Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating and experimental video making. Her book See Yourself Sensing (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2011) is a collection of futuristic proposals for the body and the senses. Her forthcoming book, titled See Yourself X (Black Dog Publishing, London, December 2016), looks at the future of the human head and its extension into space via technology, fashion, culture and art.
Schwartzman was the curator of an exhibition See Yourself Sensing at San Jose State University, and is co-curator of Objects of Wonder at the Beall Center for Art +Technology, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. She is a long term Adjunct Professor at Barnard College and a senior Part time Associate Teaching Professor at Parsons: the New School for Design, where she teaches architectural design, drawing, video production and time-based media. Schwartzman has received grants and awards for her work in film, sculpture and architecture, including a residency at the American Academy in Rome. Her films and videos have screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, most recently at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and an upcoming screening of her 16mm Campus Trilogy at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York City.
Her current art project—365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers—was recently featured on the cover of the Greater New York section of the Wall Street Journal, on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and on PBS Weekend News Hour. Since May of 2013, every time she rides the subway, she asks a stranger to write a poem.