Christine Wertheim is a poet-performer-artist-critic-curator-crafter-teacher-and-collaborator based in Los Angeles. She has published two books, mUtter-bAbel (Counterpath Press, 2013) and +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues Press, 2007), and edited three anthologies of contemporary literature, Feminaissance, The n/Oulipean Analects, and Séance, the last two with Matias Viegener. She is an active member of the LA literary scene, where she co-organized a series of seminal literary conferences Séance, n/Oulipo, Impunities, Feminaissance, and Untitled, as well as Untitled, NY. Her poetry appears in numerous anthologies, including Against Expression, The & Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, I’ll Drown My Book, The LA Telephone Book, and Out of Nothing. She regularly writes critical pieces on art, literature and aesthetics, including for Cabinet, X-tra, n.paradoxa, ‘Patacritical Interrogation Techniques, vol. 3, BOMB, and Entropy.
Her work explores life in the English tOngue, infesting fertile zones between cunning linguistics, psychoanalysis, poetry and gender studies. She travels widely, presenting papers and performing her unique brand of S(w)Ound poetry. Recordings are in-progress. Her research interests include ‘pataphysics, nonsense, feminist art history, the relations between science and art, and the materiality of language as vOidse. She has a PhD in literature and semiotics from Middlesex University, London (1994), and grants from the Annenberg Foundation and the Orphiflamme Foundation. In 2014, she is an external examiner for the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
With her sister Margaret, Christine also co-directs the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and engineering. The IFF has had solo shows at NYU Abu Dhabi, the Smithsonian, Science Museum Dublin, Hayward Gallery London, Museum Kunst der Westkust Fohr, Art Center Pasadena, Track 16 LA, New York University NY, New York Financial Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center. It has received numerous grants, including from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Orphiflamme Foundation. In 2011 the sisters received the Theo Westenberger Grant for Outstanding Female Artists from the Autry National Center.
Christine has taught in the art departments at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art, both in London, and is currently on the faculty at the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts.