Esther Choi (b. Toronto, Canada) is an artist and writer based in New York. Her work explores how the histories and artefacts of architecture and design can perform as common devices to facilitate real-time processes, interventions and social transformations. Thoughout her projects, books and writing, Choi approaches the built and managed environments as tools to examine the politics of sociability in the present.
She has created installations, photographs, objects and social sculptures that seek to bring different constituencies in relation through sensory engagement, co-creation and learning. Cultural programming and publishing projects have appeared as formats in her practice to encourage critical dialogue in the public sphere. More recently, she has played with the medium of food and the design of functional objects that destabilise eating rituals to explore the politics of sharing, while blurring the boundaries between art, design and everyday life. She is currently at work on ‘Le Corbuffet', a conceptual cookbook based on these food situations, for publication with Prestel in 2019.
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). Her essays and criticism have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, 032c/ SSENSE and PIN-UP. She has also contributed to exhibition catalogues such as 'Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia' and 'Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion'.
She has shot photographs for Another Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Vice Records and Another Man.
She is a PhD Candidate 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.