Emily Rosamond is a writer and artist, whose research stems from an interest in how historically situated performances of self are intertwined with developments in financial and informatic 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); 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); and addressivity in online dating platforms (Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 2018).
Currently, Emily is working on a monograph on online reputation, and 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 Small Things Considered – Ceterus Paribus (Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, 2018); 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).
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)
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)
Emily is Joint Programme Leader on the BA Fine Art and History of Art. She currently teaches the second-year History of Art option module Frontiers of Performance Art, co-teaches the second-year core History of Art module Contemporaneities, and leads a teaching block on Digital and Data Publics on the BA Curating module Curating and the Public Sphere. 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. Emily also writes and lectures on pedagogical issues – for instance, on cultivating metacognitive skills in teaching writing.
Scholarships and Awards
2012-2014 Commonwealth Scholarship - Doctoral, CSC United Kingdom
2009-2012 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2006-2007 Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
1998-2002 President’s Scholarship, York University, Toronto
Reputation, literary character, contemporary art, performance art, financialization, metrification, creditworthiness, information politics, algorithmic governmentality.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. The Future-Oracular: Prediction, Divination and the Politics of Certainty. In: , ed. Schemas of Uncertainty. Amsterdam: Sandberg Instituut, pp. 141-158.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. 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.
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. It Sees (Notes Toward a Cultural History of Financial Vision). In: Inte Gloerich; Geert Lovink and Patricia de Vries, eds. Moneylab Reader Reader 2: Overcoming the Hype. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, pp. 101-114. ISBN 978-94-92302-19-9
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
Rosamond, Emily. 2012. Electricity Enslaved: Tonal Imagery of Progress, Incorporation, Extinction. In: , ed. Necrospective. London: Danielle Arnaud. ISBN 9780955872167
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
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. From Reputation Capital to Reputation Warfare: Online Ratings, Trolling, and the Logic of Volatility. Theory, Culture & Society, ISSN 0263-2764
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. Le capital de tempérament : les Actions à impact social et la financiarisation du comportement. Mouvements, 97, pp. 63-72.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. Developing an Experimental Retreat-Based Model for Fine Art Theory-Practice Teaching and Learning. Creative Pedagogies, 1(2), pp. 1-8.
Rosamond, Emily. 2018. The Sketch in the Work of Frances Stark, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Sue Tompkins. Esse, 93, pp. 38-49. ISSN 0831-859X
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. To sort, to match and to share: addressivity in online dating platforms. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 10(3), pp. 32-42.
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. Developing Student-Centred Metacognitive Parameters for Writing Feedback. Creative Pedagogies, 1(1), pp. 15-19.
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
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
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. Ghosted Clients, Oriented Strands: Composites and Class in Ian Gonczarow's Painting. Ian Gonczarow, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews,
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. A Premonition of the Act, Rose English / with, and, or, without, Florian Roithmayr, Camden Arts Centre. Esse(87), pp. 112-113. ISSN 0831-859X
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. The Surveillance Economy: Toward a Geopolitics of Personalization. Geopolitics, 86, pp. 22-29. ISSN 0831-859x
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
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. Transfusing Abstraction: Darren Harvey-Regan's Metalepsis. Esse, 83, pp. 14-21. ISSN 0831-859x
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. The Background Speaks: David Mabb's Announcer and the Emergence of Information. Message, 2(1), pp. 20-25.
Rosamond, Emily. 2012. Object Lessons: David Askevold's Learning About Cars and Chocolates. Esse, 75, pp. 30-33. ISSN 0831-859X
Rosamond, Emily. 2012. Un-designing: Serge Murphy, Architecture and Felt Time. Esse, 74, ISSN 0831-859X
Rosamond, Emily. 2012. Narrative Interrupted: Painting Between Progression and Duration. Lucky 7 Chanceux: Studio Arts MFA, pp. 72-75.
Rosamond, Emily. 2011. Patterning Particularity: Adrienne Spier's Furniture Sculptures. Esse, 73, ISSN 0831-859X
Rosamond, Emily. 2011. Pavillon levé (dix jours à vaincre les mortes-eaux). C Magazine, 112, pp. 47-48. ISSN 1480-5472
Conference or Workshop Item
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. 'Volatile Measures: the Financialization of Online Reputation'. In: 11th Critical Finance Studies Conference. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom 7-9 August 2019.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. 'This Community of Self: Algorithmic Friendship and the Performative Profile'. In: Performance of Self in Digital Space. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 23 May 2019.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. 'The Emancipated Trait: Characteristics Beyond Character in Online Surveillance'. In: Person/ne Forum. Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada 6 July 2019.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. 'From Reputation Capital to Reputation Warfare'. In: End of the World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 21-22 June 2019.
Chilver, John and Rosamond, Emily. 2018. 'John Chilver in conversation with Emily Rosamond'. In: John Chilver in conversation with Emily Rosamond. Xero, Kline and Coma, London, United Kingdom 22 July, 2018.
Rosamond, Emily. 2018. 'Second Selves: Auto/Biography, Figuration and the Financial Subject'. In: Tenth Critical Finance Studies Conference. University of Gothenburg, Sweden 9-11 August 2018.
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.
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.
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'New Fluidities: Borders in the Age of Continuous Transformation'. In: Uncertain Identities. Haus Für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland 30 September, 2017.
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.
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.
Rosamond, Emily. 2017. 'The Future-Oracular: Prediction, Divination and the Politics of Certainty'. In: AUB Research Conference. Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom 3 April, 2017.
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Financial Witness: Investing in Rehabilitation in an Actuarial Age'. In: MoneyLab #3. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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.
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Socially Engaged Art and the Financialization of Social Impact'. In: 8th Critical Finance Studies Conference. University of Southampton, United Kingdom 4-6 August 2016.
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.
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Risky Behaviour: Social Impact Bonds and the Financialization of Rehabilitation'. In: Risking Everything: The Computational Politics of Prediction, Security and Secrecy. Goldsmiths, University of London 20 May 2016.
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Character, Creditworthiness and Reputation: on Representational Logics of Control in the Surveillance Economy'. In: Control. Stockholm University, Sweden 14-17 June 2016.
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. 'Politics of the Shared Interior: on Digital Intimacy and Tangible Space'. In: Intimacies. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 1-2 June, 2015.
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. 'Economies of (Mis)Trust: Reputation as Capital in the Digital Age'. In: Seventh Critical Finance Studies Conference. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 19-21 August 2015.
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. 'Phantom Limbs and the Image-Object: Toward a Feminist Materialist Account of the Points of Contact Between Tangible and Digital Space'. In: Material Environments: Sensing Time And Matter In Digital And Visual Culture, University of Greenwich. University of Greenwich, United Kingdom 24-25 July 2015.
Rosamond, Emily. 2015. 'Surveillance, Preemption and the Production of Character in the Age of Big Data'. In: London Conference in Critical Thought 2015. University College London, United Kingdom 26-27 June 2015.
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.
Rosamond, Emily. 2011. 'Luxurious Renunciations: Wealth, Destruction and Critical Duration in Michael Landy's Breakdown'. In: Luxuries of the Literary Mind Conference. McGill University, Canada 4-5 March 2011.
Rosamond, Emily. 2010. 'Impersonating Ideology: The “Factory-Esque” and Temporalities of Critique in Recent Installation'. In: Revisiting Ephemera Conference. University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Rosamond, Emily. 2009. 'Spatializing Character: on the Work of Geoffrey Farmer'. In: A Measure of Place: Space in Text and Context. McGill University, Canada 5-7 February 2010.
Rosamond, Emily; Harris, Rowena; Prevett, James; Zaharia, Madalina and Craig, Kit. 2016. You must answer in the form of a question!. In: "You must answer in the form of a question!", ASC Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 3 October 2016.
Rosamond, Emily; Charlesworth, Dave; Cove, Ben; Estna, Merike; Gainan, Justin; Goodwin, Katie; Hughes, Catherine; Kiernander, Trevor; Pathan, Alia; Selby, Lisa; Systems House, M.; Taylor, Ross; Tilley, Annabel; Whatmore, Poppy and Zaharia, Madalina. 2019. Mimesis; Narrative; Against Hegemony!. In: "Mimesis; Narrative; Against Hegemony!", A.P.T. Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 25 January - 16 February 2019.
Rosamond, Emily. 2018. Small Things Considered - Ceteris Paribus. In: "Small Things Considered - Ceteris Paribus", Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 12 March - 4 May 2018.
Rosamond, Emily; Craig, Kit; Lawler, Alex; Prevett, Jim; Selby, Lisa; Harris, Rowena and Zaharia, Madalina. 2016. Say What?. In: "Say What?", ASC Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 9 September - 28 October 2016.
Rosamond, Emily; Pickering, Kate and Ounanian, Steven. 2014. before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared. In: "before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared", Tenderpixel, London, United Kingdom, 27 June - 26 July 2014.
Rosamond, Emily. 2008. The Patron Saint of Waterskiers and Other Entities. In: "The Patron Saint of Waterskiers and Other Entities", Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, 11 September - 16 November, 2008.
Rosamond, Emily. 2016. Economies of Character (or, Character in the Age of Big Data). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London