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Dr Emily Rosamond

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PositionLecturer in Visual Cultures and Joint Programme Leader, BA Fine Art and History of Art
Department Visual Cultures
Email Emily.Rosamond (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Emily Rosamond

Emily Rosamond is an artist and writer. Her research stems from an interest in how historically situated performances of self are intertwined with developments in financial and informatics infrastructures. Her current work focuses on the implications of financialization and metrification for recent art practices that explore online identity and selfhood. She examines how the identification of users’ behaviours, habits, and tendencies in the age of big data – by audience measurement companies, fintech startups, credit scoring corporations, online reviewers, and investors – newly foregrounds character and reputation as speculative logics of networked personhood. 

Recent publications have focused on shifting logics of represented selfhood in the surveillance performances of SWAMP, Hasan Elahi and Erica Scourti (International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 2015); rethinking modernist legacies of abstraction in light of information politics (Message, 2015); reputation and character in the entrepreneurial imaginary (Paragrana, 2016); and the implications of social impact bonds – new financial products allowing investors to speculate on social outcomes – for socially engaged art practices (Finance and Society, 2016). 

Current work in progress includes essays on addressivity in online dating platforms; surveillance-capitalist aesthetics; and online crowds and the derivative cultural condition. Emily is also working on two longer-term projects: a monograph on character in the age of big data, and an upcoming collaborative research project that aims to formalize Critical Reputation Studies as a transdisiplinary subfield. 

Emily’s art practice spans performance, painting, sculpture, drawing, and video. It often involves experiments in inhabiting personas through intense engagements with materials. Her ongoing project, Weathervane, explores how experiences of personal decision-making are inflected by the emergence of an oracular mode of address in prediction-rich online environments.

Recent exhibitions include Plymouth Contemporary (Karst, 2017); Tenderflix, Horse Hospital, London (2016); Weathervane (Goldsmiths, 2016); Say What?, ASC Gallery, London (2016); and before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared, Tenderpixel, London (2014). Past exhibitions include solo shows at AceArt, Inc, Winnipeg (2010), and the Richmond Art Gallery, B.C., Canada (2008), as well as two-person exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and Truck Contemporary, Calgary (2011). She exhibits individually and with the collective School of the Event Horizon.

Academic Qualifications

PhD Art, Goldsmiths, University of London (2016)

MFA Interdisciplinary Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2007)

Interdisciplinary Studio Program, Toronto School of Art (2005) 
BFA Visual Arts, York University, Toronto (2002)

Teaching Qualifications

PG Certificate Course in the Management of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Goldsmiths, University of London (2015)
Certificate Course in University Teaching and Learning, Simon Fraser University (2007)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2015)

Teaching 

Emily is Joint Programme Leader on the BA Fine Art and History of Art. She currently teaches on the second year core art history module Contemporaneities, and on digital and data public in the BA Curating. Previous lectureships have included art history, theory and studio teaching on a wide range of topics including modern and contemporary art, painting, materiality, affect theory and algorithmic culture.She writes and lectures occasionally on pedagogical issues – for instance, on cultivating metacognitive skills in teaching writing.

Selected Presentations - Invited Lectures and Talks

2017         

(upcoming) Are We All Addicts Now? Central St. Martins, London

(upcoming) Uncertain Identities, Haus Für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland 

(upcoming) Panel Presenter on Collaborative Practices, ASC Gallery, London

“Performing the Financial Gaze,” n.w.w.n.n.l.o., Brussels

“Platform Indeterminism,” Corporated Culture: Art and the Quasi-Commons, ICA, London

“Social Impact: Artists Working with Business in the Big Society,” Laurie Grove Baths, Goldsmiths

“Social Impact Bonds and Socially Engaged Art,” Beyond Price & Profit: Art, Finance & the Question of Value, The New Centre for Research and Practice

“The Impact of Reputation Metrics on Contemporary Art Practices,”

Bibliometrics, University of Westminster, London

“Reputation Power, MFA Art and Curating Monday Lecture Series, Goldsmiths

“On Transmission: Art, Information and the Digital,” guest lecture and seminar for BA Fine Art Extension Critical Studies, Goldsmiths

Finance and Society 2(2) London Launch, Goldsmiths

Finance and Society 2(2) Launch, P! Gallery, New York 

2016         

“Financial Witness: Investing in Rehabilitation in the Actuarial Age, Financial Surveillance panel, Moneylab#3, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam

“Politics of Prediction,” Guest lecture for Year 1 BA Fine Art Critical Studies, Goldsmiths

“Office/Surface/Tension,” Tensegrity Symposium, Tenderpixel, London

“Financialization and the Investee,” Fictitious Capital, no.w.here, London

“Portals & Escapism” Workshop, PEER, London

“First Person Finance,” Abstract Cities panel, Urban Commons and Spatial

Practices, Tenderpixel, London

“What Moves Us: Immersive Economies and Composite Bodies,” New

Materialisms Reading Group, Banner Repeater, London

Publications

Book Section

It Sees (Notes Toward a Cultural History of Financial Vision)
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. It Sees (Notes Toward a Cultural History of Financial Vision). In: UNSPECIFIED, ed. Moneylab Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.

Reputation Addiction
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. Reputation Addiction. In: Vanessa Bartlett and Henrietta Bowden-Jones, eds. Are We All Addicts Now? Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 96-103. ISBN 978-1-78694-081-0

Techniques of Aberrant Extraction: Transacting Surplus Acts in an Age of Speculation
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. Techniques of Aberrant Extraction: Transacting Surplus Acts in an Age of Speculation. In: Marsha Bradfield; Metod Blejec; Cinzia Cremona; Verina Gfader; Amy McDonnell and Eva Sajovic, eds. A Market of Values: Transacting. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Theatre of Information
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. Theatre of Information. In: Sam Smith and Andrea Zucchini, eds. Here the Sun does not enter. London: Assembly Point. ISBN 978-0-9957691-0-6

Speculative Labour: On the Work of Charlotte Warne Thomas
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. Speculative Labour: On the Work of Charlotte Warne Thomas. In: Margarida Bröco Amorim; Alejandro J. Ball; Miriam La Rosa and Stefania Sorrentino, eds. In Transition: The Artistic and Curatorial Residency. London: CTC Press, pp. 24-33. ISBN 9780993358708

Factory-esque: Temporalities of Critique in Michael Landy's Breakdown
Rosamond, Emily. 2011. Factory-esque: Temporalities of Critique in Michael Landy's Breakdown. In: Ahlia Moussa and Simon Bentley, eds. Revisiting Ephemera. London, Ontario, Canada: MacIntosh Gallery/Blue Medium Press, pp. 37-52. ISBN 9780986750663 0986750662

Article

Shared Stakes, Distributed Investment: Socially Engaged Art and the Financialization of Social Impact
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. Shared Stakes, Distributed Investment: Socially Engaged Art and the Financialization of Social Impact. Finance and Society, 2(2), pp. 111-126. ISSN 2059-5999

All Data is Credit Data: Reputation, Regulation and Character in the Entrepreneurial Imaginary
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. All Data is Credit Data: Reputation, Regulation and Character in the Entrepreneurial Imaginary. Paragrana, 25(2), pp. 112-124. ISSN 0938-0116

Ghosted Clients, Oriented Strands: Composites and Class in Ian Gonczarow's Painting
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. Ghosted Clients, Oriented Strands: Composites and Class in Ian Gonczarow's Painting. Ian Gonczarow, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews,

The Surveillance Economy: Toward a Geopolitics of Personalization
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. The Surveillance Economy: Toward a Geopolitics of Personalization. Geopolitics, 86, pp. 22-29. ISSN 0831-859x

Technologies of Attribution: Characterizing the Citizen-Consumer in Surveillance Performance
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. Technologies of Attribution: Characterizing the Citizen-Consumer in Surveillance Performance. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 11(2), pp. 148-164. ISSN 1479-4713

Transfusing Abstraction: Darren Harvey-Regan's Metalepsis
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. Transfusing Abstraction: Darren Harvey-Regan's Metalepsis. Esse, 83, pp. 14-21. ISSN 0831-859x

The Background Speaks: David Mabb's Announcer and the Emergence of Information
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. The Background Speaks: David Mabb's Announcer and the Emergence of Information. Message, 2(1), pp. 20-25.

Species of Futurity in Business, Law and Finance
Rosamond, Emily. 2014. Species of Futurity in Business, Law and Finance. Who Thinks the Future?, pp. 7-11.

(Im)material Pedagogies
Rosamond, Emily. 2013. (Im)material Pedagogies. P.A.R.T.S.,

Object Lessons: David Askevold's Learning About Cars and Chocolates
Rosamond, Emily. 2012. Object Lessons: David Askevold's Learning About Cars and Chocolates. Esse, 75, pp. 30-33. ISSN 0831-859X

Un-designing: Serge Murphy, Architecture and Felt Time
Rosamond, Emily. 2012. Un-designing: Serge Murphy, Architecture and Felt Time. Esse, 74, ISSN 0831-859X

Patterning Particularity: Adrienne Spier's Furniture Sculptures
Rosamond, Emily. 2011. Patterning Particularity: Adrienne Spier's Furniture Sculptures. Esse, 73, ISSN 0831-859X

Conference or Workshop Item

On Reputation and Addiction
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'On Reputation and Addiction'. In: Are We All Addicts Now? Symposium and Book Launch. Central St Martins, United Kingdom 7 November.

Financial Vision and the Disinterested Gaze of Power
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'Financial Vision and the Disinterested Gaze of Power'. In: Intersections of Finance and Society. City, University of London, United Kingdom 2-3 November, 2017.

Reputation Capital/Reputation Warfare: Two Versions of the Optimal
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'Reputation Capital/Reputation Warfare: Two Versions of the Optimal'. In: All Things Optimal. Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom 25 October, 2017.

New Fluidities: Borders in the Age of Continuous Transformation
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'New Fluidities: Borders in the Age of Continuous Transformation'. In: Uncertain Identities. Haus Für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland 30 September, 2017.

Removing the Cap: Institutional Affectivity and the Financialization of British Art Education
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'Removing the Cap: Institutional Affectivity and the Financialization of British Art Education'. In: Ninth Critical Finance Studies Conference. University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

Reputation Management, Surveillance Capitalism and the Politics of Nudging
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'Reputation Management, Surveillance Capitalism and the Politics of Nudging'. In: London Conference in Critical Thought. London South Bank University, United Kingdom 30 June - 1 July, 2017.

Reputation Power
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'Reputation Power'. In: Goldsmiths MFA Lecture Series. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom.

Financial Witness: Investing in Rehabilitation in an Actuarial Age
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Financial Witness: Investing in Rehabilitation in an Actuarial Age'. In: MoneyLab #3. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

What is Reputation Capital? Character, Power and the Reputation Economy
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'What is Reputation Capital? Character, Power and the Reputation Economy'. In: Capital as Power: Broadening the Vista. York University, Canada 28-30 September, 2016.

What Moves Us: Immersive Economies and Composite Bodies
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'What Moves Us: Immersive Economies and Composite Bodies'. In: Banner Repeater New Materialisms Reading Group. Banner Repeater, United Kingdom 8 June, 2016.

Algorithmic Witnesses
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Algorithmic Witnesses'. In: Goldsmiths MFA Lecture Series. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom.

The Umwelt and the Operational Image
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. 'The Umwelt and the Operational Image'. In: Nematode. Wysing Arts Centre, United Kingdom 9 May, 2015.

Futures of the Future: Agriculture Between Business and Culture
Rosamond, Emily. 2014. 'Futures of the Future: Agriculture Between Business and Culture'. In: Vertical Farming and the Future of Food Conference. Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, United Kingdom 10 October, 2014.

Economic Figuration
Rosamond, Emily. 2014. 'Economic Figuration'. In: Critical Finance Studies VI. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 13-15 August, 2014.

The Future-Oracular: Prediction, Divination and the Politics of Certainty
Rosamond, Emily. 'The Future-Oracular: Prediction, Divination and the Politics of Certainty'. In: AUB Research Conference. Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom 3 April, 2017.

Thesis

Economies of Character (or, Character in the Age of Big Data)
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. Economies of Character (or, Character in the Age of Big Data). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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