Dr Marina Vishmidt

Staff details

Position Lecturer, convenor of the MA in Culture Industry
Email m.vishmidt (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 2076
Dr Marina Vishmidt

I joined the Centre for Culture Studies in 2016 and the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies in 2017, having taught primarily in European art academy contexts till then. My research is mainly concerned with the nexus between art, value and labour, with an emphasis on the speculative relations that link processes of financialisation and subjectivation. My work overall draws on disciplines including continental philosophy, aesthetics, political economy, feminist theory and black studies.

I have developed a distinctive profile within and between the spheres of the academy, artistic spaces and activism, where I practice as a writer, editor and organiser. I also have a specialism in artists moving image from a critical and curatorial perspective, and worked for many years in a voluntary capacity with the Cinenova Working Group.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Critical Management and Political Economy, Queen Mary, University of London. Supervised by Prof Peter Fleming. 2013
  • MA Modern European Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London. Supervised by Prof Ray Brassier. 2004
  • BA Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, New York. 1998

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

My work involves considering questions around the conditions of production, whether that is to do with the production of art, of (political) subjectivity, of concepts and of infrastructures. It is thus informed by a materialist displacement of the problem of the 'transcendental' as a condition for anything to be realised - such as art or culture -and requires attending to the within and against of conditions of agency or performance that both perpetuate and can take us beyond the current world. This is the arena I have been exploring as the common space between artistic practices and financial products as 'speculation'

In my published essays, I have developed influential concepts such as 'infrastructural critique' and 'reproductive realism', the elaboration of which my next monograph will be dedicated to.

My last monograph, published with Brill in 2018 and with Haymarket in late 2019, deals with the 'speculative' as a mode of production, departing from the critique of political economy and critical aesthetics to craft an innovative hypothesis about the relationship between the devaluation of labour and the imperative to (self-) valorise. As well as the ideological magnetism of finance, this pressure finds a genealogy in the division of labour between creation and maintenance, exchange and use: a conflictual division that marks the proximity of extraction and valorisation in the aesthetic subject. I also have a long-term interest in negation, abstraction and ambivalence as epistemological, ontological and political currents in art and in social movements, particularly in histories of feminism/s.



Vishmidt, Marina . 2018. Speculation as a Mode of Production: Forms of Value Subjectivity in Art and Capital. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004291379

Stakemeier, Kerstin and Vishmidt, Marina . 2016. Reproducing Autonomy: Work, Money, Crisis and Contemporary Art. London: Mute Publishing. ISBN 9781906496623

Edited Book

Vishmidt, Marina and Iles, Anthony, eds. 2017. Look at Hazards, Look at Losses. Berlin: Mute, Kuda.org. ISBN 978-86-88567-21-3

Vishmidt, Marina ; Cunningham, John; Iles, Anthony and Mattar, Mira, eds. 2015. Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis. Berlin: Archive Books. ISBN 3943620301/9783943620306

Vishmidt, Marina ; Bom, Tiago; Ohlraun, Vanessa; Tuleubek, Ayatgali and Winterling, Susanne, eds. 2013. Winter: Poetics and Politics. Oslo: Mousse Publishing. ISBN 9788867490899 8867490893

Vishmidt, Marina ; Kruk, Vinca and van der Velden, Daniel, eds. 2010. Uncorporate Identity: Metahaven. Zurich: Lars Muller. ISBN 9783037781692 3037781696

Vishmidt, Marina ; Walsh, Jo; Francis, Mary Anne and Sykes, Lewis, eds. 2006. Media Mutandis: a NODE.London Reader. London: Mute Publishing. ISBN 9780955243509 0955243505

Edited Journal

Fallon, Benjamin; Beech, Dave; Macdonald, Kirsteen and Vishmidt, Marina , eds. 2019. PARSE Journal Issue 9: 'Work', PARSE, (9).

Book Section

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. The Opposite of Machine Intelligence. In: Dirk Snauwert, ed. Risquons-Tout: Contemporary Artists Venture Into Risk, Unpredictability and Transgression. Brussels: WIELS. ISBN 9780300257694

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Relateable Alienation: The Logic and History of an Idea. In: Eleanor Ivory Weber and Camilla Wills, eds. What the Fire Sees: A Divided Reader. Brussels: Divided Publishing. ISBN 9781916425040

Vishmidt, Marina and Iles, Anthony. 2020. Arte Futile: The Gift That is No-one’s to Give and Which No-one Wants to Receive. In: Kris Dittel, ed. Trouble with Value: Art and its Modes of Valuation. 151 Eindhoven: Onomatopee. ISBN 9789493148208

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Accumulating Futures. In: Eric C.H. de Bruyn and Sven Lütticken, eds. Futurity Report. 1 Berlin: Sternberg Press/MIT. ISBN 9783956794230

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Mediation. In: Larne Abse Gogarty and Andrew Hemingway, eds. Keywords for Marxist Art History Today. 21 V & R Unipress, pp. 87-96. ISBN 978-3-8471-1114-6

Vishmidt, Marina . 2019. Female Entropy: Social Reproduction as Problem and Medium. In: Sophia Yadong Hao, ed. Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? Berlin: Sternberg Press/MIT. ISBN 9783956793783

Vishmidt, Marina . 2019. Speculation in a Sense: Aesthetics and Real Abstraction. In: Gean Moreno, ed. In the Mind, but Not from There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art. London, New York: Verso. ISBN 9781788730693

Vishmidt, Marina . 2018. Art, Technology, and Repetition. In: Beverley Best; Werner Bonefeld and Chris O'Kane, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory. London: SAGE Publications, pp. 1102-1118. ISBN 9781473953345

Vishmidt, Marina . 2017. Management and Maintenance. In: kuda.org; Anthony Iles and Marina Vishmidt, eds. Look at Hazards, Look at Losses. Berlin: Mute Books. ISBN 978-86-88567-21-3

Vishmidt, Marina . 2017. Between Not Everything and Not Nothing: Cuta Towards Infrastructural Critique. In: Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh, eds. Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pp. 265-269. ISBN 9780262533836

Vishmidt, Marina . 2016. Feeling Things: Or, What Would Be Some Contemporary Pathos-Forms? In: Maya Tounta, ed. A Solid Injury to the Knees. Vilnius: Rupert, pp. 24-51. ISBN 978-609-95587-2-1

Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. Indifferent Agent: Speculation as a Mode of Production in Art and Capital. In: Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd, eds. ECONOMY: Art, Production and the Subject in the Twenty-First Century. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781781381380

Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. The Aesthetic Subject and the Politics of Speculative Labor. In: Randy Martin, ed. The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics. Routledge. ISBN 9780415645102

Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. Plan for An Activity in Mind. In: John Cunningham; Anthony Iles; Mira Mattar and Marina Vishmidt, eds. Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis. Berlin: Archive Books. ISBN 978-3-943620-30-6


Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Bodies in Space: On the Ends of Vulnerability. Radical Philosophy, 2(.08), pp. 33-46. ISSN 0300-211X

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Sedimented Forms: Coming Back to Autonomy. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 22(3), pp. 1-5. ISSN 1481-4374

Vishmidt, Marina . 2019. The Hard Labour of Speculation: Shaping a Reflection on Methods. MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research, 3(1), p. 7.

Vishmidt, Marina . 2019. Arte, tecnologia e repetição. Porto Arte Revista des Artes Visuais, 24(40),

Gogarty, Larne Abse; Dimitrakaki, Angela and Vishmidt, Marina . 2019. Anti-fascist Art Theory: A Roundtable Discussion. Third Text, 33(3), pp. 449-465. ISSN 0952-8822

Vishmidt, Marina . 2018. Anomaly and Autonomy: On the Currency of the Exception in the Value Relations of Contemporary. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 81(4), pp. 588-600. ISSN 0044-2992

Esanu, Octavian; Beech, Dave; Khatib, Sami; Roberts, John and Vishmidt, Marina . 2018. Realism Today? ARTMargins, 7(1), pp. 58-82. ISSN 2162-2574

Vishmidt, Marina . 2017. The Two Reproductions in (Feminist) Art and Theory since the 1970s. Third Text, 31(1), pp. 49-66. ISSN 0952-8822

Vishmidt, Marina and Gilligan, Melanie. 2015. "The property-less sensorium": Following the Subject in Crisis Times. South Atlantic Quarterly, 114(3), pp. 611-630. ISSN 0038-2876

Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. Artworld, Etherized: Review Essay. Radical Philosophy(190), ISSN 0300-211X

Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. Struggle is Primary: Review Essay. Journal of Cultural Economy, 8(3), pp. 388-397. ISSN 1753-0350

Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. Productive Bodies: A Review Essay. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(85), pp. 304-308. ISSN 0816-4649

Vishmidt, Marina . 2008. Situation Wanted: Something About Labour. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, 19, pp. 20-34. ISSN 1465-4253

Vishmidt, Marina . 2006. The Auto-Destructive Community: The Torsion of the Common in Local Sites of Antagonism. Ephemera Journal, 6(4), pp. 454-465. ISSN 2052-1499

Conference or Workshop Item

Vishmidt, Marina . 2017. 'Speaking of Bodies and Bodies That Speak: On the Currency of the Body in Contemporary ARt and Feminist Politics'. In: Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life. University of Leeds April 21st, 2017 — April 23rd, 2017.

Gordon, Melissa and Vishmidt, Marina . 2015. 'We (Not I)'. In: WE (NOT I). Artists Space, United States.

Professional Activity

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Visiting Professorship, Department of Critical and Cultural Theory, Södertörn University, Stockholm, September 2020.

Vishmidt, Marina . 2020. Assessor, Funding Application for the project 'Autonomy, Culture, Action: On Culture's Spheres of Political Action in the Neoliberal Welfare State’, Riksbanken Jubileumsfond, Sweden.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Alongside my research and teaching work, I have been involved as an editor on a number of publications, including Look at Hazards Look at Losses, co-edited with KUDA and Anthony Iles (Berlin: Mute Publishing, 2017), Anguish Language, co-edited with John Cunningham, Anthony Iles and Mira Mattar (Berlin and Milan: Archive Books, 2015), WINTER: Poetics and Politics, (Milan and Oslo: Oslo Academy of Art and Mousse Publishing, 2013) and Uncorporate Identity, co-edited with Metahaven (Zürich: Lars Müller, 2010). I have contributed to textbooks such as the Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (SAGE, 2018) and the Handbook of Marxism (SAGE, 2021). I am on the editorial board of the book series New Perspectives on the Critical Theory of Society (Bloomsbury Academic) and South as a State of Mind journal.

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects

Grants and awards

2021: Research Fellow with the ‘Social Reproduction: Looking for Jeanne’ (2019 – 2022) project
Funded by the Swedish Research Council

2019: MeCCSA Climate Change Network Grant
for 'End of the World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction' symposium

2019: Digital Worldmaking Fund, Goldsmiths
for 'End of the World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction' symposium

2008: • ESRC doctoral studentship in Critical Management and Political Economy, Queen Mary, University of London
for my PhD project