Alex Borkowski is a writer based in Toronto. She holds a BA in Art History from McGill University, Montréal, and an MA in Aural and Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College, London. Her Masters dissertation, supervised by Kodwo Eshun and Mark Fisher, presented a formulation of the virtuosic voice as a site of political struggle. As an extension of this project, she gave a paper on cybernetics and automated voice technologies at the annual Graduate Philosophy Conference at the University of Western England. Her ongoing research interests, which also influence her creative writing practice, include écriture feminine, popular and avant-garde music, and feminist performance and moving image practices.
In addition to her regular contributions to The Quietus and this is tomorrow, she has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at Eastern Bloc (Montréal), Art Mûr (Montréal), Deptford Old Police Station (London), Hoxton Basement (London) and Five Years Gallery (London). Her first work of fiction was published in The Happy Hypocrite 8. She is part of The Rare Element collective which explores intersections between critical theory, memoir and vernacular horror. Alongside Jennifer Boyd, she was co-curator of Reading Matter, a series of collective readings of modernist texts. She is also co-editor of What Fresh Witch Is This? , an online magazine for creative feminist writing.