Professor Irit Rogoff

Staff details

PositionProfessor of Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email i.rogoff (
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7406
Professor Irit Rogoff


Video Links

The Expanded Field: Actors, Agents, Platforms, keynote lecture, 3rd Former West Congress, BAK, Vienna, 2012

A Pantheon of Disenchantment, lecture at Weaving Politics Symposium, Stockholm 2012

Taking Part, lecture at BAK, Utrecht NL 2008

Exhausted Geographies, keynote lecture, Crossing Boundaries Symposium, INIVA, London 2010

Academic qualifications

PhD. Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 1987


My teaching in the Department of Visual Cultures focuses on two areas;

Issues of geography, globalization, post-colonial and post-migratory conditions and their inscription as sites of knowledge production. An annual MA course entitled “Geographies” deals with these issues through theoretical texts and an annual collaborative student project that takes different forms. In 2008 the course investigated urban order through a study of Kings Cross; in 2009 the course project published a book “Market Tales – A Geopolyphony”; in 2010 the project investigated Docklands under the title "Capital Space".
The other area of my teaching is broadly speaking transitions within the contemporary art world as the emergent entities of the audience, the curatorial, the participatory, the self organized and the communal, have become increasingly important to contemporary arts and culture. I direct the ‘think tank’ PH.D in Curatorial / Knowledge, teach periodically on the PH.D. in Research Architecture and in the general PH.D seminar of the Department.

Areas of supervision

I have supervised a wide array of research projects around what we term ‘Global Counter cartographies”; post-coloniality and cultural difference, geography and globalization and alternative spatialities and their practices. Increasingly the dissertations I am advising have been looking at strategies of participation in the contemporary art world, concepts of the curatorial, the communal, the address, the educational turn in curating, and the relations between emergent practices and contemporary understandings of the political.

Papers presented

Numerous keynote addresses and papers delivered at international conferences on contemporary art and cultural difference, museums and participation in contemporary art, and issues of theory and methodology of visual culture.

Research Interests

My practice is one of both academic research as well as in the practices of curating and organizing.

I am interested in untangling the seemingly naturalized relations of subjects and places, in the constitution of sites and spaces that can not be cohered under the proper names on nations, regions, identities or identities and in the cultural and artistic practices that have emerged from mobilities, dislocations and states of extreme and prolonged conflict and the terroristic as the undermine the certainties of belonging, stability and emplacement.

Two books “Terra Infirma – Geography’s Visual Culture” (2001) and “Unbounded – Limits’ Possibilities” (2010) have dealt with such issues as has a major curatorial project “De-Regulation - with the work of Kutlug Ataman “ an exhibition project (Antwerp 2006, Herzilya 2007, Berlin 2010) accompanied by symposia, book and international summer school in ‘Relational Geographies’ Berlin 2010 and funded by the Bundeskuturstiftung. In addition I directed a major AHRC research Center on “Translating the Image – Cross Cultural Contemporary Arts” 2000-2005 with several research fellows (Isaac Julian, Janice Cheddie,) PH.D researchers, conferences and a book “TransCoding” (2010)

Participation and Education

Another aspect of my research is to do with ‘the participatory turn’ in contemporary art and in interventionist and educational practices. My forthcoming book Looking Away – Participating Singularities, Ontological Communities (2011) builds on work I published and curated in recent years and which asks the question on what does it mean to take part in culture beyond the roles that culture allots us for that kind of involvement. Curatorial project linked to this research thematic include “ Academy – Learning and Teaching “ (Vanabbemuseum NL 2006) and “Summit – Non Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture” (Berlin 2007)



Visual Cultures as Seriousness
Butt, Gavin and Rogoff, Irit. 2013. Visual Cultures as Seriousness. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-943365-39-9

Unbounded – Limits’ Possibilities
Rogoff, Irit. 2013. Unbounded – Limits’ Possibilities. New York, Berlin: Lukas & Sternberg. ISBN 978-1-934105-06-1

TRANSCODING – Cross Cultural Contemporary arts
Rogoff, Irit. 2011. TRANSCODING – Cross Cultural Contemporary arts. Walter Koenig Verlag.

Terra Infirma: Geography's Visual Culture
Rogoff, Irit. 2000. Terra Infirma: Geography's Visual Culture. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-09615-7

Edited Book

Museum Culture: Histories, Theories, Spectacles
Rogoff, Irit and Sherman, D, eds. 1994. Museum Culture: Histories, Theories, Spectacles. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-1953-5

Book Section

‘What does a Question do? Micropolitics and Art Education’
Kelly, Susan. 2013. ‘What does a Question do? Micropolitics and Art Education’. In: Irit Rogoff and Jean-Paul Martinon, eds. The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating. London: IB Tauris, pp. 107-112. ISBN 9781780763729

Of birds, rivers and sun strokes on shellac records – witnessing documentary alliances. [Forthcoming]
Wolf, Nicole. 2011. Of birds, rivers and sun strokes on shellac records – witnessing documentary alliances. [Forthcoming]. In: Irit Rogoff and Deepa Naik, eds. TRANSCODING – Cross Cultural Contemporary Arts. Walter Koenig Verlag, Cologne.

Rogoff, Irit. 2009. Geo-cultures. In: Seijdel Jorinde and Gielen Pascal, eds. The Art Biennial as a Global Phenomenon Strategies in Neo-Political Times. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, pp. 120-128. ISBN 978-90-5662-667-9

Neither police, nor pirates
Rogoff, Irit. 2009. Neither police, nor pirates. In: , ed. Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall. Vancouver, BC, and Aarau, Switzerland: Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus, pp. 142-156. ISBN 978-1-895442-79-3

Regional Imaginaries
Rogoff, Irit. 2009. Regional Imaginaries. In: Hossein Amirsadeghi, ed. Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey. London: TransGlobe publishing and Thames and Hudson, pp. 101-114. ISBN 9780500977026

Academy: The Production of Subjectivity
O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2008. Academy: The Production of Subjectivity. In: Irit Rogoff, ed. Academy. Frankfurt: Revolver, pp. 238-244.

Productive anticipation
Rogoff, Irit and Schneider, Florian. 2008. Productive anticipation. In: David Held and Henrietta Moore, eds. Cultural transformations/Cultural politics in a global age: uncertainty, solidarity and globalisation. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, pp. 346-357. ISBN 1851685502

Critical Materialities
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2006. Critical Materialities. In: A. Nollert; Irit Rogoff; B. de Baere; Y. Dziewior; C. Esche; K. Nieman and D. Roelstraete, eds. A.C.A.D.E.M.Y. Revolver, pp. 178-186. ISBN 3865883036

Scholarly Flirtations
Butt, Gavin. 2006. Scholarly Flirtations. In: Angelika Nollert; Irit Rogoff; Bart De Baere and Charles Esche, eds. A.C.A.D.E.M.Y. Berlin: Revolver, pp. 187-192. ISBN 3865883036

Academy as Potentiality
Rogoff, Irit. 2006. Academy as Potentiality. In: , ed. A.C.A.D.E.M.Y. Revolver.

Looking Away—Participations in Visual Culture
Rogoff, Irit. 2005. Looking Away—Participations in Visual Culture. In: Gavin Butt, ed. After Criticism—New Responses to Art and Perfomance. Blackwell, pp. 117-134. ISBN 0631232842

The Where of Now
Rogoff, Irit. 2004. The Where of Now. In: G. Muir and J. Morgan, eds. Time Zones—Recent Film and Video. Tate, pp. 84-99. ISBN 1854375490

Engendering Terror
Rogoff, Irit. 2003. Engendering Terror. In: Ursula Biemann, ed. Geography and the Politics of mobility. Vienna and Cologne: Generali Foundation and Walter Koenig, pp. 48-64. ISBN 390110738X

‘What is a Theorist’
Rogoff, Irit. 2003. ‘What is a Theorist’. In: , ed. Was ist ein Kunstler. Berlin: UNSPECIFIED.

'We - Mutualities, Collectivities, Participations'
Rogoff, Irit. 2002. 'We - Mutualities, Collectivities, Participations'. In: , ed. I Promise its Political. Cologne: Museum Ludwig.

'Not There Of,'
Rogoff, Irit. 2001. 'Not There Of,'. In: , ed. ARS 2001, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Helsinki: UNSPECIFIED.

'Spaces of Disavowal'
Rogoff, Irit. 2000. 'Spaces of Disavowal'. In: , ed. Unhomed. Norway: Kunst Museum Trondheim.

"Body Missing" - Uncanny Histories and Cultural Hauntings'
Rogoff, Irit. 2000. "Body Missing" - Uncanny Histories and Cultural Hauntings'. In: , ed. Kunst Als Beute. Vienna: Sigrid Schade.

'On Getting Lost'
Rogoff, Irit. 2000. 'On Getting Lost'. In: , ed. Lost. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery.

'Words in the Middle'
Rogoff, Irit. 2000. 'Words in the Middle'. In: , ed. Writing the Image. I.B.Tauris, pp. 109-119. ISBN 978-1860644740

'How to Dress for an Exhibition'
Rogoff, Irit. 1998. 'How to Dress for an Exhibition'. In: , ed. Stopping the Process? Comtemporary views on art and exhibitions. NIFCA. ISBN 978-9519792705

'Studying Visual Culture'
Rogoff, Irit. 1998. 'Studying Visual Culture'. In: , ed. The Visual Culture Reader. London: Routledge, pp. 24-36. ISBN 978-0415782623

'In the Empire of the Object - the Geographies of Ana Mendieta'
Rogoff, Irit. 1997. 'In the Empire of the Object - the Geographies of Ana Mendieta'. In: , ed. Outsiders - Studies in Cultural Marginality. New York: Cambridge University Press.

‘The African Revolution Becomes Something Else’
Gray, Ros. ‘The African Revolution Becomes Something Else’. In: Irit Rogoff, ed. Translating the Image. UNSPECIFIED.

Respondent to Renée Green
Gray, Ros. Respondent to Renée Green. In: Irit Rogoff, ed. Fieldwork. UNSPECIFIED.


Rogoff, Irit. 2010. FREE. e-flux journal, 14(3), pp. 1-11. ISSN n/a

De-regulation: With the work of Kutlug Ataman
Rogoff, Irit. 2009. De-regulation: With the work of Kutlug Ataman. Third Text, 23(2), pp. 165-179. ISSN 0952-8822

Rogoff, Irit. 2008. Turning. e-flux journal, 1, E1-E10.

Unfolding the critical
Rogoff, Irit and Stahre, Ulrike. 2008. Unfolding the critical. Paletten: journal of art, design and crafts, 272(2),

'Inside/Out' (A dossier of writings on Edward Said's influence on Art History and contemporary Art)
Rogoff, Irit. 1999. 'Inside/Out' (A dossier of writings on Edward Said's influence on Art History and contemporary Art). Art Journal,

Looking Away: Participating Singularities – Ontological Communities
Rogoff, Irit. Looking Away: Participating Singularities – Ontological Communities. MIT,

‘De-regulation: Kutlug Ataman and Irit Rogoff in conversation.’
Rogoff, Irit. ‘De-regulation: Kutlug Ataman and Irit Rogoff in conversation.’.


Rogoff, Irit; Esche, Charles and Niemann, Kerstin. 2006. A.C.A.D.E.M.Y. UNDEFINED 16/09/2006 - 16/12/2006.