My research focuses on questions of subjectivity at intersections of lens-based and digital media, sculpture, and politics in modern and contemporary art. I was awarded a PhD in the History of Art by University College London in 2021 for my thesis Meme-work: Psychoanalysis and the alt-right which explored memes and other visual phenomena associated with the online ‘alt-right’ movement through psychoanalytic theories of dreams, the group, and male hysteria. I am currently finalizing essays related to my doctoral work, on Mary Kelly’s 1992 installation Gloria Patri and Silvia Kolbowski’s 2018 video That Monster: An Allegory, for publication. My post-doctoral research is toward a monograph on the work of the contemporary American sculptor Rachel Harrison.
Modern and contemporary art; politics; psychoanalysis; sculpture; lens-based and digital media; masculinities; internet and post-internet art and visual culture
Teaching and supervision
Modules taught include:
- Art and Disruption 1900-today
- Contemporary Art
MA (University of Edinburgh)
MA (Courtauld Institute of Art)
PhD (University College London)
Knapp, I., ‘That Monster Over There’, in Cases of Citations: On Literature in Art, ed. by Chloe Julius and Michael Green, Manchester: Manchester: University Press (forthcoming, 2023).
Knapp, I., ‘On Meme-work’, October, vol. 183, Winter 2023, pp. 3-16.
Knapp, I., ‘Genes, Memes, Dreams’, in INC Reader #15 – Critical Meme Reader, Global Mutations of the Viral Image, ed. by Chloë Arkenbout, Jack Wilson and Daniel de Zeeuw, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures (2021), pp. 330-337.
Knapp, I., ‘A betamale is being beaten’, Object, 21 (2020), pp. 51-69. <http://ojs.lib.ucl.ac.uk/index.php/OBJ/article/view/2069>