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Installation view, Elmgreen & Dragset: The Nervous System, November 10 – December 18, 2021, Pace Gallery, New York © Elmgreen & Dragset

Essays

The Nervous Fictions

Writers Respond to Elmgreen & Dragset's "The Nervous System"

Published Thursday, Dec 16, 2021

In conjunction with the duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s exhibition The Nervous System at Pace Gallery in New York, a group of professional and student writers penned short stories responding to the highly narrative presentation. Having received some 20 submissions from MFA candidates at New York University, the artists selected one winner, Michelle Canales Butcher, and three finalists, Robert Franklin, Sarah Lieberman, and August Thompson. Along with the students, writers Garth Greenwell, Katie Kitamura, and Hari Kunzru have composed new work informed by Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition. All of these stories, which can be found below, offer multifarious, imaginative interpretations of the figurative sculptures and domestic scene in Pace’s exhibition.

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Rally

By Garth Greenwell
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Serve

By Katie Kitamura
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The Window

By Hari Kunzru
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Commedia dell'arte

By Michelle Canales Butcher
Winner, MFA Candidate, New York University
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The Nervous System

By Robert Franklin
Finalist, MFA Candidate, New York University
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When Shared

By Sarah Lieberman
Finalist, MFA Candidate, New York University
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Last Night I Dreamt in Metal

By August Thompson
Finalist, MFA Candidate, New York University
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Essays — The Nervous Fictions: Writers Respond to Elmgreen & Dragset, Dec 16, 2021