I am an artist working at the intersections of music, writing and moving image. I joined Goldsmiths as a lecturer in Music in 2021, having worked within both music and art contexts till then. Recently, my artworks have included videos, performances, records, websites, essays and lectures.
Operating through a range of theoretical, fictional and artistic frames my works draw from my own experiences as a musician alongside the methods and arguments of German critical theory and institutional critique, re-staging the techniques of the cultural industries in an “immanent critique” of pop. Key to this is an ongoing interest in issues related to the commodification, standardisation and reproduction of the artistic ‘personality’ (broadly understood).
My work has been presented at: LUX Artist Moving Image Festival, Pump House Gallery, South London Gallery, Glasgow International, Jerwood Space, La Monnaie De Munt, Café Oto, Filmhuis Cavia, Chapter Arts Centre, and BBC Tectonics Festival.
- PhD, Slade School of Art, University College London. Supervised by Prof Jon Thomson, David Burrows and Benedict Drew. (Ongoing)
- Open School East Associate artist. 2016
- Mdes, Sound for Moving Image, Glasgow School of Art. 2015
- BA Popular Music, Napier University, Edinburgh. 2009
Teaching and Supervision
Bmus Popular Music
I am currently a PhD candidate at the Slade School of Fine Art, undertaking a practical and art-historical exploration of the Euro-American music-video as form. Poised between advert, commodity and artwork, the music-video has been instrumentalised for profit by the commercial music-industry and deployed by visual artists, often as a means of artistic expression or critique. Increasingly, music-video is both a music-industry product and a form of institutionalised high entertainment present in galleries and biennials; across my research I aim to understand how the increasing relationship between these two fields reflects shifts in the structural – that is the economic, social and ideological – conditions of contemporary art’s production today. Drawing from the work of writers such as Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy and Theodor Adorno the project develops an analysis of music-video wherein aesthetic shifts are considered exemplary of broader changes in the models of accumulation practiced by the music industry and epitomise transformations in the social relations of global capitalism from 1981. This research project operates as a conceptual framework for much of my current musical and artistic work.
Further profile content
'I Will Leave You Now and This Loudspeaker Will Take My Place'
Article co-authored with Nessa Johnston · ‘The New Soundtrack’ · Vol. 6, No. 1 (pp. 17 – 27) · Edinburgh University Press
Conferences and talks
'Negative Product Media'
Conference paper · ‘Sonoridades Fronteiricas’ · Brazil
Screening and presentation · EARN Conference · Leeds school of art · Leeds
'Inside and outside the institution: Women Pioneers of Electronic Music'
Conference paper w/ Jane Dickson · ‘Working in Music’ · Organised by the Musicians Union · Mitchell Library · Glasgow
Grants and awards
London Arts and Humanities Partnership Research Studentship
for my PhD project
Somerset House Studios Artist in Residence