Imaginary Explosions - Book launch with Caitlin Berrigan

June 29, 2018
6-8 PM

Join us for an event with artist Caitlin Berrigan to launch her title Imaginary Explosions, published by Berlin-based Broken Dimanche Press. Berrigan will give a short reading alongside writer Mirene Arsanios and Ellie Krakow.

Imaginary Explosions is an artist book, a book of poetry and topological delineation. It explores geological ruptures, the immense scale and deep time of sexual violence, and the ways traumas reverberate through bodies across multiple generations of relationships and families.

It is an experiment in sequential, narrative poetry. Sparse, material language combines with drawings based on the computational radar topography of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano from the National Land Survey of Iceland. It draws from storytelling and geological time and space through episodes of vulcanology. Can we begin to grasp the scope and scale of geological change, and human intervention within it, by embodying it at the human scale—by in fact becoming mineral ourselves?

Broken Dimanche Press is a publishing house and project space dedicated to the intersection and crossovers between literature and contemporary visual art.

Caitlin Berrigan has created special commissions for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Harvard Carpenter Center, and the deCordova Museum. Her work has shown at Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, and Goldsmith’s London. She has received grants and fellowships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Humboldt Foundation, Skowhegan, Graham Foundation, PROGRAM for Art & Architecture Berlin, and the Wassaic Project. She holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She teaches emerging media at NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging and is an affiliate of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Technology, Culture and Society.