Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco’s most recent book is With A Bao A Qu Reading When Attitudes Become Form (Los Angeles / Vancouver: New Documents, 2013), a collection of short stories The Mechanical Copula (Berlin / New York: Sternberg Press, 2011), published in French as Copulation Mécanique (Paris: éditions ère, 2012). She is also the founder/editorial director of The Happy Hypocrite a semi-annual journal for and about experimental art writing and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Talks & Events

  • There are reasons for looking and feeling and thinking about things that are invisible: A two day event on New Narratives in Art Writing.

    April 4–April 5, 2014

    Building on the West Coast literary movement known as New Narrative, There are reasons for looking and feeling and thinking about things that are invisible brings together four writers at the edge of literary and contemporary art writing in the voices of Maria Fusco, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, and Jacob Wren.

    As a literary genre, New Narrative addresses the structure of narrative by experimenting in fragmentation, poetic strategies, and autobiographical allusions. As a formal conceit, New Narrative is an embodied form of writing, a type of creative non-fiction that relies on presence as much as memory.

    As a weekend of readings and responses in Vancouver, British Columbia, There are reasons for looking and feeling and thinking about things that are invisible aims to re-contextualize the field of contemporary art writing as both a form and a labour of creative production. Developing alongside poetry, literary, and art histories, the field of art writing is in itself a spectrum of craft and praxis to be discussed and reflected upon critically.


    April 4, 7–9 pm, Eileen Myles and Jacob Wren
    April 5, 2–5 pm, Lynne Tillman and Maria Fusco

    At the Western Front Grand Luxe Hall
    Doors will open half an hour prior. First come first serve seating. No latecomers.

    Co-presented by 221A, Artspeak, and Western Front. Organized by Amy Fung.

    The title for this event is a line from an Eileen Myles text on Martha Diamond.

  • Summer Reading

    August 1–August 31, 2011

    Please enjoy these summer reading “picks” from a selection of local and international artists and writers, including Eli Bornowsky, Jeff Derksen, Maria Fusco, Ken Lum, Sven Lutticken, Jon Pylypchuk, Cate Rimmer, and Marina Roy.

    The PDF is available here.

  • Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism Forum

    February 27–February 28, 2009

    Emily Carr University of Art + Design
    Theatre 301, 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, is a two-day forum on the state of contemporary art criticism co-organized by Artspeak and Fillip. Through a keynote address by Tirdad Zolghadr and two panels made up of international critics Diedrich Diederichsen, Jeff Derksen, Maria Fusco, Tom Morton and William Wood, the forum seeks to address what is at stake in the shifting value of judgment within contemporary art writing. A renewed interest in the efficacy and function of art criticism has arisen in the last decade, embedded in art market speculation, global conflict and recent economic crises. This forum will engage with the key issues produced from these conversations, specifically returning to the role of valuation in contemporary art writing.

    The forum will result in a book-length publication of papers and conversations derived from the event to be co-published by Artspeak and Fillip in late 2009.

    For more information see:

    FEBRUARY 27, 7PM / Keynote: Tirdad Zolghadr

    Tirdad Zolghadr podcast:

    FEBRUARY 28, 10:30AM – 1PM / Panel One: Kristina Lee Podesva, Tom Morton, William Wood

    William Wood podcast:

    Tom Morton podcast:

    FEBRUARY 28, 2:30PM – 5PM / Panel Two: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, Maria Fusco

    Diedrich Diedrichsen podcast:

    Maria Fusco podcast:


  • Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism

    JCAC front
    JCAC spine
    JCAC back

    Title: Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
    Writers: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lutticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood, Tirdad Zolghadr
    Editor: Jeff Khonsary, Melanie O’Brian
    Category: Criticism
    Design: The Future
    Printer: DieKeure, Belgium
    Publisher: Artspeak, Fillip Editions
    Year published: 2010
    Edition: 1000
    Pages: 176pp
    Cover: Paperback
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: Edge painting, green
    Weight: 159 g
    Dimensions: 19 x 11.5 x 1.5 cm
    ISBN: 978-0-9738133-6-4
    Price: $20 CDN

    Artspeak and Fillip are pleased to launch Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism. The result of a public forum and reading room (held in 2009 at Emily Carr University and at Artspeak respectively) that investigated the role of valuation art criticism, this publication features commissioned texts by forum presenters and respondents: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lütticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood and Tirdad Zolghadr. Examining the efficacy and function of art criticism, the publication focuses on the role of judgment in contemporary art writing and includes transcriptions from forum discussions with the Vancouver audience.

    Co–edited by Jeff Khonsary and Melanie O’Brian and co–published by Artspeak and Fillip. The book is distributed by Motto Distribution, Berlin and available directly from Artspeak and Fillip.

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