Grant Vetter 

Curator / Writer / Critic

Book Reviews


"Vetter's work is a timely inquiry into the dynamics of power associated with techno-Panopticism."

                                                                                                                                                               Mark Poster, Author of Marxism and Foucault                                                                                                                  


"Grant Vetter's book is remarkable not only for its brilliant mapping of neo-Panoptic architectures and the evolution of intensive controls over life and social energies, but for its deep and sustained meditation on the historical relevance and potential of Feng Shui as a creative and practical mode of resistance."

                                                                                                                                                                                   William Bogard, Author of Simulation and Surveillance


"Confronting cartographies of subjectivation, Vetter presents an exciting and timely series of meditations on the development and implications of surveillance architectures. Guiding the discussion is a quest for emancipatory potentials in the relationships betweeen people and the architectonic forces shaping contemporary life. In this book one will encounter the obvious figures, such as Bentham and Foucault, as well as Batman and Japanese horror films. An important discussion of how subjectivity can be understood and how that can be controlled is opened here."

                                                                                                                                                                                   Paul Boshers, Co-editor of Continent Journal                                                                                                                                              


"Vetter’s Architecture of Control is an ambitious book that uses a number of colourful cultural references (The Dark Knight, and Nightmare on Elm Street among them), to achieve an accessible “architectural drawing” of our contemporary control society. It provides a thought provoking analysis of how neo-panopticism, as the apparatus of hyper-capitalism, has achieved the total colonization and commodification of public and private spaces. As such, it is a compelling read for any Foucauldian, but particularly for academics working in the field of security studies, or on critiques of our contemporary control society, outlining a “complete” understanding of this contemporary phenomenon, its totalizing web, and its material, subjectivizing effects."

                                                                                                                                                                                  Josh Bowsher, Reviewer Interstitial Journal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


The Architecture of Control: A Contribution to the Critique of the Science of Apparatuses


Back Cover: Through six meditations on the ideology of architecture, Grant Vetter is able to give us an entirely new set of coordinates for understanding social control in the 21st century. Moving between historical precedents in the east and the west, Vetter's work reveals a hybrid order of architectural power that acts on subjectivity from within rather than without. Whether characterized as a process of indo-colonization, social ionization or a sub-atomizing social physics, Vetter's account of architectural subjectiviation requires a complete rethinking of power/knowlege as invested in producing 'perfected' subjects rather than 'normative' ones.


This new paradigm can be described as a soveriegn power inasmuch as it acts directly on the body through enterrogatory discipline, inferrogatory infomatics, modulated (in)dividualism, auto-effective attunement and incentivizing injunctions. As a critical rejoiner to the discussion of Panopticism, The Architecture of Control is essential reading for everyone who is interested in new modes of resistance to the designs of biopower and imperial democracy.  


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Catalogs and Essays


Abstract Reverberations: A Review of New Works by Carrie Marill @ Lisa Sette Gallery.

Thinking about Civilation and its Creaturely Discontents: New Works by Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars @ Chartreuse Gallery and PHICA's Rhetorical Galleries.

Geometric Abstraction as a Matter of Scale and Refrain: A Review of Recent Works by Dion Johnson @ Bentley Gallery.

Bruce Munro @ Lisa Sette.

Erika Lyne Hanson: wave, @ FAC 1101

Sean Deckert: Reflective Properties @ FAC 1101

Molly Koehn: Eventually Everything Will Collapse @ FAC 1101

The Experience of the Expectant Sublime in the Works of Kelly Richardson @ SMOCA

An In-Depth Review of Abby Messmer's Pool @ Eye Lounge.

Peter Bugg: Once Removed @ FAC 1101

Malena Barnhart: Video Works 2012-2015 @ FAC 1101 

Cydnei Mallory: Accumulation @ FAC 1101

Marla Breuer: A Retrospective Review in Four Parts @ Bentley Gallery.

Clarita Lulic and Inter-relational Aesthetics: Intimacy, Inquiry and the Interpersonal Refrain @ Night Gallery.

On Speaking in the Name of Minimalism: A Survey of Propositions, Commitments and New Departures @ Bentley Gallery. 

Max Presneill: Paint Like an Egyptian (Catalog).

Review of Non-Stop Inertia by Ivor Southwood in Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society (Book review).




"I was gobsmacked  by your review ! Your  kind words  have revitalised my passion to keep going and  make a  positive contribution to the existence we share." 

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bruce Munroe, Artist


"Grant, this is fantastic! I'm really quite blown away with how much you gave to this piece of writing. Thank you so much! A lot has been written about my work but you still brought something new to that dialogue which is impressive."


                                                                                                                                                                                       Kelly Richardson, Artist


"Wanted to thank you for "getting it" seriously, you nailed it! Thank you again for your thoughtful piece, I'm looking forward to reading it again!"


                                                                                                                                                                                       Carrie Merril, Artist


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