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

My work is broadly concerned with the entanglements between politics and aesthetics. I explore this ethnographically, focusing on conflicts and controversies in which diverse forms of activism and aesthetic practice produce a rupture in a given state of affairs, and new conditions of possibility, participation and expertise are enacted.

Research interests

My latest project is a multimodal exploration of the controversy surrounding the mountain of Tindaya (Fuerteventura, Canary Islands) – a mountain which is at once a listed indigenous archaeological site, a protected environment, a mining resource and the designated location of a monumental work of public art. I am interested in how this multiplicity speaks to conflicting understandings of heritage, nature and progress. The project has resulted in the film Tindaya Variations, a companion website and a series of forthcoming publications.

My previous work was situated in the context of ex-industrial areas affected by state-led urban renewal plans. In Barcelona, I 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, I 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'.

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


Edited Book

Rodríguez-Giralt, Israel; Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac and Milstein, Denise, eds. 2019. Reassembling activism, activating assemblages. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367336103

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 . 2018. Making Fieldwork Public: Repurposing Ethnography as a Hosting Platform in Hackney Wick, London. In: Adolfo Estalella and Tomás Sánchez-Criado, eds. Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography through Fieldwork Devices. New York: Berghahn. ISBN 9781785338533

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


Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac . 2021. More than a mountain: the contentious multiplicity of Tindaya (Fuerteventura, Canary Islands). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, ISSN 1359-0987

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac . 2020. Monumental suspension: Art, Infrastructure and Eduardo Chillida’s unbuilt Monument to Tolerance. Social Analysis, 64(3), pp. 26-47. ISSN 0155-977X

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac . 2019. Introduction: 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, 1(33), pp. 13-32. ISSN 1900-5407

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 . 2019. Tindaya Variations Website.


Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac . 2018. Tindaya Variations.


Wilkie, Alex ; Guggenheim, Michael and Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac . 2020. Creating Better Visualisations With STS.

Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac . 2020. Tindaya: the cosmopolitics of a public art controversy.

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