Dr Edgar Schmitz

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Critical Studies)
Department Art
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Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5181
Dr Edgar Schmitz

Edgar Schmitz is an artist and a lecturer in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths. He serves as the co-director of A Conversation in Many Parts, an international discursive platform for contemporary art and concepts. Recent exhibitions include British Art Show 7 – In The Days of the Comet at Hayward Gallery and touring (2010/11), extra added bonus material, FormContent (2010), Dictionary of War, Steirischer Herbst Graz (2006); A-C-A-D-E-M-Y, Vanabbemuseum Eindhoven (2006); and Liam Gillick: ‘Edgar Schmitz’, ICA London (2005).

Edgar has also written extensively on contemporary art, with contributions to Kunstforum international, Texte zur Kunst and artforum as well as contemporary, tema celeste and numerous catalogue essays, including texts on Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Phil Collins, on Brian Jungen’s animalities, on humour in Deleuze and Slominski, and on Sarah Morris’ LA. His book on Ambient attitudes is under negotiation with Sternberg Press, Berlin/ NY.



Surplus Cameo Decor: sindanao 2
Schmitz, Edgar. 2015. Surplus Cameo Decor: sindanao 2. In: "Surplus Cameo Decor: sindanao 2", Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China, 28.6.-9.8.2015.

Schmitz, Edgar. 2010. Soundtrack. In: "British Art Show 7. In The Days of the Comet", Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, Castle Museum, Nottingham, United Kingdom, October 2010 - December 2011.

Curating Architecture
Phillips, Andrea and Schmitz, Edgar. 2008. Curating Architecture. In: "Curating Architecture", The Showroom, London, United Kingdom.

Art Object

Surplus Cameo Decor
Schmitz, Edgar. 2012. Surplus Cameo Decor.

Book Section

Which Way to Heaven?
Schmitz, Edgar. 2010. Which Way to Heaven? In: Lisa Le Feuvre, ed. Failure. Whitechapel/ MIT. ISBN 978-0-262-51477-4

Traps Against Capture
Schmitz, Edgar. 2010. Traps Against Capture. In: Simon D. O'Sullivan and Stephen Zepke, eds. Deleuze and Contemporary Art. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 208-224. ISBN 978-0748638383

Some Turn and Some Don't (On Set-Ups)
Schmitz, Edgar. 2010. Some Turn and Some Don't (On Set-Ups). In: Paul o'Neill and Mick Wilson, eds. Curating and the Educational Turn. London/ Amsterdam: Open Editions/ de Appel. ISBN 978-0-949004-18-5

Edited Book

Hubs and Fictions. On Current Art and Imported Remoteness
Schmitz, Edgar and Hao, Sophia Yadong, eds. 2016. Hubs and Fictions. On Current Art and Imported Remoteness. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-95679-025-6