Discrit presents “Hunger: A New Vision of the Spiral Jetty,” a free digital lecture and discussion by Discrit co-founder Chris Fernald.

“Hunger” is a new take on one of the twentieth century’s most iconic art works, Robert Smithson’s The Spiral Jetty (1970). In a wide-ranging talk connecting topics as diverse as anorexia, Franz Kafka, ancient mysticism, and Marie Kondo, Fernald positions asceticism, or lifestyles characterized by abstinence from sensual pleasures, as a hidden backbone animating a number of highly consequential proposals for art-making and being in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Join us as we uncover the asceticisms beneath Jetty’s unstable relation of mysticism and mud, and trace this timeless human impulse into the present.

Not familiar with The Spiral Jetty? We recommend starting with this video from Smarthistory.

How to Be Involved

This virtual lecture is streaming via Zoom and Facebook Live to the public. RSVP for the Zoom talk here and gain access to the link to join in!

Lecture Timeline-
12:05 to 12:10pm - Introductions
12:10 to 12:55pm - Chris Fernald leads “Hunger” lecture
12:55 to 2:00pm – Q&A with Joey Molina and Chris Fernald followed by open conversation via Zoom

- Visitors can watch via Zoom and Facebook Live. Zoom participants can join in via audio, video, and text chat during the open conversation portion of the lecture. Facebook Live participants are welcome to leave text questions and comments.

- Zoom Conversation guide

  • Zoom viewers will enter the conversation with audio and video muted. Please stay muted until the open conversation portion. We promise we want to talk to you!
  • Start by introducing yourself with your name and pronouns.
  • We are here to grow and learn! Be open to different styles and areas of knowledge.
  • Share the floor – Be conscious of others joining in with questions and comments.



Discrit (“critical discourse” / “discourse critique”) is an initiative of public knowledge-sharing and discussion. Spanning lectures, seminar-style discussions, critiques, and screenings, Discrit provides the public with programming dedicated to explorations of contemporary art and culture and free, university-quality art education. Discrit is Joey Molina and Chris Fernald.

Joey Molina

Joey Molina is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar working between video, installation, and collage. Their work examines performances of gender and sexuality, with a particular focus on how such phenomena shape and are shaped by trauma.

In addition to their work on Discrit, Joey organizes Bodies On Display, an annual curatorial project showcasing works at the intersection of art, pornography, performance, and fetish.

They received their BA from Georgia State University in 2013.

Chris Fernald

Chris Fernald is an artist, musician, and curator living in Atlanta. His work has been exhibited in group shows in New York and Mexico City, and his poetry and art criticism have seen publication in both Canada and the US.

Chris is currently at work on a pop music endeavor called Rem Reviere, a project examining the poetics of the post-human condition and ideas of techno-spirituality. He is also in the midst of writing Mal Air, a dystopian allegory of affective labor and networked experience set in recession-era Los Angeles, with artist Diandre Fuentes.

He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013.

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