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Professor Jane Rendell


As a writer, researcher and educator of artists, architects and historians, through individual and collaborative research projects, my work has explored various interdisciplinary intersections: feminist theory and architectural history, fine art and architectural design, autobiographical writing and criticism. I started out as an architectural designer and came to architectural history later, and then moved into teaching art practice, and now to writing art and architectural criticism and teaching architectural history, theory and critical spatial practice. For the last few years much of my writing has questioned the very position that the author holds in relation not only to theoretical ideas and art/architectural objects and places but also to the space of writing.

These interests have evolved into a project of ‘Site-Writings’ that range from critical essays on familiar artists to texts that are more speculative and poetic, engaging a number of disciplines, both theoretical (cultural geography, critical theory, feminist and postcolonial studies, literary, art and architecture criticism) and also practice-led (art, architecture and poetic practice).

I am Professor of Architecture and Art and Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett, UCL, and author of Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender Space Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995).

I have been invited to write about artists such as Jananne Al Ani, Daniel Arsham, Bik Van Der Pol, Nathan Coley, Janet Hodgson, Jane Prophet, Tracey Moffatt, Adriana Varejao, Richard Wentworth, and projects such as One Day Sculpture, New Zealand (2009) and the Estonian Pipe Line project exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2008). My talks and texts have been commissioned by galleries, for example, the Baltic, Gallerie Emmanuel Perotin, the Hayward, the Kunstmuseet Koge Skitsesamling, Kunstmuseum Thon, the Serpentine, the Tate, the Wapping Project and the Whitechapel.

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