v.1 is RISD’s student–led publication. Its form and content change from year to year (it’s always “volume 1”).

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Spring 2019

  1. From the Editors
  2. A Room without a View: Reflections on Studio Practice from a Privileged Poor Chantal Feitosa
  3. Between the Battlements Jeremy Wolin

  4. Accessing Color: Dissecting the Harvard Art Museum’s Forbes Pigment Collection Makoto Kumasaka
  5. British Club Tattoos Nasser Alzayani
  6. Making Space: Creativity and Resilience in War-Time Sri Lanka Elizabeth Dean Hermann
  7. How to Become Trans: A Proposal for the Modern-Day Gender-Agnostic Asher White
  8. Making It Up: A Conversation with Kent Kleinman Wen Zhuang
  9. “In Peace”: A Conversation with Matthew Shenoda Mays Albaik
  10. Suburbia_hours.mov Nora Mayer
  11. Negative Spaces Emily Wright
  12. Centerfold: Urgency Lab
  13. Rise Up: The Sunrise Movement Takes Root in Rhode Island Irina V. Wang
  14. After Strand Nafis White and García Sinclair
  15. Soldiers of Love? Karen Schiff
  16. Decoding Ghosts Molly Hastings
  17. An Annotated Bibliography Eli Backer
  18. Jesus, Marilyn, and Britney: Relationships between Religion and Celebrity Culture Nina Yuchi
  19. The Social (Antique) Network: Empathy in the Age of Digital Antiquing Zola Anderson
  20. My Little Episodes Michael Brandes
  21. Seeking Fair Game on Hidden Fields Reilly Blum
  22. The Should Be Here Is Not Here Joss Liao
  23. Index of Agency Sophie Chien
  24. Don’t Eat the Models Barbara Stehle
  25. Hypothetical Drink Personality Test: Who Said What, and When? Eliza Chen
  26. Dear Arabic Mohammed Nassem

Fall 2018 

  1. From the Editors
  2. How to Make a Person: A Recipe Mays Albaik
  3. Providence Votes Marcus Peabody
  4. Encounters with the Codex: Redefining Forms of Publication June Yoon
  5. How to Encounter a Puddle Anny Li
  6. A Brief List of Premises from a Maker Stuck with Paper, Politics, and Performance Yasi Alipour
  7. Art Writing and the Place of the “I” Randy Kennedy
  8. Written in Stone: Lineage, Legacy, and Letterforms Irina V. Wang
  9. The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (a Graphic Designer) Tiger Dingsun
  10. Colliers/Necklaces Théïa Flynn
  11. When One Door Closes: Examining Issues of Space and Student Curation on Campus Wen Zhuang
  12. Addressing the Empty Plinth: Lessons from Gallery Shows and Public Art Jeremy Wolin
  13. Modern Usage: In Conversation with Remeike Forbes Eliza Chen and Tiger Dingsun
  14. Dangling Threads: Remaining Unclear in Capital Everett Epstein
  15. A Vagabond Viking Voyage and Midsummer Daydream Mike Fink
  16. Everything is Interdependent Angela Dufresne
  17. La Bolita Elaine Lopez
  18. Bread Day Olive B. Godlee
  19. Against the Archive Satpreet Kahlon

2017 - 2018 
  1. Birds, Bees, and Beyond: The Nature Lab Evolves
  2. Concrete Mixer Drum Solo
  3. Negative Spaces
  4. “Printer Prosthetics” at NYABF
  5. On Writing: Nader Tehrani and Katie Faulkner
  6. On Writing: Marie Law Adams and Dan Adams
  7. On Writing: Kunlé Adeyemi
  8. Connecting Food and Design
  9. Remixing Architectural Discourse
  10. Genesis : 1: Beret Shit
  11. “No voy a actuar en el mundo antes de entenderlo”: Una conversación con Alfredo Jaar
  12. “I Will Not Act in the World Before Understanding the World”: A Conversation with Alfredo Jaar
  13. Imagining Irmgard
  14. Afterwords: Bite
  15. Afterwords: Portals
  16. Afterwords: Calendar
  17. Seeking Drafts

From the Editors

It’s been five months since the last issue of v.1—we’ve fumbled into a new year, endured schisms local and global, held the hands of those close by and reached to those farther away. As this letter is penned, New England has seen more days of rain than in springs past. Though gloom may be difficult to wade through, we editors brought this issue of v.1 together in an attempt to tease out the sparkle of a life, of a passion, of an obsession—the sprout of the first bloom, the remaining sliver of sun as day wanes into night.

Translating thought into praxis is a labor of love; the nonsense of the world asks for a pliable mind and a patient heart—within the pages of this issue, our contributors have taken this call to action and traversed various borders, whether digital, physical, or emotional. A professor reflects on her past semester’s sabbatical research in Sri Lanka and the country’s decades of turmoil; one student dives deep into the world of internet antique dealing and digital nostalgia while another approaches amnesia, ghosts, and trauma through a physical listening device; a letter is another student’s frank confrontation with his mother tongue. There is a project on color and the ways we move through museum spaces as well as a proposal that creates an unconventional fissure through those spaces. We are brought to brighter days in an interview with Sunrise RI and introduced to hopeful horizons through conversations with RISD’s new Provost and new Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion. We even have our first taste of “food writing.” The only way to wrap up an issue like this one is not to—we’ve let its loose strings fall and tied a ribbon around its tangles. Ultimately, the things that dominate our time and our minds don’t often form from a singular root; they sprout in myriad directions.

Last issue we were green. This issue we’re in purple. Next issue we might be full color or in new forms both multiple and mutant. “Publishing,” returned to its etymological roots, brings us to populus, Old Latin for “the people.” In whatever we do, v.1 hopes to uphold an underground rhizome for our people—an ear to the ground and a pulse to the shifting landscapes. Whether dispatching a word, a mark, a conversation, or an extended essay, our pages are consistently open and endlessly malleable. As our friend the late poet Mary Oliver (1935–2019) wrote: “I’m not trying to be wise, that would be foolish. I’m just chattering.”

Editors, v.1

Mays Albaik
Tiger Dingsun
Irina V. Wang
Wen Zhuang