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Critical Writing

In early 2012, Recess released the first installment in a new critical writing component in conjunction with our signature program, Session. This program commissions emerging writers to pursue the underlying theory and contemporary criticism that informs individual Session projects, initiating a meaningful exchange between artists and writers while facilitating the mutual production of new work.  We are particularly interested in conversations that traverse disciplines, and we welcome related commentary from writers engaged in film, music, science, architecture, etc.

The structure and argument of the written piece is determined by the writer, and upon completion, the piece is made available in print at our space and through our website.  Each finished piece is approximately 2000 words, kept short to encourage dialog from onsite readers.  Eventually, Recess will organize these writings into a publication.

We accept fellowship applications on a rolling basis, pairing writers with Session artists one-by-one a few weeks before each Session begins. If you’d like to be considered, please send a CV, 2 pieces of recent writing (can be from any field or context, but we prefer samples less than 5 pages), and a brief description of your general scope of interest to

Past writing fellows:

Sofia Pontén – Your brain is your problem

Nicole J. Caruth – A Love Jones

Ann Chen and Owen Roberts – Fingers

Thomas Lax – Songbook

Clara Halpern – Return is a Shift

Laurel Ptak – Horvitzian

Angela Conant – Ideas Gap

G. Douglas Barrett – Speaking Volumes

Desi Gonzalez – Telling Stories from Stories

Eric Green – you say you want a revolution

Gillian Young – Pausing Form: Stills from a Hurricane

Joanna Smolenski – Handicapped Spaces: Disability, Identity Politics, and Embodiment in Collaborative Artwork

Sara Roffino – Untitled

Jackson Moore - The Object of Sound Art

Gideon Fink Shapiro - Pavilion: Interceptor

Bethany Ides – Listening In