Emma de Vries
Fields of interest
- Mail- and Media Art
- Contemporary Literature
- Epistolary Theory
- Philosophy of Technology
- Digital Materiality
This interdisciplinary project signals and scrutinizes a remarkable phenomenon: today’s simultaneous dis- and reappearance of the letter. While digital communication media have ousted the letter into disuse, in contemporary art and literature this medium is pervasively rehabilitated. Neo-Epistolarity, as I call these emerging practices, combines analogue procedures of paper, pen and postal delivery, with a pronounced engagement with digital culture. Thus these works cannot be interpreted as expressions of technophobia. Instead, my research probes the possibility of conceiving Neo-Epistolarity, rather than as resistance against, as inquiry into media-technological change and its cultural implications.
In Amsterdam, Granada and Leuven I studied Literary Theory, Philosophy, and Cultural Analysis (BA and RMA cum laude). Before joining the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society as a PhD Researcher, I worked at the philosophy department of Boom Publishers in Amsterdam. I pass the academic year 2015-2016 in Los AngeIes and Cambridge (United States), where I join the Design and Media Arts department at UCLA and metaLAB at Harvard, as a Fulbright Scholar and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellow.
- Fulbright Grant
- Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellowship
- Chair of the LUCAS PhD Council
- Member of the LUCAS Advisory Board