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.
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.
- 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 currently teaches on the BA History of Art and BA Fine Art/History of Art and convenes the core module Contemporaneities (year 2). Other modules include Space & Time (year 1), Inhabitations (year 2) and Cohabitations (year 2). Past teaching has included core module Introduction to Art History (year 1), London Art Worlds (study abroad students) and Postmodernities (years 2 and 3). 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.
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.
- ‘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
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)
You Must Carry Me Now: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson
Roberdeau, Wood. 19 April 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
Kurt Schwitters and 27 Senses: Contemporary Resonances in Norway and England
Roberdeau, Wood. 2016. Kurt Schwitters and 27 Senses: Contemporary Resonances in Norway and England. Dada/Surrealism, 21, ISSN 0084-9537
Poetic Recuperations: The Ideology and Praxis of Nouveau Réalisme
Roberdeau, Wood. 10 August 2012. Poetic Recuperations: The Ideology and Praxis of Nouveau Réalisme. Journal of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art,
Ordinary Origins: Encountering Others Encountering Objects
Roberdeau, Wood. 2009. Ordinary Origins: Encountering Others Encountering Objects. rubric: nascent(1), pp. 6-9.