Suhail Malik

Staff details

PositionProgramme Co-Director MFA Fine Art Reader in Critical Studies
Department Art
Email s.malik (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7671
Suhail Malik
Recent research — accessible here and here — includes: 

Books

- On the Necessity of Art's Exit From Contemporary Art (forthcoming)
ContraContemporary. Modernity's Unknown Future (Urbanomic, 2019)

Co-editor

- The Flood of Rights - edited w/ Tom Keenan & Tirdad Zolghadr (CCS/Sternberg, 2017) 
- The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary - edited w/ Armen Avanessian (DiS/Name, 2016)
- "Art and Finance" Special Issue of Finance and Society 2:2 - edited w/ Gerald Nestler (2016) 
- Genealogies of Speculation: Materialism and Subjectivity Since Structuralism - edited w/ Armen Avanessian (2015)
- Realism Materialism Art - edited w/ Christoph Cox & Jenny Jaskey (CCS Bard/Sternberg, 2015). 

Essays and Articles

- "Operationalising Real Abstraction: Art and the General Abstract Image" (w/ Diann Bauer and Natalia Zuluaga) in In the Mind But Not From There (2019)
- "The Ruling Elite Have Feelings Too (At Least, They Did in 2011)" in OIE (2019)
- "Propaganda Is Now Another Name for Communication Itself" (w/ Metahaven) in PSYOP (2018)
- "ContraContemporary" in The Future of the New (2018)
- "The Artist as Quarry" (w/ Tirdad Zolghadr) in The Artist As... (2018)
- "Introduction: Art and Finance" (w/ Gerard Nestler) in Finance and Society 2:2 (2016)
- "Plotting the Art Market: Interview with Clare McAndrew" (w/Gerard Nestler) in Finance and Society 2:2 (2016)
- "When is Contemporary Art?" in Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989 (2016)
- "The Speculative Time-Complex" (w/ Armen Avanessian) in The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary (2016)
- "Materialist Reason and Its Languages. Part One: Absolute Reason, Absolute Deconstruction' in Genealogies of Speculation (2016)
- "Introduction: Speculative Genealogies" (w/ Armen Avanessian) in Genealogies of Speculation (2016)
- "Hegemonic Neomaterialism and Its LImitations" in Springerin (2016)
- "Response to Questionnaire: On Matter and Materialisms" (w/ Christoph Cox) in October 155 (2016)
- "The Ontology of Finance" in Collapse 8: Casino Real (2014)
- "The Value of Everything" in Texte zur Kunst (2014)
- "Ape Says No" in Red Hook Journal (2013)
- "The Politics of Neutrality: Constructing a Global Civility" in The Human Snapshot (2013)
- "Tainted Love: Art’s Ethos and Capitalization” (with Andrea Phillips) in Art and Its Commercial Markets (2012)
- “The Wrong of Contemporary Art: Aesthetics and Political Indeterminacy” (with Andrea Phillips) in Reading Rancière (2011)
- “Screw (Down) The Debt: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Austerity” in Mute (2010)
- “You Are Here” for Manifesta 8 (2010)

Talks

- "Contemporary Art -> Ex-Art: Retrotransfiguration of the Commonplace" at PNAC Portland and Rupert, Vilnius (2018)
- "Systemic Constructions of an Unnarratable Future" at New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently, Kunstgebäude Stuttgart (2018)
- "Capitalising AntiGentrification" at Realty, Paul Klee Sommerakademie, Bern (2017)
- "What Can Be Done With a White Cube?" at LIRCAIE, Lusanga, DRC (2017)
- "What Must Art Become to Advance a Left Postneoliberalism? at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2017)
- "PostCapitalism or PostNeoliberalism?" at Postcapitalist Art?, Bartlett School of Architecture, London (2017)
- "PostGlobalisation or PostNeoliberalism? The Case of the ArtMarket" at ArtStage, Singapore (2017) 
- "Financiality, Finance, and Futurity" at Capital as Power: Broadening the Vista, York University, Toronto (2016)
- "Formal and Informal Institutionalism: Contemporary Art Again and Again" at Making Use, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2016)
- "How is Contemporary Art Contemporary?" at KRW Düsseldorf (2016)
- "51.9810940, 5.9051470" at DAI (2016)
- "Who's Afraid Of/In the Art Market?" at Sandberg Institute (2016) and ICA Miami (2015)
- "Art Has To Be a State Actor" at Mystery–Ministry. The Aesthetic Sphere and the Discourse of Professionalism, UTD, Buenos Aires (2015)
- “Why Art? The Primacy of Audience” at Global Art Forum, Dubai (2011)

 

 

Research Interests

Contemporary art, modern Art, the political economy of critical art, sovereignty and domination, critiques of liberal democracy, finance capital
My initial research was on the theme of invention in contemporary European philosophy and critical theory. This line of inquiry led to an examination of new media and digitisation which in turn generated three strands of research: first, an examination of technics in relation to human experience and thought; second, examination of particular artpractices in a variety of media; third, consideration of the conditions of critique and violence in contemporary democratic societies. This latter dimension has recently become the focus my research interests and I am currently working on a book examining the challenge to received notion of critique presented by contemporary manifestations of dominating power, primarily that of the US.

Publications

Book

Towards a Socio-Psychologistical Theory of Fatiscism
Malik, Suhail. 2002. Towards a Socio-Psychologistical Theory of Fatiscism. White Cube. ISBN 0954236335

Book Section

Propaganda Is Now Another Name for Communication Itself: Conversation with Metahaven and Suhail Malik
Malik, Suhail; Kruk, Vinca and van der Velden, Daniel. 2018. Propaganda Is Now Another Name for Communication Itself: Conversation with Metahaven and Suhail Malik. In: Karen Archey and Gwen Parry, eds. PSYOP. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Musem.

ContraContemporary
Malik, Suhail. 2018. ContraContemporary. In: Thijs Lijster, ed. The Future of the New. September 2018: Valiz, pp. 247-278. ISBN 978-94-92095-58-9

Operationalizing Real Abstraction: Art and the General Abstract Image
Bauer, Diann; Malik, Suhail and Zuluaga, Natalia. 2018. Operationalizing Real Abstraction: Art and the General Abstract Image. In: Gean Moreno, ed. In the Mind But Not From There. New York: Verso.

Artist As Quarry
Malik, Suhail and Zolghadr, Tirdad. 2018. Artist As Quarry. In: Tara MacDowell; Aileen Burns and Jonah Lundh, eds. The Artist As... Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 49-73. ISBN 978-3-95679-275-5

Art Teaching: Dialectics of Practice and Theory
Mabb, David and Malik, Suhail. 2017. Art Teaching: Dialectics of Practice and Theory. In: Peter Sonderen and Marijn de Langen, eds. Theory - Arts - Practices. Arnhem: ArtEZ Press, pp. 69-81. ISBN 978-94-91444-39-5

Postface
Malik, Suhail and Zolghadr, Tirdad. 2017. Postface. In: Thomas Keenan; Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, eds. The Flood of Rights. berlin / Annandale on Hudson, New York: Sternberg Press / Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, pp. 261-275. ISBN 978-3-95679-140-6

When is Contemporary Art?
Malik, Suhail. 2017. When is Contemporary Art? In: Simon Sheikh and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Former West: Art and the Contemporary after 1989. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262533836

The Speculative Time Complex
Malik, Suhail. 2016. The Speculative Time Complex. In: Suhail Malik and Armen Avanessian, eds. The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary. Miami, Florida: [NAME], pp. 7-56. ISBN 9780984056616

Introduction: Speculative Genealogies
Malik, Suhail and AVanessian, Armen. 2016. Introduction: Speculative Genealogies. In: Suhail Malik and Armen Avanessian, eds. Genealogies of speculation : materialism and subjectivity since structuralism. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 1-26. ISBN 9781472591678

Materialist Reason and its Languages. Part One: Absolute Reason, Absolute Deconstruction
Malik, Suhail. 2016. Materialist Reason and its Languages. Part One: Absolute Reason, Absolute Deconstruction. In: Suhail Malik and Armen Avanessian, eds. Genealogies of speculation : materialism and subjectivity since structuralism. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 238-268. ISBN 9781472591678

'Introduction'
Cox, Christoph; Jaskey, Jenny and Malik, Suhail. 2015. 'Introduction'. In: C Cox; J Jaskey and Suhail Malik, eds. Realism Materialism Art. Berlin / Annandale on Hudson, New York: Sternberg Press / Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, pp. 15-31. ISBN 978-3-95679-126-0

Reason to Destroy Contemporary Art
Malik, Suhail. 2015. Reason to Destroy Contemporary Art. In: C Cox; J Jaskey and Suhail Malik, eds. Realism Materialism Art. Sternberg Press / Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, pp. 185-190.

The Ontology of Finance: Price, Power, and the Arkhéderivative
Malik, Suhail. 2014. The Ontology of Finance: Price, Power, and the Arkhéderivative. In: , ed. Collapse: Philosophical Research and Development. 8 (629) Falmouth: Urbanomic, pp. 629-812. ISBN 978-0-9567750-2-3

Tainted Love: Art’s Ethos and Capitalization
Phillips, Andrea and Malik, Suhail. 2012. Tainted Love: Art’s Ethos and Capitalization. In: Maria Lind and Olav Velthuis, eds. Art and its Commercial Markets: A Report on Current Changes and with Scenarios for the Future. Berlin/Stockholm: Sternberg Press/Tensta Konsthall, pp. 209-240. ISBN 978-1-934105-99-3

The Wrong of Contemporary Art: Aesthetics and Political Indeterminacy
Malik, Suhail and Phillips, Andrea. 2011. The Wrong of Contemporary Art: Aesthetics and Political Indeterminacy. In: Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp, eds. Reading Rancière: Critical Dissensus. London: Continuum, pp. 111-128. ISBN 978 1 4411 9037 6

The wrong of contemporary art: aesthetics and political indeterminacy
Phillips, Andrea and Malik, Suhail. 2011. The wrong of contemporary art: aesthetics and political indeterminacy. In: Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp, eds. Reading Rancière. London: Continuum, tbd-tbd. ISBN 978-1441137814

You Are Here
Malik, Suhail. 2010. You Are Here. In: Bassam el-Baroni; Jeremy Beaudry and Nav Haq, eds. Manifesta 8: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia (spain) in dialogue with northern Africa. Milan: Manifesta, pp. 58-61. ISBN 97888 3661697 8

Untitled
Malik, Suhail. 2008. Untitled. In: Pil and Galia Kollectiv, ed. Institute of Psychoplasmics. London: Pump House Gallery, pp. 30-62. ISBN 978 0 954467

Measure for Measure
Malik, Suhail. 2008. Measure for Measure. In: Juan Bolivar, ed. Geometry Wars. Southampton: John Hansard Gallery, xvii-xxi. ISBN 978 0854328932

Art - critique - capital
Malik, Suhail. 2007. Art - critique - capital. In: Bridget Crone and Kirsty Ogg, eds. The Showroom annual 2005/6. London: Showroom, p. 38.

On the Compostability of Painting
Malik, Suhail. 2006. On the Compostability of Painting. In: No named editor, ed. Nigel Cooke: Paintings 2001-2006. Koenig Books, pp. 22-32. ISBN 3865600662

Painting as Contemporary Art
Malik, Suhail. 2002. Painting as Contemporary Art. In: No Named Editor, ed. Painting as a Foreign Language. Centro Brasileiro Britanico, pp. 8-17. ISBN 8588116073

Pathological Normality
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2000. Pathological Normality. In: Charles Campbell and Suhail Malik, eds. Front. Don Projects, pp. 39-74. ISBN 978-0953904303

Article

A Questionnaire on Materialisms
Malik, Suhail and Cox, Christoph. 2016. A Questionnaire on Materialisms. October, 115, pp. 26-28. ISSN 0162-2870

Dispossed and Watered-Down. Hegemonic Neomaterialism and its Limitations
Malik, Suhail. 2016. Dispossed and Watered-Down. Hegemonic Neomaterialism and its Limitations. Springerin: Hefte für Gegennwartskunst, 22(1), pp. 48-50. ISSN 1029-1830

Plotting the art market: An interview with Clare McAndrew
McAndrew, Clare; Malik, Suhail and Nestler, Gerald. 2016. Plotting the art market: An interview with Clare McAndrew. Finance and Society, 2(2), pp. 151-167. ISSN 2059-5999

Introduction: Art and finance
Nestler, Gerald and Malik, Suhail. 2016. Introduction: Art and finance. Finance and Society, 2(2), pp. 94-95. ISSN 2059-5999

Parse Journal #2: Introduction
Bowman, Jason; Malik, Suhail and Phillips, Andrea. 2015. Parse Journal #2: Introduction. Parse #2: The Value of Contemporary Art, 2, pp. 8-6. ISSN 2002-0511

The Value of Everything
Malik, Suhail. 2014. The Value of Everything. Texte zur Kunst, 93, pp. 66-79.

Survey on Gender Ratios in Curating Programs
Reckitt, Helena; Malik, Suhail; Burton, Johanna; Hartjes, Natalie and Markopoulos, Leigh. 2012. Survey on Gender Ratios in Curating Programs. Red Hook, pp. 10-16.

Educations Sentimental and Unsentimental: Repositioning the Politics of Art and Education
Malik, Suhail. 2011. Educations Sentimental and Unsentimental: Repositioning the Politics of Art and Education. Redhook: Journal of Curatorial Studies, 1, n/a-n/a.

Hadassah Emmerich
Malik, Suhail. 2008. Hadassah Emmerich. Review - 32 Jahre Künstlerhaus Bethanien,

Critique as alibi: moral differentiation in the art market
Malik, Suhail. 2008. Critique as alibi: moral differentiation in the art market. Journal of Visual Art Practice, Special Issue on Critique, 7(3), pp. 283-295. ISSN 14702029

A boom without end? Liquidity, critique and the art market
Malik, Suhail. 2007. A boom without end? Liquidity, critique and the art market. Mute: culture and politics after the net, 2(6), pp. 92-99. ISSN 1356-7748-261

'Introduction' and 'Fucking straight death metal' in Special Section of journal
Malik, Suhail. 2006. 'Introduction' and 'Fucking straight death metal' in Special Section of journal. Journal of Visual Culture, Special Section 'The war in Iraq and visual culture', 5(1), pp. 107-112.

Show/Exhibition

Gewalt
Malik, Suhail. 2004. Gewalt. In: "Gewalt", Loushy Art and Editions, 2/19/2004 - 3/19/2004.

Conference or Workshop Item

Capitalist Artist Scum #1 and #2
Reckitt, Helena; Malik, Suhail; Yuile, Laura; Kulendran Thomas, Christopher; Kulesh, Leslie; Cameron, Angus; Pil & Galia, Kollectiv; DKUK, DKUK; Pollard, Alexander James and Luke, Kristin. 2015. 'Capitalist Artist Scum #1 and #2'. In: FORUM: Capitalist Artist Scum. Open School East, London, United Kingdom 24 September 2015-11 November 2015.

Resistance or invention? Art and global capital assemblage
Malik, Suhail; Phillips, Andrea and Beech, Amanda. 2007. 'Resistance or invention? Art and global capital assemblage'. In: Local operations. Sackler Centre of Arts Education at the Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom 23 May - 1 July 2007.

Discussion panel for Pilot:3
Malik, Suhail; Beech, Amanda; Esche, Charles; Phillips, Andrea; Poole, Matthew and Sassen, Saskia. 2007. 'Discussion panel for Pilot:3'. In: Venice Biennale. Monastery of St Damien and St Cosimo, Venice, Italy Summer 2007.

'New money' discussion panel
Abbing, Hans; Lind, Maria; Stapleton, Jamie and Malik, Suhail. 2007. ''New money' discussion panel'. In: Rotterdam dialogues: the periphery complex [symposium]. Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands 8th February 2007.

Method without discipline
Malik, Suhail. 2007. 'Method without discipline'. In: Inventing methodologies 2: an interdisciplinary workshop on postgraduate practice-based research. Goldsmiths, University of London February 2007.

Discussion panel on Jo Mitchell's 'Concerto for voice and machinery'
Malik, Suhail; Mitchell, Jo; Gaskin, Viviene; Morris, Michael and Bohn, Chris. 2007. 'Discussion panel on Jo Mitchell's 'Concerto for voice and machinery''. In: Panel. ICA, London.

Discussion panel on 'Aernout Mik: solo exhibition'
Malik, Suhail; Phillips, Andrea and Klee, Steve. 2007. 'Discussion panel on 'Aernout Mik: solo exhibition''. In: Panel discussion. Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom February - April 2007.

National (Re)Presentation: a four session research project
Malik, Suhail; Phillips, Andrea and Olfers, Sophie Van. 2007. 'National (Re)Presentation: a four session research project'. In: Four evening discussions. Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands 4-25 October 2007.

On the conditions of politics
Malik, Suhail. 2007. 'On the conditions of politics'. In: On the Conditions of Politics conference. Conway Hall, London 28 June 2007.

'Painting as a Technology'
Chilver, John; Malik, Suhail; Harris, Jane; Stubbs, Michael; Cooke, Nigel and Brown, Glenn. 2004. ''Painting as a Technology''. In: ‘Painting, Specifically’. Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

Edited Book

The Flood of RIghts
Keenan, Thomas; Malik, Suhail and Zolghadr, Tirdad, eds. 2017. The Flood of RIghts. Berlin / Annandale on Hudson, New York: Sternberg Press / Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College. ISBN 978-3-95679-140-6

Genealogies of speculation : materialism and subjectivity since structuralism
Malik, Suhail and Avanessian, Armen, eds. 2016. Genealogies of speculation : materialism and subjectivity since structuralism. London an New York: Boomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781472591678

The Time Complex: Post-Contemporary
Malik, Suhail and Avanessian, Armen, eds. 2016. The Time Complex: Post-Contemporary. Maimi, Florida: [NAME]. ISBN 9780984056616

Realism Materialism Art
Cox, Christoph; Jaskey, Jenny and Malik, Suhail, eds. 2015. Realism Materialism Art. Berlin / Annandale on Hudson, New York: Sternberg Press / Center for Curatorial Studies Bard Collegeollege. ISBN 978-3-95679-126-0

Edited Journal

Finance and Society
Malik, Suhail and Nestler, Gerald, eds. 2016. Finance and Society, Finance and Society, 2(2). 2059-5999

PARSE Journal Issue # 2 The Value of Contemporary Art
Bowman, Jason; Malik, Suhail and Phillips, Andrea, eds. 2015. PARSE Journal Issue # 2 The Value of Contemporary Art, PARSE Journal Issue # 2 The Value of Contemporary Art, 2. 2002-0511