Dr Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email i.marrero (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 020 7919 7352
Dr Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

Dr Isaac Marrero-Guillamón's work is concerned with the entanglements between politics and aesthetics. He is interested in how activism, artistic practice and cultural artefacts may contribute to the production of new conditions of possibility for collectives. He has explored this ethnographically, focusing on conflicts and controversies in which a given state of affairs is ruptured and new distributions of expertise, entitlement and participation are enacted.

His first two projects were situated in the context of ex-industrial areas affected by state-led urban renewal plans. In Barcelona, he studied the struggle against the eviction and demolition of the Can Ricart factory, a process which entailed, among other things, the forging of a working alliance between heterogenous groups, the deployment of a range of political tactics and objects, and the (re)invention of the factory as a valuable heritage building through the mobilisation of alternative expert knowledge. 

In London, he studied how art generated spaces of dissent in relation to the transformation of the East End brought about by the 2012 Olympic Games. In a context of widespread consensus regarding the value of the mega-event, certain artistic projects became platforms for the gathering of ostracised parties, unseen images and unheard utterances which challenged the discourse of Olympic-led 'regeneration'. 

He is currently working on his third ethnography, which focuses on the controversy surrounding Mount Tindaya (Fuerteventura), where a land art project consisting in digging a vast cubic cave inside the mountain, backed by the state, entered into conflict with a grassroots campaign for the protection of the natural and cultural environment, including the mountain's pre-Hispanic archeological remains.

In the course of these projects, he has experimented with a range of visual and collaborative methodologies, including film, photography, public events, textual objects and exhibitions.


Dr Isaac Marrero-Guillamón convenes the MA in Visual Anthropology

He teaches on the following courses:

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Art II
  • Critique, Theory and Representation


Edited Book

Powell, Hilary and Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac, eds. 2012. The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State. London: Marshgate Press. ISBN 9780957294301

Book Section

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2017. Expert knowledge and community participation in urban planning: the case of post-Olympic Hackney Wick. In: Phil Cohen and Paul Watt, eds. London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy? UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 205-301. ISBN 978-1-137-48946-3

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2016. The politics and aesthetics of assembling: (un)building the common in Hackney Wick, London. In: Anders Blok and Ignacio Farias, eds. Urban Cosmopolitics: Agencements, assemblies, atmospheres. Oxford; New York: Routledge, pp. 125-146. ISBN 9781138813410

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2012. Por una teoría del actor-red menor: perspectivismo y monadología. In: Francisco Tirado and Daniel López, eds. Teoría el actor-red. Más allá de los estudios de ciencia y tecnología. Barcelona: Amentia, pp. 331-355. ISBN 84-938318-8-3


Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2019. Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Invention. American Anthropologist, 121(1), pp. 220-228. ISSN 0002-7294

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2018. The Politics and Aesthetics of Non-Representation: Re-Imagining Ethnographic Cinema with Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Antípoda. Revista de Antropología y Arqueología(33), pp. 13-32.

Rodríguez-Giralt, Israel; Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac and Milstein, Denise. 2018. Reassembling activism, activating assemblages: an introduction. Social Movement Studies, 17(3), pp. 257-268. ISSN 1474-2837

Latour, Bruno; Milstein, Denise; Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac and Rodríguez-Giralt, Israel. 2018. Down to earth social movements: an interview with Bruno Latour. Social Movement Studies, 17(3), pp. 353-361. ISSN 1474-2837

Marrero Guillamón, Isaac. 2016. Objetos textuales y dispositivos colaborativos: de la etnografía como plataforma pública. Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares, 71(1), pp. 31-38. ISSN 0034-7981

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2015. Monadology and ethnography: Towards a Tardian monadic. Ethnography, 16(2), pp. 240-261. ISSN 1466-1381

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2014. Together apart: Hackney Wick, the Olympic site and relational art. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 18(4), pp. 367-376. ISSN 1359-1355

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2013. Actor-Network Theory, Gabriel Tarde and the Study of an Urban Social Movement: The Case of Can Ricart, Barcelona. Qualitative Sociology, 36(4), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0162-0436

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2012. Photography against the Olympic spectacle. Visual Studies, 27(2), pp. 132-139. ISSN 1472-586X

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2012. Descentrar el sujeto: Erving Goffman y la teorización del sujeto. Revista Internacional de Sociología, 70(2), pp. 311-326. ISSN 0034-9712

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2011. London 2012: espacio de excepción. urbe. Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana (Brazilian Journal of Urban Management), 3(2), pp. 177-188. ISSN 2175-3369


Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2018. Tindaya Variations.