Amaranth Borsuk Publishes Media Work

screenshot from Borsuk's video

IAS faculty member Amaranth Borsuk has a video essay in the latest issue of the Bellingham Review, which launched Tuesday. Part of a special section on "The Kinetic Page," her video essay takes Ann Hamilton's 2014 exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, The Common S E N S E, as a jumping off point to think about the relationship between reading and touch, which are central to her recent interdisciplinary collaboration Abra (1913 Press, 2016), a print book and free iOS app.

Borsuk also has a short audio piece in the most recent issue of TextSound. A collaboration with Andy Fitch, "Whacky Day" presents an outtake from a recording session for their collaborative project As We Know (Subito Press, 2014). The book presents an erased and redacted diary through which we meet a neurotic, increasingly alienated speaker who must travel outward to find a sense of self. Playing with tropes of the bildungsroman and the diary form, the book presents nonfiction subjectivity as itself a highly unnatural construction. Borsuk and Fitch have collaborated on a number of media projects extending the text into performance to further investigate the power and gender dynamics at play in the history of editorial intervention.