What forms of intimacy take place in the city? How can poetry replace efficiency? Our everyday movements through the urban environment seem to allow for intense possibilities of exchange and interpenetration. In certain zones, economies of desire replace the economy of efficiency. What does it look like in these places?

Founded in 2001 by Krista Connerly, the Project for Urban Intimacy is both a project space and research initiative that responds to these questions. PUI highlights projects by artists and thinkers who address issues of urban life and its effects on our internal/external landscapes and our relationships. As a collaborative research initiative, PUI has instigated many projects that seek to replace rationality with sensuality, and isolation with relationship. Collaborators include: Krista Connerly, Tracy Featherstone, and Thomas Feulmer. Currently PUI is seeking artist, writers, architects, product designers and other interested thinkers/makers for future collaborations. Please email us if you are interested.

Bio: Krista Connerly works in a variety of media including the internet, photography, writing, performance, and video. Whatever the media, she is interested in turning art viewer into collaborator, provoking forms of interaction that through humor and poetry temporarily override the efficiency and rationality of everyday life.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in places such as Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Memphis, Basel, Cairo, Dublin, and Melbourne. Some of these venues include: The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Michigan, The Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia, WOW, Women’s International Film Festival in Sydney Australia, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and at the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in Cairo. She earned her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was responsible for developing the Digital Media program at Anderson Ranch Art Center. Connerly lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Download Connerly’s CV.

Bio: Tracy Featherstone has been featured nationally and internationally. She has shown at the Wexner Center in Ohio, at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington as well as at the Fringe Festival in Scotland among many other venues. Featherstone lives and has a working studio in Hamilton, OH. She earned a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and a MFA from the University of Arizona. She is currently an associate professor in Art at Miami University, Ohio.