The Carrier Bag Theory of Art History: experimental writing in, on and alongside feminist and queer art

Bridget Crone, Goldsmiths, University of London, b.crone@gold.ac.uk

Catherine Grant, Goldsmiths, University of London, c.grant@gold.ac.uk

This panel explores the political possibilities and affective textures connecting the form and content of writing, with a particular focus on feminist and queer art practices, strategies and histories. During the last couple of decades there has been a rise in writing as art, as well as experimental approaches to writing about art. This has mostly taken place outside of art history, with much genre-crossing work being done between fiction, criticism, poetry, memoir, history, theory and curation. Writers such as Chris Kraus and Alexis Pauline Gumbs have popularised the ways in which politics and writing might intersect, drawing on longer traditions of feminist, queer, trans, non-binary, anti-racist and postcolonial writing that re-imagines form as well as content.

This panel will consider how these experiments stretch back across writing about art, and how feminist and queer writers have played with scholarly convention to create speculative, playful, personal and political histories of art. From these histories the panel will encourage collective discussion on the possibilities offered for artists, writers and curators.

Information about the speakers and papers on this panel will be posted shortly.

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