About
critical engagements with discrete subjects on assignment.

Research Service is the collaborative endeavor of Avi Alpert, Mashinka Firunts, and Danny Snelson. Our projects propose that scholarship is as much a question of aesthetic inquiry as abstract thought. To these ends, we craft unique research initiatives around discrete subjects, on assignment. This practice stresses the communal nature of knowledge production, positioning audiences as nodes within events and creating a heightened affective situation for shared conceptual labor. Recent projects have been presented at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Lisa Cooley Gallery (New York), Drawing Center (New York), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and in the New Museum VOICE Registers Series.

Danny Snelson is a writer, editor, and archivist. His online editorial work can be found at PennSound, UbuWeb, Eclipse and Jacket2 Reissues. He is the co-author of Inventory Arousal (Bedford Press, 2011) and publisher of Edit Publications.

Avi Alpert is a writer based in New York. His writings are published or forthcoming in diacriticsPostcolonial Studies, Third Text, Shifter and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum, and is currently a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University.

Mashinka Firunts is a writer and artist. She currently resides in Philadelphia, where she is a student in the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art PhD program.