Tyler Coburn

Tyler Coburn is artist and writer based in New York. He has presented work at Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Bergen Kunsthall; Kunsthalle Wien; Hayward Gallery, London; Para Site, Hong Kong; and Art Sonje Center, Seoul. Coburn is the author of the books I'm that angelRobots Building Robots, and Richard Roe (Sternberg Press). His texts have appeared in e-flux journal, Frieze, ArtReview, DIS, Mousse, LEAP, and Rhizome.

  • Solitary


    Tyler Coburn

    A South Korean wellness center designed as a mock-prison: on sensory deprivation, monastic life, the wellness industry, the prison-industrial complex, and the history of solitude.

    Solitary is a collection of texts written at a wellness center in South Korea designed as a mock-prison. This facility is run by an organization called Happitory—a combination of “Happiness” and “Factory.” Happitory offers retreats for teenagers, company employees, government officials, and the general public. Some sessions involve drama therapy, others are led by Buddhist monks. Most intriguing is a program called “Solitary Confinement,” where one can spend twenty-four hours of technology-free time locked in an individual cell.To create Solitary, artist Tyler Coburn commissioned ten practitioners (including himself) to spend time in solitary confinement at this wellness center, where they produced texts using the materials on hand. Certain questions drove their writing. How does one square the relaxation promised by Happitory with the way solitary confinement functions in actual prisons? What types of thinking and writing become possible through its restrictions—no book, no Internet, just writing materials? How might the emphasis on writing relate to texts by Oscar Wilde, Kim Dae-jung, Shin Young-bok, and others produced during periods of imprisonment?

    Taken as a whole, Solitary is unique in being both a collection of texts and a collective artwork: an experiment in site-specific writing.

    ContributorsJaeyeon Chung, Tyler Coburn, Sunjin Kim, Hyunjeung Kim, Kyungmook Kim, Min Kyoung Lee, Woochang Lee, Russell Mason, InYoung Yeo, Jiwon Yu

    • Paperback $32.00
  • Richard Roe

    Richard Roe

    A Memoir of a Legal Person

    Tyler Coburn

    The fictional memoir of a legal person—potentially everyone and actually no one.

    Richard Roe is the fictional memoir of a legal person. The name is one of the oldest used in English law when the real name of someone is withheld, or when a corpse can't be identified. Richard Roe is a known unknown, a one-size-fits-all, potentially everyone and actually no one.This memoir gives voice to the legal fictions that creep around the margins of selfhood, and draws on concepts of personhood from legal, psychological, linguistic, and metaphysical realms, including arguments from the last two centuries for the legal personhood of corporations, rivers, and other elements of the natural world.

    • Paperback $26.00


  • The Wild Book of Inventions

    The Wild Book of Inventions

    Chus Martínez

    In essays, poems, sketches, and photographs, twenty authors challenge the exclusive human claim to intelligence.

    Can contemporary art's practitioners change the way we perceive nature? In The Wild Book of Inventions, twenty authors employ a variety of forms, including speculative essays, poems, pencil sketches, and photo essays, to challenge the exclusive human claim to intelligence by pointing to, or inventing, new forms of coexistence for all life-forms. Far more complex than the necessary and continuous exercise of critique, these contributions introduce new ways to experience culture.


    Nabil Ahmed, Armen Avanessian, Hannah Black, Kristina Buch, Tyler Coburn, Ann Cotten, Paul Feigelfeld, Fernando García-Dory, Kenneth Goldsmith, Anke Hennig, Ingela Ihrman, Tiphanie Kim Mall, Chus Martínez, Momus, Ingo Niermann, Trevor Paglen, Filipa Ramos, Lin May Saeed, Emily Segal, Johannes Willi

    • Paperback $25.95
  • Master of Voice

    Master of Voice

    Lisette Smits

    A collection that looks at the role and use of the nonhuman voice in art.

    The (non)human voice has always been part of modern art, notably within performance art, sound art, and conceptual art. The Master of Voice graduate program mutates from this history, examining the voice as a unique "discipline." The focus is on the (non) human voice, as a means to an end or an end in itself, within artistic practice. A special orientation of the Master of Voice curriculum, codeveloped with a team of artists with a longstanding interest in the (non)human voice, is the voice in relation to technology and gender. This book captures a two-year-long period of research—of thinking, talking, sharing, learning, making, acting, and creating by students and teachers, artists, and other practitioners—to find possible answers and approaches to the question of the voice and its prominent role in our postindustrial society.


    Tyler Coburn, Angelo Custódio, Thom Driver, Paul Elliman, Amelia Groom, Miyuki Inoue, Danae Io, Jamila Johnson-Small, Bin Koh, Snejanka Mihaylova, Maria Montesi, MPA, Natasha Papadopoulou, Duncan Robertson, Marnie Slater, Lisette Smits, Eva Šusová, Cécile Tafanelli, Mavi Veloso, Geo Wyeth

    • Paperback $19.95