a mechanism for keeping a door, lid, etc., fastened, typically operated only by a key of a particular form: the key turned firmly in the lock.

lock2a piece of a person’s hair that coils or hangs together: she pushed back a lock of hair.

Over the course of his Resource Room Residency, Nic Tammens has been working on a series of projects at the intersection of linguistics, politics, and personal history. on locks┬áis a document of research compiled by Tammens in the form of a notational essay, working towards making intellectual sense of theoretical fragments by braiding together pragmatic observations with images of locks of Karl Marx’s beard, digital encryption, and notions of property. Join us on the final evening of Tammens’ residency for a publication release party of on locks, and a chance to see what else he’s been working on in the library.

Nic Tammens (Tasmania, 1989) is currently living and working within the United States as a foreign worker. His practice engages in diverse outputs, with a focus on writing and exhibition making. These activities have come to fruition as exhibitions in the United States and Australia, as writings and projects within the pages of Un. Magazine and The Lifted Brow, and as performances within Australian and American free-music communities. Tammens was a recipient of funding from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2012.