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Centre for Cultural Studies

Dr Josephine Berry-Slater

Position held:
Lab Lecturer - MA Culture Industry

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I joined the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2008 after developing a rich set of critical and practical tools for analysing and participating in cultural production as an editor, writer and events organiser. I have worked as an editor for the cultural politics magazine Mute since 1995 which has developed into a crucial and much valued resource for those wishing to think through cultural and technological questions in the midst post-internet globalisation. My PhD thesis was one of the first to address net art and considered the ways in which computer networks participate in art's redefinition after Duchamp and the demise of the artwork's aura, originality and siting in gallery space. As the fall out of New Labour era regeneration programmes started to reveal a different face of globalisation, with cities being turned into branded investment opportunities for international capital, my interest turned to the politics of aesthetics at the fulcrum of the 'creative economy'. This has led me into a longer research project involving the relationship between creativity, life and power. I have since developed an option course for CCS entitled Biopolitics and Aesthetics which I have been teaching since 2010

Selected publications

2012, 'The Ghosts of Participation Past', a review of Claire Bishop's Artificial Hells, Mute, http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/ghosts-participation-past

2012, 'Orgy of the Non-Self', a review of Yayoi Kusama, Mute, http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/orgy-nonself

2007: ‘Un-deleting the World: Art at the Poles’ in This Will Not Happen Without You: From the Collective Archive of the Basement Group, Projects UK and Locus+ (1977-2007)

2006: ‘Unassignable Leakage’, in Curating Immateriality, (ed) Joasia Krysa, Autonomedia

2003: ‘Human, all too Posthuman? Net Art and its Critics’, Tate Online, [http://www.tate.org.uk/netart/humanposthuman.htm]

2002, 'Countdown to Zero, Count up to Now: an Interview with APG', (together with Pauline van Mourik Broekman), in Mute Vol 1, No. 25 (Winter/Spring 2003), http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/countdown-to-zero-count-to-now-interview-artist-placement-group

2002: ‘Bare Code: Net Art and the Free Software Movement’, on the occasion of the NetArtCommons exhibition, Gallery 9/ Walker Art, http://netartcommons.walkerart.org/article.pl?sid=02/05/08/0615215

2001, 'Repeat and Win: A Brief History of Net Art', Mute, http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/repeat-and-win

2000: ‘Another Orwellian Misnomer? Tactical Art in Virtual Space’, Inventory, No. 2, London, 2000

1998-1999: ‘What is to be Screened? Net Utopias and their Discontents’, Afterall, pilot issue, London




No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City, co-authored with Anthony Iles, Mute Books, 2010



Proud to Be Flesh: A Mute Anthology, co-edited with Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Mute Books, 2009.

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