Dr. Jean-Paul Martinon mainly teaches courses at postgraduate level in curatorial theory and continental philosophy. He co-founded the PhD Curatorial / Knowledge Programme with Irit Rogoff.
Areas of Supervision
Dr. Martinon has supervised to completion dissertations on Italian cinema (Pasolini), gender difference in the Balkans, curatorial practice in India, Turkish cinema (Zaim), new media and subjectivity in Malaysia, art and globalization in Pakistan, and contemporary choreography and curating. He welcomes proposals for research on any aspect of modern and contemporary culture with a preference for proposals that draws their inspiration from or articulates itself through continental philosophy.
After completing a master’s degree in International Law in Paris, I moved to London in the late 80s. Very quickly and with no previous experience or training, I found myself curating exhibitions of contemporary art. In 1991 I co-founded Rear Window, an independent arts trust that staged a series of exhibitions and conferences in temporary sites across London throughout the 90s. Each project presented, outside the conventions of the gallery space (in and around different frames, themes, media, and locations), new or collaborative work by young or established contemporary artists, writers, and poets.
One such project, Care and Control (1995), was sited in a fully functioning psychiatric hospital in East London and involved 30 psychiatric patients and 18 contemporary artists. It is in the context of this project that I completed my first monograph, a social history of Hackney Workhouse, Swelling Grounds, 1995. I stopped curating exhibitions by the end of the millennium and started working in academia, completing a PhD in contemporary art theory in 2001. My interest in contemporary curatorial practices developed with the creation of the Curatorial Knowledge PhD Programme and the editing of a new book on this topic, The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Over the years, I have developed an interest in contemporary philosophy. This interest led me to complete a second monograph, On Futurity / Malabou, Nancy & Derrida (Palgrave, 2007), which comprises a series of essays on the notion of futurity in contemporary continental philosophy and a short monograph on the relationship between masculinity and time: The End of Man (Punctum Books, 2013). I have also developed an interest in African philosophy, especially the work of Valentin Y. Mudimbe and contemporary Rwandan thinkers. This interest led me to write After "Rwanda" (Rodopi, 2013), which focuses on the ethical dimension of the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. I am currently completing a new monograph on curating and ethics, entitled Sharing the World, which will comprise a series of reflections on the multiplication of platforms for curating and their ethical potential.
Doussan, Jenny. 2013. Eros, Plague, Olfaction: Three Allegories of the Curatorial. In: Jean-Paul Martinon, ed. The Curatorial A Philosophy of Curating. London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, pp. 79-92. ISBN 9781472525604
Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2008. 33, 34, 35… The Life of The Limits. In: Josef Steiff and Tristan D Tamplin, eds. Battlestar Galactica and philosophy : mission accomplished or mission frakked up? 33 Chicago: Open Court, pp. 249-260. ISBN 9780812697087
Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2005. Grafts, Repetitions, and Polymorphous Bodies: Daniel Buren at the Wordsworth Trust. In: Robert Robert, ed. Daniel Buren. The Wordsworth Trust, pp. 29-44. ISBN 1905256019
Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2019. Race and Universality: Meillassoux Meets Eze and Wiredu. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 30, pp. 49-71. ISSN 1367-3769
Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2015. The Equivocal Concept: The Work of Bourahima Ouattara. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 18(2-3), pp. 339-358. ISSN 1936-6280
Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2011. Between Freedoms: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Haunting Categorical Imperative. Mono Kurgusuz Labirent(10-11), ISSN 1306-715X
Conference or Workshop Item
Andrews, Jorella G. and Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2018. 'A Fearless Look at the Unspeakable: Visual Cultures Public Programme Sping Term 2018'. In: Visual Cultures Public Programme. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom Jan-Feb 2018.