Gavin Kroeber's projects and writings poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance. He produces curatorial projects, artistic research platforms, and performance events that interrogate the cultural dynamics of power and their expression in the poetics of place. He is a frequent contributor to Art in America and has written for publications such as Afterall, Art in America, Art Journal, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. He holds a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was co-founder of the nomadic curatorial platform Experience Economies and Producer at Creative Time from 2005 until 2010.
"This is Not About a Building: Mary Ellen Carroll’s prototype 180" is an extended consideration of the artist’s ongoing project in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, written for Afterall in 2013. Beginning from a consideration of the project’s policy context—Houston’s famous “no zoning” planning regime—and Lefebvrian underpinnings, the essay branches out to consider the ways rhetoric and organizational form perform as the work’s primary materials.