Matthew Poole is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. He is chair of the Department of Art at California State University San Bernardino, and was previously program director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies at the University of Essex, UK. He has produced exhibitions internationally, and his most recent written project, a collaboration with architect and theorist Manual Shvartzberg, published by Bloomsbury Academic in November 2015, is entitled The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies in Architecture.

Matthew Poole will discuss the construction of his poem, Société Phantome, which forms a part of his presentation in the exhibition What Hope Looks Like After Hope (On Constructive Alienation). He will talk about other poems that influenced the work, the models of Bodys Isek Kinglez (images of which accompany the poem), and his own long term project exploring and interrogating different types of humanist principles as they pertain to the production and reception of art.