Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and artist who works primarily in video, book-works and text, and small-gauge film (Super 8, 16mm). She is currently an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies, working with Lisa Steele, and she has taught lecture-based courses in the Daniels Faculty's Visual Studies program as well as at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University and the Department of English, York University. She holds a PhD from York University, where she wrote a transmedial history of “autotheory” as an emerging mode of practice across the arts and writing. Her autofictional, experimental novella Theory is Dad is forthcoming through the indie press Fiction Advocate (San Francisco and NYC, 2021). Her first academic monograph, Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism is forthcoming through The MIT Press in spring 2021.
She is the editor and director of Fermenting Feminism, an ongoing, site-responsive curatorial experiment that has so far taken shape in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Kansas City, Brooklyn, Copenhagen, and Berlin. She is the 2020 recipient of the Fonderie Darling Transatlantic Curatorial Residency, which will allow her to extend her practice-based research into contemporary art, microbes, brewing, and fermentation in Paris and Montpellier, France. She has curated exhibitions and screenings at a range of artist-run centres, university and public galleries, museums, commercial galleries, and DIY project spaces. Lauren has given talks on her research internationally, most recently at the American Comparative Literature Association in Los Angeles, the Modern Language Association in New York City, and the Royal College of Art in London. Lauren’s writing has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, art and literary publications, and books, including Environmental Humanities, Contemporary Women's Writing, a/b, Comparative Media Arts Journal, TOPIA, CSPA Quarterly (Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts), West Coast Line, Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy, and Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art: Health. With her collaborator Alex Brostoff (UC Berkeley), she is co-editing a special issue of ASAP/Journal (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) on "autotheory." Her projects have been featured and reviewed in such venues as The New York Times, A*desk: Critical Thinking, Kunstkritikk, C Magazine, Die Tageszeitung, and The Brooklyn Rail.