Dr Louis Moreno

Staff details

Dr Louis Moreno


Senior Lecturer


Visual Cultures


L.Moreno (@gold.ac.uk)

Louis explores the spatial relationships, urban processes and political forces that shape the forms of everyday life

My work investigates the cultural and historical modalities of financial capitalism with a critical focus on the spatial aesthetics of architecture, music and urbanism.

With a training in urban geography, architectural history, philosophy and literature, I am theoretically engaged with the methodological problems and transdisciplinary opportunities cities generate both as objects of cultural study as well as urban processes in constant flux.

These interests have generated a wide range of research into the urban modalities of architecture, music, cinema and literature. The overall aim of which is to understand how the spatial transformations of social life represent, at the level of everyday life, patterns of change in the material and unconscious infrastructures of urban economic power.

I am the Programme Leader for the Visual Cultures PhD Programme and a member of the curatorial research collective ‘freethought’ and the study ensemble Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Geography, University College London 2016
  • MSc in Architectural History, University College London 2008
  • BA in English Literature and Philosophy, University of East Anglia 1996

Teaching and supervision

I am the primary supervisor of the following MPhil-PhD projects :
Dele Adeyemo ‘The Last Dark Continent’ (CHASE-AHRC funded)

Lynnée Denise 'Turntable Epistemology: Sound System Migration and the 1980s Black Queer Sound' (CHASE-AHRC funded)

Nastassia Nasser 'Into the Fault Zone - Excavating the Architectonics of Occupation' (CHASE- AHRC funded)

Xavier Acarin 'The Social Museum of Barcelona - Urban Performativity and the Ecology of Knowledge'

I convene the following modules as well as supervise and advise on PhDs for the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA)

MPhil-PhD Visual Cultures / MRes Visual Cultures

MA Contemporary Art Theory

BA History of Art

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Moreno, Louis. 2022. Internal Empire : The Neoclassical Architecture of Racial Capitalism. In: Kelly M. Rich; Nicola M. Rizzuto and Susan Zieger, eds. The Aesthetic Life of Infrastructure: Race, Affect, Environment. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, pp. 43-59. ISBN 9780810145504

Moreno, Louis. 2022. Always Crashing in the Same City: Immobilien, Psychisches Kapital und Planetares Begehren. In: Joerg Franzbecker; Naomi Hennig and Florian Wüst, eds. X Properties. Berliner Hefte zu Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt 11. Berlin: nGbK (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst), pp. 77-103. ISBN 9783946674108

Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Moreno, Louis. 2021. Notes on Listening and Hearing. In: Jeanne van Heeswijk; Maria Hlavajova and Rachael Rakes, eds. Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262542500


Brar, Dhanveer Singh; Moreno, Louis; Harney, Stefano; Moten, Fred; Okiji, Fumi; Rekret, Paul and Rose-Antoinette, Ronald. 2020. Music and Economic Planning. South Atlantic Quarterly, 119(1), pp. 133-151. ISSN 0038-2876

Moreno, Louis. 2019. Why wasn't the rentier euthanised? A review of The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain. Antipode Online,

Moreno, Louis and Bang Shin, Hyun. 2018. The Urban Process Under Planetary Accumulation by Dispossession. CITY, 22(1), pp. 78-87. ISSN 1360-4813

Conference or Workshop Item

Moreno, Louis and George, Edward. 2023. 'On Broadwater Farm: Dub Housing and other planes of consistency (part one) Edward George in conversation with Louis Moreno'. In: On Broadwater Farm: Dub Housing and other planes of consistency (part one) Edward George in conversation with Louis Moreno. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 4 May 2023.

Moreno, Louis and Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2022. 'Seven Theses on P-Funk'. In: eleven theses on p-funk. Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom 9 June 2022.

Moreno, Louis and Vishmidt, Marina. 2019. 'End-of-the-World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction'. In: End-of-the-World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 21 - 22 June 2019.


Moreno, Louis. 2022. Podcast recording of walking tour of Euston, Somers Town & King's Cross (July 2022).


Moreno, Louis; George, Edward; Sharma, Ash and Rekret, Paul. 2023. Monopolated Light & Power presentation (San Mei Gallery). In: "Monopolated Light & Power", San Mei Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 8 June 2023.

Moreno, Louis. 2023. Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective (Echoes of Dissent Vol. 1) - Louis Moreno, Edward George, et al.. In: "Echoes of Dissent Vol. 1", Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium, 2 - 3 June 2023.

Moreno, Louis; George, Edward and Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2023. Jah Shaka and CLR James (A Conversation with Edward George and Dhanveer Singh Brar - organised by Louis Moreno with Numbers). In: "A Conversation with Edward George", Glasgow, United Kingdom, 16 April 2023.


Moreno, Louis. 2023 - 2025 Versioning as Method : Music, space and the musical de-estrangement of difference.


Moreno, Louis. 2022. Unhoused Music. In: "Unhoused Music", BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands, 12 - 13 November 2022.

Moreno, Louis. 2021. Music as Spectral Infrastructure. In: "Music as spectral infrastructure", BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands, 13 - 14 November 2021.

Rogoff, Irit; Moreno, Louis; Mallona, Massomilliano; Harney, Stefano and Sternfeld, Nora. 2016. Infrastructure. In: "Infrastructure", Bergen Assembly, Norway, 1 September - 1 October 2016.