May 21- 24, 2019, Windsor, Ontario.

The worlding of the place accreted out of opening events. A story, a gesture, a look, or an outbreak of the nerves would establish a trajectory and pick up crazy speed or disperse, or settle into a still life, or blanket the place like a premonition spontaneously generated in the lives of all those attuned. 

Katie Stewart, Atmospheric Attunements

Structures of Anticipation is a 4-day intensive research creation symposium comprising of a workshop, a book panel, and culminating with a public exhibition at SB Contemporary. This event involves a collective of interdisciplinary artists, curators, creative practitioners and academics from across the US and Canada. The aim of this project is to explore the idea of writing photographs as research creation to counter the crisis of representation wrought by constant breaking news or/and tweets that fuel the wave of frenzied responses, and escalate emotions that overwhelm any factual reasoning in our current fractious socio-political climate. This event mobilizes camera-led research creation wherein we understand critique as the encounter in which the photograph is put into conversation with writing. The shuttling between image and text is a process of rectification, embodied learning, and experiment. We aim to address the relationship of words to images, and ask how these objects, framed within an economy of words, might be deployed as a reflexive pause that can help us to withstand the emotional instantaneity of the digital realm.

Project Director:

Karen Engle (University of Windsor)


Craig Campbell (University of Texas, Austin)
Yoke-Sum Wong (Alberta University of the Arts)

For more information, please contact: Karen at

Structures of Anticipation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the University of Windsor, SB Contemporary, the Arts Council of Windsor and Region, In/Terminus, and McGill Queens University Press. We acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. It is our privilege to research and produce work on these lands over the course of this symposium