Patterns Do Furnish a Life,” at SATOR Projects, co-curated by Critical Studies MA alumna Kyle Cohlmia, on view through Nov. 21st
Hallie Ford School of Graduate studies (HFSGS) at PNCA is pleased to announce the 2021 Graduate Symposium theme: “Speculative Features.”
“New Ownership” Portland’s first exhibition of physical artwork verified by NFTs, curated by alumna Hannah Bakken, was written up in Oregon Arts Watch and Ceramics Now.
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies welcomes novelist Janice Lee to campus on Nov. 3rd, from 6:30-7:30 (PST), as part of the Graduate Lecture Series.
Eileen Isagon Skyers, an alumna of the MA in Critical Studies Program at PNCA, will share a talk covering her multifaceted practice and career in the arts. She will discuss our contemporary framework for viewing, making, and valuing art against a backdrop of rapidly shifting technology, and how that manifests in her own work and criticism about digital art and culture.
Wednesday September 22 in the Mediatheque and Livestreaming 6:30 pm
ASL Interpretation provided