In The Undercurrents, the breakdown of a marriage catalyzes an investigation into the places that structure the seasons of our lives. From the perspective of the Berlin apartment which housed her marital life, author Kirsty Bell dives into the archives of the city: from marshy origins, to urban experiments, to wartime devastation and disjointed efforts at rebuilding. Alongside the monumental history of the city, she uncovers the lives of her building’s former inhabitants, vividly conjuring the experiences of people who shared the same urban topography across generations of historical change. In so doing, she draws into light the overlaps in major and minor histories, questions the division of domestic and public spaces, and locates the resonance of body and environment. Join Bell at the Library to discuss the tides within and the psychological, and architectural, structures we build to keep the floods at bay.
About the speaker:
Kirsty Bell is a British/American writer and art critic living in Berlin. She is the author of The Undercurrents: A Story of Berlin, published in 2022 by Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) and Other Press (US) and The Artist’s House: From Workplace to Artwork (Sternberg Press, 2013), for which she was awarded a Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. A contributing editor of frieze from 2011-2021, she has also published widely in art magazines and exhibition catalogues, lectured in Art Academies throughout Europe, and has been an Advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam since 2015.