Fan Riot Project (2015-ongoing)
An expansive project exploring the intersection of fandom and contemporary art/performance practices since the internet, which includes a fan club series with contributing artists and fans, workshops, publications, artworks and performances.
Post-Doctoral Fellow (Digital Scholarship) at IASH University of Edinburgh (2018-19)
My project titled Luv 2 H8 U builds on my prebious work on fandom to look at the productions, modes and aesthetics of anti-fandom and haters.
PhD, Visual Cultuires at Goldsmiths (AHRC funded 2009-13)
My practice-based thesis titled Trashy Tendencies: Indeterminate Acts of Refusal in Contemporary Art and Performance Practice asks what are the potentials of trashy performances in a time after trash?: That is after an aesthetics of refusal exemplified in the 20th Century avant-gardes and counter-culture; but also after trash in the sense of following its seductive appeal. Trash aesthetics are pervasive across contemporary visual culture, but how do they operate differently to their now often-commoditised counterparts? What new ethical and political possibilities do trashy tendencies offer?
AHRC Researcher (2009-12)
I held the position as AHRC funded researcher on Performance Matters, a three-year collaborative project exploring the cultural value of performance with Live Art Development Agency, Goldsmiths and University of Roehampton.
I lead the 'Fans & Amateur-Experts' seminar in BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, and teach on BA Fine Art Critical Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.
‘On Larry Love: An Interview with Fan Artist Karukara’, (2015) Salt, Montez Press, issue 7. Oct 2015.
Fictional Realness", Performance Philosophy School of Athens Symposium, (Ε.Δ.Ω. Athens, March 2014); The Impossible Constellation (University of Lincoln, July 2014)
"Stupid Holes: Stupid Becomings in the Work of South African Rap-rave Group Die Antwoord", Stupidious! (South London Gallery, Feb 2014)
"Lineages of Trash: Owen Parry interviews 'legend, icon, wild-hearted demoness bad-girl bitch' - Penny Arcade", Live Art Almanac, Vol 3 (London: Oberon Books, 2013); originally published in Dance Theatre Journal, 24. 3 (2011)
Peachy Who-Chi? 20 Unidentified Flying Portraits", In Conversation: Equality Versus Freedom (National Portrait Gallery, June 2013)
"The Morning After: a Roundtable on Cruising for Art", Lobel, Performing Ethos, 3:2. 2011.
"Performing Refuse / Refusing Performance", Performance Studies International 18 (University of Leeds, June 2012) and Trash Conference (University of Sussex, September 2012)
Co-editor, [Trashing] Dance Theatre Journal, 24. 3 (2011)
"Art Crush: Promiscuous Methodologies", Chisenhale Art Club (London: March, 2011)
"Talking Like You Don't Care, And Other Angry Speeches", Performing Idea Forum, Whitechapel Gallery (London: October, 2010)
"It’s Beside You”: The Ghost in Contemporary Performance Practice and Research", Performing Idea Lab, Club Row Gallery, (London: April, 2010) and Goldsmiths University of London, Spring review, (London: May, 2010)
Adam Ant's Ridiculous Mantra: "Performance Art is Nothing to be Scared of'", Klein Kunst II, Roundhouse (November, 2009)
"Fans of Live Art" (Forthcoming 2019), Theatre and Fandom, University of IOWA Press.
"'Ship Everything': Art Practice as Fanfiction" (Forthcoming 2019), Fandom as Methodology, Goldsmiths Press.
Photo: Christa Holka