Alumna Caitlin Berrigan Publishes First Book, Imaginary Explosions

Caitlin Berrigan, Imaginary Explosions, 2018, Broken Dimanche Press. Courtesy of the artist.
ACT at MIT

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?

Books will be available in the U.S. through Printed Matter, and may be ordered worldwide through Broken Dimanche Press, a publishing house and project space dedicated to the intersection and crossovers between literature and contemporary visual art.

Caitlin Berrigan (SMVisS ’09) 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.

Scheduled Readings:

Whitney Museum, New York City
Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm
Berrigan will be reading from her book, alongside performances by contributing artists Nobutaka Aozaki, Jesus Benavente, Amy Khoshbin, Julianne Swartz, Leslie Thornton, and collaborators Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith. Performances curated by Ellie Krakow, VECTOR guest editor to celebrate the release of the artist-run journal’s 8th issue. 

Printed Matter, New York City
Friday, June 29 at 6:00pm
Book Launch for Imaginary Explosions, published by Berlin-based Broken Dimanche Press. Berrigan will give a short reading alongside writer and curator Mirene Arsanios.

Broken Dimanche Press, Berlin
Thursday, July 5 at 7:00pm
Book launch, exhibition, and reading with the additional contributions of other guests. On view through July 20.