Panel Discussion | How Structures Govern

May 31, 2023
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
A grey steel plaque reads “Form I-589, Number 2/12” with quantities and total measurement of “bars,” “blocks,” “boxes,” and other bare forms listed in simple black sans serif typeface.

Sung Tieu, Numeric Analysis, Form I-589, 2022 (detail). Laser-engraved stainless steel plates, screws, twelve parts: 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 3/8 in. (12 x 8.8 x 1 cm) each. Photo: Mareike Tocha


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eaeagarner [at] (Emily Garner)

We’re sorry to share that we’ve had to reschedule the virtual panel discussion with Sung Tieu, Eve Meltzer, and Keller Easterling. The new date for the virtual panel discussion is Wednesday, May 31 at 1 PM, we hope you can join us. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Keller Easterling, Eve Meltzer, and Sung Tieu will convene in a virtual panel discussion exploring structural components as a power to regulate.

Artist Sung Tieu will have her first US debut solo exhibitions on view concurrently at Amant and MIT List Visual Arts Center that centers her research of both physical and psychological realms of social and political powers that are articulated through space and architectural elements. This panel discussion will take a closer look at the legibility of infrastructure in the built environment, the intersection of conceptualism and structuralism in visual art since the 1960s, and the place of humanism—and humans—within the manifold systems that govern and organize our lives.

This program will be held in conjunction with Sung Tieu Infra-Specter on view at Amant in Brooklyn, New York and Sung Tieu: Civic Floor which will be on view at the List Visual Arts Center.

About the Speakers:

Keller Easterling is a writer, designer, and the Enid Storm Dwyer Professor of Architecture at Yale. Her books include, Medium Design (Verso 2021), Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999). Easterling also co-authored (with Richard Prelinger) of Call it Home a laserdisc/DVD history of US suburbia from 1934-1960. Easterling lectures, publishes, and exhibits internationally. Her work appeared the 2014 and 2018 Venice Biennales. Easterling is a 2019 United States Artist in Architecture and Design.

Eve Meltzer is associate professor of Visual Studies at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, and is an affiliated faculty member in NYU's Department of Art History. Her work explores the intertwining of psychic life and visuality with a focus on the abiding questions of subjectivity and subjectification, particularly after antihumanism. Her first book, Systems We Have Loved: Conceptual Art, Affect, and the Antihumanist Turn, published by University of Chicago Press in 2013, situates the conceptual art movement in relation to the field of structuralist thought, reframing two of the most transformative movements of the 20th century and their common dream of the world as a total sign system. She is currently working on her second book, Not Me, Mine, Ours: Belonging and Psychic Life After Photography (under contract with University of Chicago Press), which wagers that the relationship between the psyche and the camera is more intimate, complex, and important than we have yet to describe, particularly as it pertains to claims of belonging. 

Sung Tieu (b. 1987, Hai Duong, Vietnam) lives and works in Berlin. She has held recent solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2021); Nottingham Contemporary; and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2020). Her work was included in the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, the 2021 Kyiv Biennial and was exhibited in group survey exhibitions at Museion, Bolzano; Kunsthalle Basel (2021); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; GAMeC Museum, Bergamo; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2020) and Kunsthaus Hamburg (2019). She received the 2021 Frieze Artist Award and the 2021 Ars Viva award and the audience award of the 2021 Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.