Dr Sonya Dyer

Staff details

Dr Sonya Dyer


Fine Art




Sonya.Dyer (@gold.ac.uk)

Sonya's work and research reimagines where the centre is located in fictional narratives of the future.

I am an artist and writer and resident artist at Somerset House Studios.

My practice explores where the centre is located in fictional narratives of the future.

Hailing Frequencies Open (HFO), my ongoing body of work, combines social justice with speculation, fantasy with the political.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD 2021

Teaching and supervision

I am a lecturer on the Fine Art & History of Art B.A. course and course lead for the Link Module.

Research interests

Futurity, Black Futures, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, the reproductive capabilities of Darkness, Global Futurities, Black Feminism, Post Scarcity, moving image, sculpture, text.

Publications and research outputs


Dyer, Sonya. 2024. The Ready Room. In: "The Ready Room", Primary, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 26 January - 30 March 2024.

Dyer, Sonya. 2023. Three Parent Child. In: "Three Parent Child", River Rooms, Somerset House, United Kingdom, 2023.

Dyer, Sonya. 2022. The London Open 2022. In: "The London Open 2022", Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 30 June - 4 September 2022.

Conference or Workshop Item

Dyer, Sonya and Imhof, Barbara. 2022. 'Building Beyond: Space Architecture, Engineering and Design'. In: Building Beyond: Space Architecture, Engineering and Design. Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, United Kingdom 9 March 2022.

Dyer, Sonya. 2021. 'RELAY'. In: RELAY. Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy 16 - 17 July 2021.

Dyer, Sonya. 2020. 'Past / Future as a form of resistance'. In: Past / Future as a form of resistance. RCA Critical Practice, United Kingdom 27 July 2020.


Dyer, Sonya. 2018. The Many Masks of Michael Jackson: What Does Iconography of the King of Pop Mean in 2018? Frieze, ISSN 0962-0672

Dyer, Sonya. 2018. Claudette Johnson (Review). Frieze(193), p. 181. ISSN 0962-0672

Dyer, Sonya. 2017. Claudia Rankine’s The White Card: Life-affirming Response to ‘Black Death Spectacle’. a-n online,

Book Section

Dyer, Sonya. 2020. The Think Tank: Institution as Performance. In: Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca and Alice Lagaay, eds. The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 272-279. ISBN 9781138495623


Dyer, Sonya and Grubbe, Jeffrey. 2022 Kings X Somerset House Studios, Collaborative Research Fund.


Dyer, Sonya. 2021. Towards Dark Fecundity - Reimagining Black futures through visual arts practice, science fiction and Greek mythology. Doctoral thesis, Middlesex University


Dyer, Sonya. 2021. Cover Image, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, Vol 50.2, Number 139 (Decolonising Science Fiction). Science Fiction Foundation.