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.

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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

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