Emily Rosamond is a writer, artist, and Associate Editor of the journal Finance and Society. Her current work examines how the measurement of users’ behaviours, habits, and tendencies – by online reviewers, audience measurement companies, fintech startups, credit scoring corporations, and investors – newly foregrounds character and reputation as speculative logics of networked personhood.
Emily is currently working on a monograph on online reputation. Her other current and recent writings explore topics including character in social impact investing, YouTubers as platform infrastructure, networked desire in social media platforms, and the post-truth condition in art and culture.
Emily serves as Visual Cultres Department Chair of Learning and Teaching and Academic Representative, Programme Scrutiny Sub-Committee. She teaches on a range of subjects, including performance art, contemporary art theory, social media, art and finance, and digital and data publics.
- PhD Art, Goldsmiths, University of London 2016
- MFA Interdisciplinary Studies, Simon Fraser University 2007
- Independent 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
Teaching and Supervision
I currently teach on a wide range of topics across Visual Cultures BA programmes, including digital and data publics, post-digital art, performance art, online surveillance, conceptual art, and art markets. I recently convened the PG seminar series Volatility Cultures, which explored the entanglements of financialization, art and culture. I welcome PhD proposals in any of my research areas.
My research often explores unexpected connections between theories of financialization, literary character, contemporary art, performance, and algorithmic governmentality. I am currently working on a monograph, Reputation Warfare (forthcoming from Zone Books), which explores how online platforms amplify changes in the perceived value of people’s reputations. I argue that online platforms’ quantification of reputations – and amplification of conflicts about their value – is best understood in relation to financialization theory, given that finance is concerned not just with value as such, but with volatility: the changeability of measurable values.
Other current and recent writings have explored the implications of social impact investing for socially engaged art practices (Finance and Society, 2016) and in relation to literary theories of character (Journal of Cultural Economy, 2020); post-truth as bullying (in Fabricating Publics, Data Browser book series, Open Humanities Press, 2021); financialization, subjectivity and culture (forthcoming in Capitalism, Democracy, Socialism: Critical Debates, Philosophy and Politics book series, Springer); online dating platforms and assetized selves (Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 2018); reputation and character in the entrepreneurial imaginary (Paragrana, 2016); and represented selfhood in the surveillance performances of SWAMP, Hasan Elahi and Erica Scourti (International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 2015).
My art practice spans performance, painting, sculpture, writing, drawing, sound and video. It often involves experiments in inhabiting personas through intense engagements with materials. My ongoing project (recently exhibited in Semio-Technical Traffics, SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen, 2020), explores the oracular mode of address in prediction-rich environments, rife with biological and technological signalling systems.
Rosamond, Emily. 2022. Techniques of Aberrant Extraction: Transacting Surplus Acts in an Age of Speculation. In: Marsha Bradfield; Cinzia Cremona; Amy McDonnell and Eva Sajovic, eds. Transacting as Art, Design and Architecture: A Non-Commercial Market. Bristol: Intellect Books. ISBN 9781789384437
Rosamond, Emily; Ascher, Ivan; Hardin, Carolyn; Klein, Steven and Montgomerie, Johnna. 2021. Finance and the Financialization of Capitalism. In: James Chamberlain and Albena Azmanova, eds. Capitalism, Democracy, Socialism: Critical Debates. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Rosamond, Emily. 2021. Post-Truth as Bullying. In: Bill Balaskas and Carolina Rito, eds. Fabricating Publics: The Dissemination of Culture in the Post-Truth Era. Open Humanities Press, pp. 99-120. ISBN 9781785421051
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. 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. 2021. Derivative Character Investments: Social Impact Bonds as Path-Changing Devices. Journal of Cultural Economy, 14(4), pp. 485-497. ISSN 1753-0350
Rosamond, Emily. 2020. What Was to Have Happened? Tenses for a Cancelled Future. Metropolis M, ISSN 0168-9053
Rosamond, Emily. 2020. From Reputation Capital to Reputation Warfare: Online Ratings, Trolling, and the Logic of Volatility. Theory, Culture & Society, 37(2), pp. 105-129. 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. 2018. To sort, to match and to share: addressivity in online dating platforms. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 10(3), pp. 32-42. ISSN 2000-4214
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. 2021. 'Anna Engelhardt interviews Emily Rosamond on her forthcoming book Reputation Warfare'. In: Reputation Volatility: The Political Economy of Cyberwar. V.O. Curations, United Kingdom 5 November, 2021.
Rosamond, Emily. 2021. 'Portfolio of Personalities: Social Media, Micro-Celebrity and Self-Assetization'. In: People Like You: A New Political Arithmetic. United Kingdom 11 June 2021.
Rosamond, Emily. 2021. 'In the Realm of the Weak Tie: Social Networks, Turning Points and Serendipitous Desire'. In: Libidinal Economies of Contemporary Capitalism. City, University of London, United Kingdom 15 – 16 April 2021.
Rosamond, Emily. 2019. 'Character Capital: Social Impact Bonds and the Financialization of Behaviour'. In: Intersections of Finance and Society. City, University of London, United Kingdom 12-13 December 2019.
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
Further profile content
Two-person Exhibition (with Kristoffer Ørum)
SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen
10 January - 15 February, 2020
Conferences and talks
“Character Capital: Social Impact Bonds and the Financialization of Behaviour”
Intersections of Finance and Society conference, City, University of London
“Volatile Measures: the Financialization of Online Reputation”
Eleventh Critical Finance Studies Conference, University of Birmingham
Schemas of Uncertainty: Soothsayers and Soft AI symposium, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam
“The Investment-Image of Contemporary Art”
Post-Capitalist Photography Now!, The Photographers Gallery, London
“Surveillance Capitalist Aesthetics”
AMP Symposium, Royal College of Art, in partnership with Pump House Gallery, London
“Volatile Measurement Environments”
New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently, Kunstgebäude, Stuttgart
“Profiling in Predictive Cultures”
Fine Art Lecture Series, Oxford Brookes University
MoneyLab #4, Somerset House, London
“Reputation and Surveillance Capitalist Aesthetics”
Intersections of Finance and Society conference, University of Edinburgh
“Second Selves: Auto/Biography, Figuration and the Financial Subject”
Tenth Critical Finance Studies Conference, University of Gothenburg
MFA Art and Curating Monday Night Art Lecture Series, Goldsmiths
“Identity Trouble (On the Blockchain)”
DAOWO Blockchain Laboratory and Debate Series, Goethe Institute, London
“Financial Vision and the Disinterested Gaze of Power”
Intersections of Finance and Society conference, City, University of London
“Reputation Capital/Reputation Warfare: Two Versions of the Optimal”
All Things Optimal, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick
“Removing the Cap: Institutional Affectivity and the Financialization of British Art Education”
Ninth Critical Finance Studies Conference, University of Leicester
“Reputation Management, Surveillance Capitalism and the Politics of Nudging”
London Critical conference, London Southbank University
MFA Art and Curating Monday Night Art Lecture Series, Goldsmiths
Grants and awards
2012: Commonwealth Scholarship - Doctoral, CSC United Kingdom
2009: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2006: Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
1998: President’s Scholarship, York University, Toronto