Marina Vishmidt joined the Centre for Culture Studies in 2016 and the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies in 2017. Her work is mainly concerned with the relationship between art, value and labour, with an emphasis on the speculative relations that link processes of financialisation and subjectivation.
Other research interests include continental philosophy, aesthetics, political economy and feminist theory.
She has developed a distinctive profile within and between the spheres of the academy, artistic spaces and activism, where she works as a writer, editor and cultural organiser. She also has a specialism in artists moving image from a critical and curatorial perspective.
Dr Vishmidt convenes and lectures on the MA in Culture Industry. Dr Vishmidt has additionally taught and supervised dissertations at BA and MA level at the University of Brighton, Middlesex University, the Dutch Art Institute/ARTez, and the University of the Arts, Helsinki.
Areas of Supervision
Dr Vishmidt supervises PhD students in art and financialisation, critical theory, creative economy, organisation studies, political and philosophical aesthetics and feminism. She also does external supervision at the Royal College of Art and the Ruskin School of Art.
Her monograph, published with Brill in 2018 and out with Haymarket now, 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. Vishmidt also has 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.
Alongside her research and teaching work, Marina has 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). She is on the editorial board of the book series New Perspectives on the Critical Theory of Society (Bloomsbury Academic).
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
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. 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. 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. 2019. The Hard Labour of Speculation: Shaping a Reflection on Methods. MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research, 3(1), p. 7.
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
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. 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.
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.