Joel Kuennen is Director of Operations and Senior Editor at ArtSlant. He has a background in English Literature, German, Critical Theory, Anthropology and Art History. His work has spanned such diverse practices as critical and creative writing, painting, installation, metalsmithing and digital video manipulation. He received a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in May, 2010. His thesis at the School of the Art Institute Chicago explored conditions of subjectivity as constructed through physical and digital spatial relationships. He started writing for ArtSlant in 2010 and has published with Routledge, ID Press, Aint-Bad Magazine, and more. He currently lives in Chicago, IL.