Location: Pogo Bar, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Renee Gladman (born 1971 in Atlanta, US) is a writer, publisher and artist and this year’s resident at the writers-in-residency program co-organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Schwules Museum. The residency provides the opportunity to do on-site research at the archive of Schwules Museum, containing extensive material of the history and culture of Berlin’s LGBTQI communities. Renee Gladman’s work explores the parallels between sentences and physical space: Her practice encompasses both writing and drawing and focuses on the lines, crossings, thresholds, and (social) topographies that emerge in between language and the experience of being a body in space. In her exploration of language’s obstacles, Gladman outlines a fragile balance between evocative specifics and vague uncertainties. She is the author of eleven published books, including a cycle of four novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants (2010-2017), Prose Architectures, her first monograph of drawings (Wave Books, 2017) and a collection of essays and short stories titled Calamities (Wave Books, 2016). One Long Black Sentence, a series of white-ink architectures on black paper, and indexed by the poet and philosopher Fred Moten, is forthcoming this fall.
For Introduction, the first evening initiating a series of events that will be developed with the artist during A Year with Renee Gladman, Gladman will read from recent collections of prose.