Dr Wood Roberdeau

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
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Dr Wood Roberdeau

Wood Roberdeau’s current teaching and research concentrates on art theory and practice within the wider environmental humanities; his work is informed by the spatial theme of dwelling and new concepts of political ecology after twentieth century eco-criticism. Wood co-chairs the Critical Ecologies research stream, as part of Technologies, Worlds, Politics.

Past research has investigated the tenets of the American and European neo-avant-gardes so as to explore contemporary art’s remobilization of everyday poetics by locating corresponding tensions within sociology, phenomenology and metaphysics. Questions concerning human subjectivity and agency, as well as the ontology of objects and materiality, have since led to a focus on Geopoetics and the activation of visual art within philosophical post-humanism. 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2008
  • MA, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, 2002
  • BA, French Literature, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 1999


Wood teaches Conceptual Ecologies, a core course on the MA in Contemporary Art Theory. For the BA in History of Art and BA in Fine Art/History of Art, he convenes Space & Time (year 1), Inhabitations (year 2) and Cohabitations (year 2). Past BA teaching has included core module Introduction to Art History (year 1), London Art Worlds (study abroad students), Postmodernities (years 2 and 3) and core module Contemporaneities (year 2). From 2016-2019, he takes up the key departmental role of Chair of Learning and Teaching. 

Areas of supervision

Projects that connect with the following thematic research clusters in the department of Visual Cultures are welcome: Environmental Humanities and Ecologies; Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory; Political Aesthetics.

Professional activites

Wood is a member of the following learned societies: Association of Art Historians; Centre for Studies of Home; Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network; Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.

Featured work

  • 'Time and Environment in The Survivalist', Society for Literature, Science and the Arts 31st Annual Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, 9-12 November, 2017
  • ‘Nature vs. Culture: Xenotext and the Poetic Limit’, After Biopolitics, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts 29th Annual Conference, Rice University, Houston, 12-15 November, 2015
  • What Does Climate Change? 80 Years of Environmental Politics – Left and Right, Platypus Affiliated Society, Goldsmiths, 23 October, 2015
  • Critical Environments, co-curated with Lynn Turner, Visual Cultures Public Programme, Goldsmiths, Spring Term, 2015
  • ‘Readymade Rurality and Ecological Non-knowledge: Imagining the Art Farm’, Re-imagining Rurality, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, London, 27-28 February, 2015
  • ‘Sites of Vital Materiality: Art History’s Apiaries and Ecologies of Everyday Life’, Art History and Ecology, Association of Art Historians 40th Anniversary Conference, Royal College of Art, London, 10-12 April, 2014
  • ‘Centralizing the Periphery: Social Art, Eco-aesthetics and Liminal Space’, Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian, University of York, York, 26-27 September, 2013

Research Interests

Wood's research interests that constellate around visual cultures are as follows: Environmental Studies; Everyday Aesthetics; Domesticities; Political Ecologies (particularly the work of Guattari and Latour); Phenomenology and Speculative Realism (particularly re-readings of Heidegger); Sociology (particularly the work of Lefebvre)



Book Section

'Untitled, 1982-1983', 'Biography'
Roberdeau, Wood. 2004. 'Untitled, 1982-1983', 'Biography'. In: , ed. Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas. Dallas Museum of Art: Yale University Press.

‘Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #398’
Roberdeau, Wood. 2003. ‘Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #398’. In: , ed. Dallas Museum of Art: 100 Years. Dallas Museum of Art.

‘Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled’
Roberdeau, Wood. 2003. ‘Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled’. In: , ed. Dallas Museum of Art: 100 Years. Dallas Museum of Art.


Kurt Schwitters and 27 Senses: Resonances in Norway, England and Time
Roberdeau, Wood. 2017. Kurt Schwitters and 27 Senses: Resonances in Norway, England and Time. Dada/Surrealism, 21, ISSN 0084-9537

A Withdrawing Vital Material
Roberdeau, Wood. 2017. A Withdrawing Vital Material. TAKE on art magazine, 3(1),

You Must Carry Me Now: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson
Roberdeau, Wood. 2016. You Must Carry Me Now: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, ISSN 1756-9575

Gastronomic Worldviews of Transubstantiation
Roberdeau, Wood. 2013. Gastronomic Worldviews of Transubstantiation. Parallax, 19(1), pp. 128-131. ISSN 1353-4645

Meal Time as Medium: Duration and the work of AO&
Roberdeau, Wood. 2012. Meal Time as Medium: Duration and the work of AO&. Performance Research, 17(5), pp. 130-134. ISSN 1352-8165

Poetic Recuperations: The Ideology and Praxis of Nouveau Réalisme
Roberdeau, Wood. 2012. Poetic Recuperations: The Ideology and Praxis of Nouveau Réalisme. Journal of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art,

Going Public by Boris Groys
Roberdeau, Wood. 2011. Going Public by Boris Groys. Art & the Public Sphere, 1(2), pp. 229-233.

Developing the Negative
Roberdeau, Wood. 2011. Developing the Negative. Philosophy of Photography, 2(1), pp. 169-173. ISSN 2040-3682

Immanence as Aesthetic Documentation
Roberdeau, Wood. 2010. Immanence as Aesthetic Documentation. rubric: document(3), pp. 10-14.

Ordinary Origins: Encountering Others Encountering Objects
Roberdeau, Wood. 2009. Ordinary Origins: Encountering Others Encountering Objects. rubric: nascent(1), pp. 6-9.


The Ecological
Roberdeau, Wood. 2013. The Ecological.

Printed Ephemera

Roberdeau, Wood. 2015. Poetic|Baroque|Differential.

Quiet Totemism
Roberdeau, Wood. 2014. Quiet Totemism.

'Happiness Is Closer than You Think'
Roberdeau, Wood. 2010. 'Happiness Is Closer than You Think'.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Talo/The House
Roberdeau, Wood. 2002. Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Talo/The House.

Mona Hatoum, Roni Horn, Teresita Fernández
Roberdeau, Wood. 2000. Mona Hatoum, Roni Horn, Teresita Fernández.