Education: BA, 1997 Fine Art—Theory and Practice, Milan—S. Marta Fine Art College; PgD, 2003 Art History, Goldsmiths University of London; MA, 2004 Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London; PGCE, 2008 Institute of Education, London; Ph.D., 2014 Goldsmiths University of London.
Books: Art & Animals (IBTauris: 2011); Antennae 10: A Decade of Art and the Non-Human (Antennaeproject/Forlaget248: 2017); Speculative Taxidermy: New Animals Surfaces and Art in the Anthropocene (Columbia University Press: 2018); Why Look at Plants? (Brill: 2018); Animal: An Exploration of the Zoological World (Phaidon: 2018), Botanical Speculations: Plants and Contemporary Art (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars: 2019), Lucian Freud Herbarium (NYC/London: Prestel).
Publications: Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (2006–today); Co-editor of University of Minnesota Press series Art After Nature (2018–today); Various articles and reviews for FlashArt; ArtVoices; Whitehot Magazine; The Seen, Esse, Apollo Magazine. Awards: Literary Lions, SSHRC 2018; Diversity Infusion Grant, 2017; SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant, 2016, 2017, 2019.
Essays in Edited Collections
"Roger Brown: Taxidermy and the Abyss of Representation" in Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lives’ (New York and Chicago: Museum of Arts and Design) pp. 44-47
"Spaces and Otherness in the Anthropocene," in Repair – Catalogue of the Australian Pavilion at the 16th International Biennale di Architettura, (Manuka: Australian Institute of Architecture) 2018
"In Conversation with Mark Dion: The Culture of Nature," in Human-Animal Studies, Volume III, (London: Routledge) 2018
"Tessa Farmer: Chasing fairies to escape science," in In Fairyland: The Work of Tessa Farmer, Ed. Catriona McAra, (London: Strange Attractor) 2017
"Human-Animal-Machine-Plant," in Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening, Picard, C. (ed.) 2016 (Chicago: The Green Lantern Press)
"Au-dela de L'abime: Pour une entomologie culturelle de la compassion," in Souffrance Animales et Traditions Humaines: Rompre le Silence, Desblanches, L. (ed.) 2014, (Dijon: Editions Univeritaires de Dijion), pp.101–119
"The death of the animal," in Zootanathologies, Ed. Marzena Kotyczka, (polish translation), 2014
"Tessa Farmer: Chasing fairies to escape science," in The Work of Tessa Farmer, Ed. Catriona McAra, currently being edited, will be published in Winter 2014
"On a wing and a prayer: butterflies in contemporary art," in The Handbook of Animal Studies, Eds. McHugh, S. and Marvin, G., Routledge, 2013
"Contemporary Fleurs du Mal," in Not a Rose, Ed. Heide Hatry, Charta, 2012
"Beyond the pain principle," in Beyond Human, Eds. Shakespeare, S. and Molloy, C. Continuum, 2012
Academic Essays in Journals (peer reviewed)
"Sorely Visible: Plants, Roots, and National Identity" in Plants, People, Planet, Vol.1 n.3, 2019, p.204-211
"Speculative Taxidermy: Inscribing Vulnerability" in Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, vol.27, n.2, Spring 2019, pp.187-210
"La Questione della Materialita’ Artistica nel Postumano" (The Question of Materiality in Posthumanism) published in Lo Sguardo: Rivista di Filosofia, www.losguardo.net, 2017
"Animal Studies and Art: Elephants in the Room" published as an extended editorial to the project "Beyond Animal Studies’ in March 2015—Antennae.org.uk
"Beyond the abyss", in Prétentaine, Ed. Sofia Bouratsis, (French Translation by Lucille Desblache), 2014
"Deconstructing the animal in search of the real", in Anthrozoo, Ed. Anthony Podberscek, Summer 2012
"Different becomings", in Art and Research, Ed. Ron Broglio, Volume 4. No. 1. Summer 2011
"The death of the animal" (adapted paper as delivered at The Animal Gaze symposium in November 2008) in Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vol. 9, n.1, 2010
Selected Reviews and Articles in specialist press
Feature Article: ‘Carolee Schneemann: Posthumanist Pioneer’ in Esse, issue 96, 2018, pp84-86
Feature Article: ‘Should museums display artworks that feature live animals?’ Apollo Magazine. May 29, 2018
Conversation: ‘Coming of Age’ a conversation with curator Caroline Picard, director of Sector 2337, Chicago. Published in Whitehot Magazine, November, 2017
Review: Damien Hirst's Return to the Art World is Perfectly Situated for Our Post-Truth Era, published in Whitehot Magazine, June, 2017
"Doris Salcedo: Under the Skin", published in Whitehot Magazine, June, 2015
"Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London" in Whitehot Magazine, Nov 2014
"The Nature of the Beast", Ibid, June, 2013
"Everything was moving", Ibid, October, 2012
"The Apotheosis of Hirst", Ibid, April, 2012
"Tracy Emin: love is what you want", Ibid, June, 2011
"Ai Weiwei's Ghost", Ibid, June, 2011
"Orozco and the everyday object", Ibid, March, 2011
"Joana Vasconcelos: I will survive", Ibid, September, 2010
"Marc Quinn, Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas", Ibid, May, 2010
"Chris Ofili", Ibid, January, 2010
"Anish Kapoor", Flash Art International and Flash Art Italia, Winter, 2009
"Damien Hirst—the blue paintings", Whitehot Magazine, November, 2009
August 2017 Natural Histories, radio program for BBC4, main focus on live animals in the gallery space.
August 2016 'Conceptions of Plant-Life: An Interview with Caroline Picard, in Badatsports
June 2016 Natural Histories, radio program for BBC4, main focus on Lobsters in art.
March 2016 'Beyond Zoocentrism: An interview with Giovanni Aloi,' in Esse Magazine, n.87, Spring, pp.6-13. Interview by A. de Blois
June 2015 Natural Histories, radio program for BBC4, main focus on Damien Hirst and his use of animals in art.
June 2015 Milkweed Balloon Dispersal Project, CANTVprogram discussing Jenny Kendler's artworks sponsored by NRDC and aiming to raise awareness of the disappearance of monarch butterflies
July 2014 Free Thinking, radio program BBC3, main focus on animals and anthropomorphism in visual culture and literature. Aired on July 15, 2014
March 2014Animal Sounds, radio program on Resonance104.4fm, London, aired on April 4, 2014
January 2013 Royal Pets, TV documentary produced by Back2back Productions. Released in summer 2013
February 2010 Nature Calls, radio program on Resonance104.4fm, London as Invited Guest on the episode Interspecies special, aired on February 12, 2010
September 2009 Nature Calls, radio program, Resonance104.4fm, London as Invited Guest on the Bug in the Machine aired on June 9, 2009
August 2008 Consultant for BBC documentary involving animals in art: Nature of Britain, directed by Alan Titchmarch. Available on DVD—B000VA3JKW
Digital Animalities: This exhibition brings together the work of a number of international artists whose work mobilizes digital technologies to put in question the social uses, understandings, and experiences of animality in a context of technological intensification, environmental degradation and risk culture.
Water Works: Program of performances and artistic interventions in collaboration with NRDC (Natural Resource Defence Center) taking place at Chicago EXPO 22-25 September 2015.
Plants, Animals, Machine, Object!: Program of short films co-curated for Sector 2337, Chicago, 2015
Animals on Film: program of short films curated for ISAZ2012, Cambridge
Animal Acoustics:program in conjunction with the publication of Antennae's issue n.27 titled 'The Acoustic Animal,' 2014
In September 2006, I founded "Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture". The publication combines a heightened level of academic scrutiny of the non-human in the arts, through an experimental format designed to appeal to wide audiences as well as academic communities. It provides a platform for the study of art and science and it encourages the overlap of the professional spheres of artists, scientists, environmental activists, curators, scholars, and general readers. My research focus is on the representation of nature in art with a specialization in the history of natural history and its influence on modern and contemporary art. I have published books on plants and animals and art and taxidermy. Over the past few years, my research has focused on the emerging conception of Anthropocene and its consequences on the field of Human-Animal Studies as well as Posthumanism more in general.
I have been working in Higher Education since 2005. Gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Post-compulsory Education at the Institute of Education in London, and being recognized by the Higher Education Academy as a Fellow Member, has deepened my understanding of educational methods and pedagogical requirements. As a result, implementing a wide range of different theoretical approaches, combined with consistent self-monitoring of class practice, has allowed me to become very confident in my ability to make lectures and seminars engaging, stimulating, informative, and academically sound.
My main goal is to enable all of my students to become independent and critical learners. Visual material is today more accessible and politically charged than ever, therefore my teaching substantially aims at developing an awareness of the ideological and socio-historical backgrounds which partake in the construction of today's visual vocabularies to enrich writing and artistic practices.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.