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Easterling

Keller Easterling
Writer & Designer
New Haven, CT and New York, NY
2019

This award was generously supported by the Barr Foundation.
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Keller Easterling is a writer, designer, and professor at Yale University. Her most recent book, Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2018), inverts the usual emphasis on object and matrix to prompt innovative thought about spatial and non-spatial problems. Other books include Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), which examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity, and Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), which considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Easterling is also the co-author (with Richard Prelinger) of Call It Home, a 1992 laserdisc/DVD history of US suburbia from 1934-60. Web installations that continue this experiment with scholarship and media include: Wildcards: A Game of Orgman, and High Line.

Easterling also designs protocols related to subtraction, forestation, sea level rise, broadband, and automated vehicles. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, the Rotterdam Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Henry Gallery, and the Istanbul Design Biennale. Easterling wrote and designed Floor for Koolhaas’s 2014 Venice Biennale on Elements. In the U.S. Pavilion of 2018 Venice Biennale, she launched MANY—a spatial/digital information platform to facilitate global migration through an exchange of needs.

Portrait photo courtesy artist.

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  • MANY, 2018. Installation. Platform to facilitate migration through an exchange of needs. Launched at the US Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Photo © Tom Harris, Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute and the University of Chicago.
  • MANY, 2018. Video Still. Platform to facilitate migration through an exchange of needs. Launched at the US Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Photo © Tom Harris, Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute and the University of Chicago.
  • Forest Protocol, 2015. To preserve sensitive landscapes, the Forest Protocol orchestrates an interplay between roads, broadband and forests or jungles.
  • Cable, 2008. Mapped technical theater for fiberoptic cable in Kenya on the eve submarine cable landings in East Africa. Some True Stories, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, New York.
  • Zone, 2007. Assembled promotional videos and timeline about the global free zone phenomenon. 3rd International Rotterdam Biennale, Visionary Power, Rotterdam, Netherlands.