Esther Choi is a Canadian artist, writer and historian based in New York City. Her work explores how the histories and artefacts of architecture and design can perform as devices to initiate interventions and social transformations rooted in real-time processes and exchanges. Through her artwork, books and writing, Choi approaches the built and managed environments as constructs produced through relations and structures of power, and tools to examine the politics of sociability in the present.
Her practice has involved the creation of installations, social sculptures and objects that seek to bring different constituencies together, through sensory engagement, co-creation and learning. Cultural programming and experimental pedagogy have appeared as formats in her work to generate conversations in the public sphere. More recently, she has played with the real-time medium of food, and designing objects that destabilise rituals of eating, to probe political and historical questions about the commons, and blur the boundaries between art, design and everyday life. She is currently at work on 'Le Corbuffet', a cookbook-as-artwork based on these events, for publication with Prestel in 2019.
She often writes about topics related to the broad nexus of aesthetics, ethics, science and politics. Her essays have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, 032/ SSENSE and PIN-UP, as well as exhibition catalogues such as 'Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia' and 'Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion'. Choi is the co-editor of two books: 'Architecture Is All Over' (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017) and 'Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else' (MIT Press, 2010).
She is currently completing her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. Her dissertation, The Organization of Life, explores the collaborations that took place between British biologists, architects, artists and writers to design a sensus communis in between and following the two World Wars.
Her work and research have been generously supported by Princeton University, Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, SSHRC and the Society for Architectural Historians, among others.