Dr Wood Roberdeau

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email w.roberdeau (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7496
Dr Wood Roberdeau

Wood Roberdeau is a theorist working on contemporary art and exhibition practices within the wider environmental humanities. His writing is informed by the spatial theme of dwelling and new concepts of political ecology after twentieth-century eco-criticism; it investigates the activation of visual art within philosophical post-humanism, particularly in terms of subjectivity and agency, the ontology of objects and materiality, cultivation and agriculture, temporal scale effects, everyday aesthetics, and geopoetics. Wood also co-chairs the Critical Ecologies research stream, as part of Technologies, Worlds, Politics. 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2008
  • MA, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, 2002
  • BA, French Literature, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 1999


Wood teaches Conceptual Ecologies, a core course on the MA in Contemporary Art Theory. For the BA in History of Art and BA in Fine Art/History of Art, he convenes Space & Time (year 1), Inhabitations (year 2) and Cohabitations (year 2). Past BA teaching has included core module Introduction to Art History (year 1), London Art Worlds (study abroad students), Postmodernities (years 2 and 3) and core module Contemporaneities (year 2). From 2016-2019, he takes up the key departmental role of Chair of Learning and Teaching. 

Areas of supervision

Projects that connect with the following thematic research clusters in the department of Visual Cultures are welcome: Environmental Humanities and Ecologies; Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory; Political Aesthetics.

Professional activites

Wood is a member of the following learned societies: Association of Art Historians; Centre for Studies of Home; Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network; Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.

Featured work

  • 'Eco-Aesthetic Opacity and the Moving Image', Darkness, Island Dynamics, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 13-17 January, 2019
  • 'Monochrome Green: On Eco-Aesthetics, Reductionism and Abstraction', Green, The European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts 12th Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-16 June, 2018
  • 'Time and Environment in The Survivalist', Out of Time, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts 31st Annual Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, 9-12 November, 2017
  • ‘Nature vs. Culture: Xenotext and the Poetic Limit’, After Biopolitics, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts 29th Annual Conference, Rice University, Houston, 12-15 November, 2015
  • What Does Climate Change? 80 Years of Environmental Politics – Left and Right, Platypus Affiliated Society, Goldsmiths, 23 October, 2015
  • Critical Environments, co-curated with Lynn Turner, Visual Cultures Public Programme, Goldsmiths, Spring Term, 2015
  • ‘Readymade Rurality and Ecological Non-knowledge: Imagining the Art Farm’, Re-imagining Rurality, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, London, 27-28 February, 2015
  • ‘Sites of Vital Materiality: Art History’s Apiaries and Ecologies of Everyday Life’, Art History and Ecology, Association of Art Historians 40th Anniversary Conference, Royal College of Art, London, 10-12 April, 2014
  • ‘Centralizing the Periphery: Social Art, Eco-aesthetics and Liminal Space’, Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian, University of York, York, 26-27 September, 2013

Research Interests

Environmental Studies; Everyday Aesthetics; Domesticities; Political Ecologies (Guattari, Latour); Phenomenology, Speculative Realism, New Materialism (Heidegger, Morton, Bennett); Eco-Psychology (Gibson); Sociology (De Certeau, Lefebvre).


Book Section

Roberdeau, Wood. 2018. After Baruchello: Agricultural Encounters in Contemporary Art. In: Ben Stringer, ed. Rurality Re-imagined: Villagers, Farmers, Wanderers and Wild Things. Novato, California: ORO Editions/Applied Research & Design. ISBN 978-1-940743-34-9

Roberdeau, Wood. 2004. 'Untitled, 1982-1983', 'Biography'. In: , ed. Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas. Dallas Museum of Art: Yale University Press.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2003. ‘Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled’. In: , ed. Dallas Museum of Art: 100 Years. Dallas Museum of Art.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2003. ‘Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #398’. In: , ed. Dallas Museum of Art: 100 Years. Dallas Museum of Art.


Roberdeau, Wood. 2018. Scalar Aesthetics of Ecocinema: The Wall and The Survivalist. Transformations Journal of Media, Culture and Technology(32),

Roberdeau, Wood. 2017. Kurt Schwitters and 27 Senses: Resonances in Norway, England and Time. Dada/Surrealism, 21, ISSN 0084-9537

Roberdeau, Wood. 2017. A Withdrawing Vital Material. TAKE on art magazine, 3(1),

Roberdeau, Wood. 2016. You Must Carry Me Now: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, ISSN 1756-9575

Roberdeau, Wood. 2013. Gastronomic Worldviews of Transubstantiation. Parallax, 19(1), pp. 128-131. ISSN 1353-4645

Roberdeau, Wood. 2012. Meal Time as Medium: Duration and the work of AO&. Performance Research, 17(5), pp. 130-134. ISSN 1352-8165

Roberdeau, Wood. 2012. Poetic Recuperations: The Ideology and Praxis of Nouveau Réalisme. Journal of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art,

Roberdeau, Wood. 2011. Going Public by Boris Groys. Art & the Public Sphere, 1(2), pp. 229-233.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2011. Developing the Negative. Philosophy of Photography, 2(1), pp. 169-173. ISSN 2040-3682

Roberdeau, Wood. 2011. Affirming Difference: Everyday Aesthetic Experience after Phenomenology. Contemporary Aesthetics, 9,

Roberdeau, Wood. 2010. Immanence as Aesthetic Documentation. rubric: document(3), pp. 10-14.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2009. Ordinary Origins: Encountering Others Encountering Objects. rubric: nascent(1), pp. 6-9.

Conference or Workshop Item

Roberdeau, Wood and Turner, Lynn. 2015. 'Critical Environments: Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring Term 2015'. In: Critical Environments: Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring Term 2015. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom January-March 2015.


Roberdeau, Wood. 2013. The Ecological.

Printed Ephemera

Roberdeau, Wood. 2015. Poetic|Baroque|Differential.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2014. Quiet Totemism.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2010. 'Happiness Is Closer than You Think'.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2002. Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Talo/The House.

Roberdeau, Wood. 2000. Mona Hatoum, Roni Horn, Teresita Fernández.