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Authors | Julia Polyck-O’Neill

Julia Polyck-O’Neill is an artist, curator, critic, poet, and writer. Currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Visual Art and Art History and the Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University (Toronto) where she studies digital, feminist approaches to interdisciplinary artists’ archives, she is the incoming Michael Ridley Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Guelph.

Articles on Amodern by Julia Polyck-O’Neill


Procedure, Intimate Inquiry, Archives

Adrian Piper seeks to establish her position in the face of her marginalized identity by developing her work as a kind of broader informational, archival project – a project enhanced by the creation of her own physical and digital archive. Considering Julietta Singh’s proposition that “the archive is a stimulus between myself and myself,” I attend to how Piper’s artworks – in particular her Catalysis performances (1970s) and the My Calling (Card) series (1986 and 1990) – foreground questions about subjectivity and agency within Piper’s life and practice as modes that represent the entanglement of philosophical inquiry and art making. Piper’s outputs demonstrate a need to situate herself, as a thinking and embodied entity, in the art world and in the world in general.