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Dr Jorella Andrews

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Visual Cultures
Email j.g.andrews (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7070
Dr Jorella Andrews

Having trained as a fine artist and then as an art theorist, Dr Jorella Andrews' academic work focuses on the relations between philosophical inquiry, the image-world, and art practice, with a particular emphasis on phenomenology (notably the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty). She is also more broadly engaged with debates in contemporary continental aesthetics and in the field of material culture, where her interests are directed towards practices and theories of ornamentation in art, art theory, architecture, design and craft. Current works-in-progress include The Question of Painting: Re-thinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty (Bloomsbury 2017), an editorial project, The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Continental Aesthetics (Routledge 2019), and a collaborative research venture, co-facilitated with the New York painter Leah Durner, titled Immeasurable Extravagance: Proposals for an Economy of Abundance in an Age of Scarcity—our first event will take place at the College Art Association Conference, New York, February 2017.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Art Theory, Essex University (1997): Merleau-Ponty and the Question of Painting
  • MA in Art Theory, Essex University (1992): Merleau-Ponty on Intersubjectivity
  • BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking, Central School of Art, London (1984)

Teaching

Dr Andrews team-teaches a first year module called ‘Seeing and Showing’. For the last three years she has also been teaching two thematically inter-related undergraduate modules on the topics of ‘Ornamentation’ and ‘Materiality’ in which questions of aesthetics and the politics of style are at issue. Her graduate teaching (currently the Visual Cultures PhD Seminar) is in the area of continental aesthetics where she is particularly interested in notions of what an ‘aesthetic education’, especially a phenomenologically-orientated 'aesthetic education', might consist of today.

Areas of supervision

The PhD dissertations Dr Andrews has supervised have covered a range of topics but are united in having a common orientation (sometimes overt, sometimes more implicit) towards phenomenological themes and. A recently completed PhD focused on questions of corporeality and meaning explored through a Merleau-Pontean ontology of the flesh, and through practices of physical theatre and Butoh. A current student is drawing on critical theory and contemporary art practices in order to examine the branding of supranational power with a particular focus on the UN.

Research Interests

Having trained as a fine artist, worked in video production, and then re-trained as an art theorist, I am interested in the relations between philosophical inquiry, the image-world, and art practice, with a particular emphasis on phenomenology and the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. My most recent publication on this topic is Showing Off! A Philosophy of Image, Bloomsbury, 2014.

More generally, I am curious about twentieth-century and contemporary visual culture in all of its diversity and am the editor of the Visual Cultures as… series published by Sternberg Press, the first three titles of which were released in 2013 and a fourth, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer's Visual Cultures as Opportunity, in 2016. Four new titles are forthcoming. I have also written two books working collaboratively with illustrators aimed at non-academic audiences: This is Cézanne (2015) with Patrick Vale and This is Rembrandt (2016) with Nick Higgins, both part of Laurence King Publishing’s This is… series.

My forthcoming monograph is The Question of Painting: Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty (Bloomsbury, 2017). It examines the paradigmatic role of painting within Merleau-Ponty philosophical attempts to contravene the authority of Cartesian dualism and objectivist thought—an authority that continues to limit present-day intellectual, imaginative, and ethical possibilities. In this book, I bring Merleau-Ponty's insights into conversation with contemporary debates about the ethical and political value of painting which is still, all too often today, regarded as an ineffectual medium from the perspective of social and political engagement.

Other works-in-progress include an editorial project, The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Continental Aesthetics (Routledge 2019) and a collaborative research venture co-facilitated with the New York painter Leah Durner titled Immeasurable Extravagance: Proposals for an Economy of Abundance in an Age of Scarcity (our first event will be our College Art Association Panel, New York City, February 2017).

I also have a longstanding interest in seventeenth-century Dutch art.

Publications

Book

The Question of Painting: Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2017. The Question of Painting: Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty. London: Bloomsbury.

This is Rembrandt
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2016. This is Rembrandt. London: Laurence King. ISBN 9781780677453

This is Cézanne
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2015. This is Cézanne. London: Laurence King Publishing. ISBN 978-1780674780

Showing Off: A Philosophy of Image
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2014. Showing Off: A Philosophy of Image. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781848858923

Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects
Andrews, Jorella G. and O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2013. Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-943365-38-2

Edited Book

Visual Cultures as Opportunity
Andrews, Jorella G., ed. 2016. Visual Cultures as Opportunity. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 3956791002

Visual Cultures as Seriousness
Andrews, Jorella G., ed. 2013. Visual Cultures as Seriousness. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-943365-39-9

Visual Cultures As Recollection
Andrews, Jorella G., ed. 2013. Visual Cultures As Recollection. Berlin: Sternberg. ISBN 978-3-943365-40-5

Book Section

The Socialities of Things
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2016. The Socialities of Things. In: Barbara Kapusta; Rocco Pagel and Jenni Tischer, eds. Dinge und Dialoge. Berlin and Vienna: Saprophyt, pp. 10-15.

Intending Objects and “Signs which have no meaning”
Andrews, Jorella G. and O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2013. Intending Objects and “Signs which have no meaning”. In: Jorella G. Andrews, ed. Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-943365-38-2

Contemporary Art, "Counter-Environmentalism," and the Politics of A-Signification
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2011. Contemporary Art, "Counter-Environmentalism," and the Politics of A-Signification. In: Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, eds. Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, pp. 43-58. ISBN 978-3-8376-1847-1

‘How to be counter-environmental: art, research and the techniques of discovery’
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2010. ‘How to be counter-environmental: art, research and the techniques of discovery’. In: José Quaresma, ed. Research in Art: A Forest, Many Paths. Lisbon: Edição CIEBA, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, pp. 180-203.

Vision, Violence and the Other: A Merleau-Pontean Ethics
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2007. Vision, Violence and the Other: A Merleau-Pontean Ethics. In: G. Weiss and D. Olkowski, eds. Feminist Interpretations of Merleau-Ponty. Penn State University Press, pp. 167-182. ISBN 027102917X

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

Losing Labels and Liking It
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2006. Losing Labels and Liking It. In: Heather Maitland, ed. Navigating Difference: cultural diversity and audience development. London: Arts Council England, pp. 141-147. ISBN 9780728710771

Painterly Transubstantiations/Political Change
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2004. Painterly Transubstantiations/Political Change. In: A. Tymieniecka, ed. Metamorphosis: Creative Imagination in Fine Arts Between Life-Projects and Human Aesthetic Aspirations: 81 (Analecta Husserliana). Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 141-151. ISBN 9781402017094

Identity - An Introduction
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2002. Identity - An Introduction. In: Rasheed Araeen; Sean Cubitt and Ziauddin Sardar, eds. The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory. London and New York: Continuum, pp. 135-137. ISBN 9780826458506

Post Theory - An Introduction
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2002. Post Theory - An Introduction. In: Rasheed Araeen and Ziauddin Sardar, eds. The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory. London and New York: Continuum, pp. 229-232. ISBN 9780826458506

Maria Sibylla Merian: Collecting Metamorphosis
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2001. Maria Sibylla Merian: Collecting Metamorphosis. In: G. Ecker; M. Stange and U. Vedder, eds. Sammeln, Ausstellen, Wegwerfen. Ulrike Helmer Verlag, pp. 71-89. ISBN 3897410702

Dispossessing the Land
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2001. Dispossessing the Land. In: , ed. Landscape Trauma in the Age of Scopophilia. London: Autograph, pp. 57-63. ISBN 1 899282 80 7

The Virtual Intersection: A Meditation on Domestic Virtue
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2000. The Virtual Intersection: A Meditation on Domestic Virtue. In: Fran Lloyd and Catherine O'Brien, eds. Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places: Re-thinking Culture. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 171-183. ISBN 9781571817884

Cutting the Line: The Late Works of Matisse Discussed from a Merleau-Pontean Perspective
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1998. Cutting the Line: The Late Works of Matisse Discussed from a Merleau-Pontean Perspective. In: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, ed. The Reincarnating Mind, or the Ontopoietic Outburst in Creative Virtualities. 53 Springer Netherlands, pp. 335-343. ISBN 978-94-010-6055-4

Renegotiating the Familiar, Inhabiting the Strange: The Installations of Permindar Kaur
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1997. Renegotiating the Familiar, Inhabiting the Strange: The Installations of Permindar Kaur. In: , ed. Crosscurrents/Krysninger. Norway: Riksutstillinger/National Touring Exhibitions, Norway, pp. 19-21.

Article

The Photographic Stare
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2011. The Photographic Stare. Philosophy of Photography, 2(1), pp. 41-56. ISSN 20403682

Easels and Amazons (‘Amazons of the Avant‐Garde’)
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2000. Easels and Amazons (‘Amazons of the Avant‐Garde’). Third Text, 50, pp. 109-113. ISSN 0952-8822

Telling tales: Five contemporary women artists from India
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1998. Telling tales: Five contemporary women artists from India. Third Text, 43, pp. 81-89. ISSN 0952-8822

Conference or Workshop Item

Immeasurable Extravagance: Proposals for an Economy of Abundance in an Age of Scarcity
Andrews, Jorella G. and Durner, Leah. 2016. 'Immeasurable Extravagance: Proposals for an Economy of Abundance in an Age of Scarcity'. In: Panel at CAA (College Art Association) Conference 2017. New York Hilton Midtown, NYC, United States 15 February 2017.

‘Where is called Thinking?’
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2016. '‘Where is called Thinking?’'. In: Series: HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political. AA (Architectural Association) School, London, United Kingdom 4 March 2016.

Appearance is Everything: Phenomenology, art and critical enquiry
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2007. 'Appearance is Everything: Phenomenology, art and critical enquiry'. In: Institut für Kultur und Kunstwissenschaften. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Phenomenologies/Perceptions/Interpretations
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2007. 'Phenomenologies/Perceptions/Interpretations'. In: International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference. University of Cyprus.

Critical Materialities
Andrews, Jorella G. and Osborne, Peter. 2007. 'Critical Materialities'. In: Day Seminar: Research and the matter of art: ‘Thinking by Doing’ and a Materialist’s Method. Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom 21 February 2007.

'Showing Off': A Merleau-Pontean Approach to the Ethical
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2005. ''Showing Off': A Merleau-Pontean Approach to the Ethical'. In: IAPL (International Association for Philosophy and Literature) Conference 2005. Chiasmatic Encounters. Special Panel: 'Bodily Écarts : Encountering Merleau-Ponty in the 21st Century'. University of Helsinki, Finland 2-8 June 2005.

Intending objects and signs ”which have no meaning”
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2004. 'Intending objects and signs ”which have no meaning”'. In: Presentation. Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom.

Field Work: Reports from the Field of Visual Culture
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2003. 'Field Work: Reports from the Field of Visual Culture'. In: Field Work: Reports from the Field of Visual Culture. Victoria Miro Gallery.

Of Ethics and Intermundane Space
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2002. 'Of Ethics and Intermundane Space'. In: IAPL (International Association for Philosophy and Literature) Conference 2002 - Intermedialities. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands 3-8 June 2002.

Painterly Transubstantiations/Political Change
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2002. 'Painterly Transubstantiations/Political Change'. In: Seventh Annual Meeting of the International Society for Phenomenology, Aesthetics and the Fine Arts. Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, United States 10-12 May 2002.

'Phenomenological Orientations: Art/Perception/Ethics'
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2002. ''Phenomenological Orientations: Art/Perception/Ethics''. In: The Future Past of Visual Culture (Conference 1). Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom.

'The Dance of the Hand: The Material Space of Language'
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2001. ''The Dance of the Hand: The Material Space of Language''. In: Presentation. Central St. Martins College of Art, London, United Kingdom.

Dis-alienation and the Eye
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2001. 'Dis-alienation and the Eye'. In: Exils/Exiles - 2001. Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, United Kingdom.

Moufida Tlatli's "The Silences of the Palace": A Cartography of Servitude.
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2000. 'Moufida Tlatli's "The Silences of the Palace": A Cartography of Servitude.'. In: Geographies of Home Conference. University College London, United Kingdom.

Vision, Violence and the Other: A Merleau-Pontean Ethics
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2000. 'Vision, Violence and the Other: A Merleau-Pontean Ethics'. In: The 25th Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle. Washington DC, United States.

The Creative Circuit: The Experience of Cultural Translation
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2000. 'The Creative Circuit: The Experience of Cultural Translation'. In: The Creative Circuit: The Experience of Cultural Translation. Victoria & Albert Museum.

'Performing Space'
Andrews, Jorella G.. 2000. ''Performing Space''. In: Inhabiting Technology Conference,. ICA London.

Maria Sibylla Merian: Collecting Metamorphosis
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1999. 'Maria Sibylla Merian: Collecting Metamorphosis'. In: Workshop: Sammeln und Ausstellen. Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. University of Paderborn, Germany.

Staying Embodied: Merleau-Ponty, Integrated Being and the Creation of New Structures
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1999. 'Staying Embodied: Merleau-Ponty, Integrated Being and the Creation of New Structures'. In: The 1999 International Conference of the Merleau-Ponty Circle. Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom.

The Dance of the Hand: on gestural writing, epistemology and creativity
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1999. 'The Dance of the Hand: on gestural writing, epistemology and creativity'. In: Talk. Central St. Martins College of Art, London, United Kingdom.

Maria Sibylla Merian: Painting the Microcosm
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1999. 'Maria Sibylla Merian: Painting the Microcosm'. In: Association of Art Historians 1999 Conference. Southampton, United Kingdom.

'The Forensic Aesthetic: Iconographies of Violence
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1999. ''The Forensic Aesthetic: Iconographies of Violence'. In: Presentation. . Central St. Martins, London, United Kingdom.

Pacific Asia Cultural Studies Forum Conference
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1999. 'Pacific Asia Cultural Studies Forum Conference'. In: Pacific Asia Cultural Studies Forum Conference. Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Virtual Intersection: Pieter de Hooch's Woman with a Broom and Pail in a Courtyard
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1998. 'The Virtual Intersection: Pieter de Hooch's Woman with a Broom and Pail in a Courtyard'. In: Secret Spaces, Forbidden Places (international colloquium). Herstmonceux Castle, United Kingdom.

Merleau-Ponty, non-philosophy and painting
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1998. 'Merleau-Ponty, non-philosophy and painting'. In: Talk. Central St. Martins, London, United Kingdom.

Story-Time: An exhibition of artists living in Israel/Palestine
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1998. 'Story-Time: An exhibition of artists living in Israel/Palestine'. In: Story-Time: An exhibition of artists living in Israel/Palestine. Candid Arts Gallery, London.

Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology and Processes of Describing
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1997. 'Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology and Processes of Describing'. In: Presentation. Kingston University, United Kingdom.

Instabilities, Uncertainties, Aliens: A Perspective upon our Searches for Security
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1997. 'Instabilities, Uncertainties, Aliens: A Perspective upon our Searches for Security'. In: Presentation. University of Oslo, Ethnographic Museum, Norway.

Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Criticism
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1997. 'Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Criticism'. In: Presentation. Essex University, United Kingdom.

Matisse, Merleau-Ponty and the Search for Depth
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1997. 'Matisse, Merleau-Ponty and the Search for Depth'. In: Aesthetics: A Day School in Philosophy. Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom.

Cutting the Line: The Late Works of Matisse Discussed from a Merleau-Pontean Perspective
Andrews, Jorella G.. 1995. 'Cutting the Line: The Late Works of Matisse Discussed from a Merleau-Pontean Perspective'. In: World Phenomenology Congress. Guadalajara, Mexico.