My background in the art world has directed me to develop a more theoretical or philosophical approach to contemporary creative practices within the wider environmental humanities. My writing and pedagogy have been grounded by the spatial theme of dwelling or ‘inhabitation’ and new concepts of political ecology or ‘cohabitations’ following twentieth-century eco-criticism. I am particularly interested in questions concerning cultural production and reception in times of climate crisis and activism that explore a poetics of encounter, observation, and participation.
- PhD in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London 2008
- MA in Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London 2002
My research turns to environmental studies, everyday aesthetics, eco-phenomenology, and emerging discourses within the fields of New Materialism and Speculative Realism. Using these coordinates, I consider 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, and geopoetics.
Publications and research outputs
Roberdeau, Wood. 2022. Fog (a Delegation for Atmosphere). In: Benek Cincik and Tiago Torres-Campos, eds. Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation. Barcelona: dpr-barcelona. ISBN 9788494938870
Roberdeau, Wood. 2022. Experiments in Eco-poiesis: herman de vries and an Art of Immediacy. In: Fröydi Laszlo, ed. The Anthropocene Laboratory. Gothenburg: Förlaget 284.
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. 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. 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. 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. Affirming Difference: Everyday Aesthetic Experience after Phenomenology. Contemporary Aesthetics, 9,
Roberdeau, Wood. 2009. Ordinary Origins: Encountering Others Encountering Objects. rubric: nascent(1), pp. 6-9.
Conference or Workshop Item
Roberdeau, Wood and Turner, Lynn. 2019. 'Living Extinctions: Visual Cultures Public Programme Autumn Term 2019'. In: Living Extinctions: Visual Cultures Public Programme Autumn Term 2019. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 4 October - 12 December 2019.
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.
Further profile content
'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.
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups
Conferences and talks
‘Learning from Ice’ (with Susan Schuppli)
Visual Cultures Postgraduate Seminar, Goldsmiths, 04 November
‘Biopolitics of the Plasticene’
Institute for Advanced Studies/Urban Lab Waste, University College London, 24 January
'Experiments in Eco-poiesis: The Long-term Praxis of herman de vries'
Experimental Engagements, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts 33rd Annual Conference, University of California, Irvine, 7-9 November
'Feed Our Progress'
Sated, Visual Cultures Society and a/political, Goldsmiths, 21 May
'Cohabiting the Microcosm and Macrocosm'
Calculative Environments, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, 26 March
'Eco-Aesthetic Opacity and the Moving Image'
Darkness, Island Dynamics, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 13-17 January
'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
'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
‘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
What Does Climate Change? 80 Years of Environmental Politics – Left and Right, Platypus Affiliated Society, Goldsmiths, 23 October
‘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
‘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
‘Centralizing the Periphery: Social Art, Eco-aesthetics and Liminal Space’
Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian, University of York, York, 26-27 September