I joined the department in 2019. Before that, I was a visiting research scholar at CUNY Graduate Center in New York and a research fellow in History of Art at UCL, supported by the Swiss Research Council. During my PhD at the University of Oxford (completed in 2018), I was based at the Ruskin School of Art. Working closely with artists led me to co-found the journal OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform in 2016. In 2017, I was a Franz Roh Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. As an undergraduate, I studied archaeology and art history at the Sorbonne in Paris, following a foundation art degree at ECAL in Lausanne, where I majored in video and filmmaking.
My current project, the book manuscript Inventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and the Moving Image of Social Life, examines the boundaries between representing and producing new rituals in recent art practices. The book focuses on work by Mike Kelley, Pierre Huyghe, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch together with cases in Early Modern painting, visual ethnography, and homemade video practices online. It shows how the mechanisms by which new rituals are being born have fully merged with contemporary mechanisms of representation.
A new project I am working on, 'Editing Reality', will address the expansion of moving-image tropes, genres and scenarios into everyday life. Studied through the lens of contemporary practices in art and film, this project focuses on the history, aesthetics, and politics of montage. How do social ideals of reality, formally established alongside the history of moving image, develop in the so-called post-truth age? Aspects of my research fall within the departmental theme 'Space and Experience', and I am a member of Warwick's Centre for Digital Inquiry. Other subjects I have written about include the work of Steve McQueen in relation to marginalised narratives and memorial forms, French banlieue cinema in the wake of the country’s council estate ‘riots’, outsider art, and postcolonial ritual performance in Britain.
Art and visual culture of the 20th and 21st century; moving image within history; documentary practices; the post-internet; visual anthropology; video installation; rituals; the circulation of tropes and iconographies; art and knowledge
Teaching and supervision
Modules taught include:
Reality After Film
Art and Disruption, 1900-today
Exhibiting the Contemporary (in Venice)
Art Since the 1960s
Fakes and Forgeries (group-taught)
The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity (group-taught)
I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students who would like to undertake research in contemporary art history, particularly in (but not limited to) the fields of film, video, installation or participation, documentary practices, exhibition history, art in the wake of the internet, and artistic interactions with political action, ethnography, or popular culture.
- Director of Research Events
- Mead Gallery Coordinator
- 'The Invention of (YouTube) Ritual and Pierre Huyghe's Holiday.Link opens in a new window' TDR: The Drama Review vol. 65 no. 4 (2021): 147-65.
- '"Alienate and Ravish": Arthur Jafa Edits the World'. Forthcoming in The New Left Review (2022).
- In preparation: Inventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and the Moving Image of Social Life (book).
- Editor and co-founder of the journal OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research PlatformLink opens in a new window. Editor of themed Issues 0 to 4: ‘ResponseLink opens in a new window’ (2016), ‘Sites of ResearchLink opens in a new window’ (2017), ‘ValidityLink opens in a new window’ (2017), ‘That's All There IsLink opens in a new window’ (2018), and ‘Working with YouLink opens in a new window’ (2021).
- ‘Small Monuments: Recording and Forgetting in the Work of Steve McQueenLink opens in a new window.’ Third Text vol. 29 no. 3 (2015): 123-40,
- BA (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
- MA, PhD (University of Oxford)
Director of Research Events
Mead Gallery Coordinator
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