The new publication by American performance artist, Caitlin Berrigan, has been a few years in the making. Imaginary Explosions, an artists book is a cross section of poetry and topological delineation – it is about slow violence, the immense scale and deep time of sexual violence, and the ways trauma and violence reverberate through the bodies of not just the one against whom the violence was committed, but across multiple generations of relationships and families. Here landscape appears not just as a metaphor but as an embodiment. It is an experiment in sequential, narrative poetry, where images live next to text. Sparse, material language combines with drawings based on the 3D topographical radar data 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? 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. Berringan is a professor of emerging media at NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging.
6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2 in. / 208 pp. / Text only
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