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Scott Wark (Student Researcher)

Scott Wark

I am interested in how cultural production is informed by technology. I use art, literature and media – high- and low-brow – to think through theory. I also use theory to try to get a handle on contemporary culture.

The main focus of my research is internet memes. The meme is an example of a new kind of circulating, massively distributed media that has emerged with contemporary internet infrastructures. My research explores what the meme has to tell us about contemporary cultural production and how we theorise media.

I also maintain an interest in literature and literary theory, with a focus on modern and contemporary literature and the relationship between literature and technology.

Research profile

Memes; Social Media; New Media; Online Cultural Production; Media Theory; Infrastructure Studies; Philosophies of Technology; Net and Media Art; Contemporary Art; Aesthetics; Modern and Contemporary Literature; Literary Theory.

Academic profile

I am a PhD candidate at CIM. The working title of my thesis is ‘Meme Theory’.

I have previously studied English Literature and Language (MA) at the University of Melbourne. My work there used Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, Tree of Codes, to develop a critique of the concept of the text. Whilst at Melbourne, I led seminars in the Media and Communications department.

Before that, I studied English Literature at The University of Sydney (BA Hons. 1st Class with University Medal). My minor thesis for my Honours year read Wyndham Lewis’s early art and writing through a techno-deconstrucitonist lens.

I also write about art and culture in non-academic venues, having published around 30 essays and articles for magazines, art publications and gallery catalogues in Australia and internationally.

Modules taught

  • IM902 – Approaches to the Digital
  • IM904 – Digital Objects, Digital Methods

Peer-reviewed publications

Literature after Language’s Algorithmic Normalisation: Spam, Code, and the Digitality of Print in Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie”. Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture Vol. 10, No. 2, (2013)

Other academic texts

Scott Wark, “0-9 Reasons Excess Will Change the Way You Think About Everything!”, Excessive Research: A Peer Reviewed Newspaper Vol. 5 No. 1 (2016): 13-14. Part of Transmediale: Conversation Piece, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (5 Feb., 2016)

Scott Wark and Thomas Sutherland, “Gilbert Simondon: Platforms for the New”, Introduction to Platform JMC Vol. 6, “Gilbert Simondon, Media and Technics” (2015) [eds. Wark and Sutherland].

Selected scholarships and prizes

Chancellor’s International Scholarship, the University of Warwick, 2014-2018. Fee waiver and stipend.

Amy Gaye Tennant Memorial Scholarship, the University of Melbourne, 2013. Travelling research scholarship.

Australian Postgraduate Award, the University of Melbourne. 2012-14. Fee waiver and stipend.

University Medal, The University of Sydney, 2010. Awarded for Honours thesis.

Recent conference papers

“Lithated Media, Or, The Subject at Scales”, Speeding and Braking: Navigating Acceleration, Goldsmiths College, University of London (15 May, 2016)

“The Meme is in Circulation”, Theorising The Web, Museum for the Moving Image, Queens, New York (16 April, 2016)

Selected other writing

"Hiding in Plain Sight: A Speculative Essay on the Aggregated Self", Modern Behaviours: Penny Ante Anthology #3, forthcoming.

Scott Wark and Masato Takasaka, “Enough About Me, What Do You Think About Me? Masato Takasaka in his Own Words”, Runway No. 23, Prototype, February 2014.


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick

Email: S dot M dot Wark at warwick dot ac dot uk