Directors of Studies

Angeliki Avgitidou (PhD) studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts (MA, PhD). She has exhibited internationally at venues that include the ICA (London) and the French Museum of Photography. She has participated in all three Performance Festivals of the Biennale of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki and the Performance Biennale Deformes (Chile). She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of The University of Western Macedonia in Greece and teaches on the MA Graphic Arts – Multimedia of the Greek Open University. She is Sounding Board member of the i-node of the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University. Her research interests include the everyday, autobiographical practices, body and space, gender and identity, performance and politics/activism, performance documentation and the archive. http://avgitidou.wix.com/art

Michael Bowdidge (PhD) is an artist who works with found objects, images and sound. He received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989, and completed his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. His project took the form of a practice-based investigation into the relationship between the later philosophy of Wittgenstein (specifically thePhilosophical Investigations) and assemblage sculpture. This research was fueled by the same curiosity about the possibilties of object-based sculptural practice which has also driven 20 years of creative production in this medium, resulting in a substantial number of exhibitions both within the United Kingdom and internationally. The notion of the sculptural as a distinctive set of qualities and criteria (after Koed) also informs his work. Michael works in a variety of educational contexts, which include academic and community settings. All of these activities enrich his teaching practice, and by extension, his creative output – as, for him, these two areas of endeavour are fundamentally intertwined. www.michaelbowdidge.co.uk

Andrew Cooks (PhD) was born in Sydney and is a painter. His research takes the pleasure garden as a model, together with pattern and decoration, and uses the concept of rambling – a walk for pleasure with neither route nor destination – to investigate his spatial experience. Andrew’s work has been exhibited in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States, and he has been teaching in a variety of academic institutions and community settings in Australia and the United States since 1982. He currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at Dutchess Community College in upstate New York. www.andrew-cooks.com/

Geoff Cox (PhD) is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Aesthetics and Communication, and Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University (DK). He is also an occasional artist, Adjunct faculty Transart Institute (DE/US), Associate Curator of Online Projects, Arnolfini, Bristol (UK), and part of the self-institution Museum of Ordure. His research interests lie in the areas of contemporary art and performance, software studies, network culture and a reappraisal of the concept of publicness. He is an editor for the DATA Browser book series (published by Autonomedia), and co-edited Economising Culture (2004), Engineering Culture (2005), Creating Insecurity (2009) and is working on Disrupting Business (for 2013). His latest book is Speaking Code: coding as aesthetic and political expression (MIT Press 2012). www.anti-thesis.net

Laura Gonzalez (PhD) is an artist and writer. Her recent practice encompasses film, performance, dance, photography and text, and her work has been exhibited and published in the UK, Europe and the US. She has spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with her camera, she lectures and supervises postgraduate students at various institutions around the world.  Her doctoral project, completed in 2010, investigated the practice of seduction. She is currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. She edited a collection of essays titled ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’ (2013) to which she contributed a chapter—although it is really a work— written with the artist Eleanor Bowen. www.lauragonzalez.co.uk

Elena Marcevska (PhD) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher (BA, Theatre directing MFA, Performance The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; PhD, University of Northampton). Following her doctoral study on Screen and feminist performance practice, she continued to focus on contemporary multimedia performance practices. For a number of years, her primary interest was on the use of the screen in performance. Through exploring performances which brought together screen, somatic performance practice and auto ethnography, she has increasingly turned her attention to relationships between performance, female body and digital writing. She is currently working on research about radical self-organised performance practices in South East Europe and their urban manifestation. www.elenamarcevska.com

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio (PhD) holds a European PhD in “Art History, Theory and Criticism” from the University of Barcelona. He is Post-Doctoral Visiting Researcher at United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM); PhD fellow at the research group “Art, Architecture and Digital Society” (UB), PhD associated researcher at the international platform “Global Visual Cultures”, and invited Professor of the Cultural Management Programme of the University of Barcelona. His current lines of investigation involve the subjects of intercultural processes, globalization and mobility in contemporary art and cultural policies, the interactions between artistic, educational, media and cultural practices in the Mediterranean, the cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe and the impact of new technologies on art, communication and contemporary society. As an art critic and independent curator he writes extensively for several international magazines. He is Editorial contributor at Culture360 – Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Managing Editor at ELSE – Transart Institute, and co-founder of the Platform for Contemporary Art and Thought, InterArtive (http://www.interartive.org).

Simon Pope’s (PhD) art practice is preoccupied with participatory art’s engagement with new materialism and concepts of the more-than-human. He was recently awarded a doctorate from the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford (2012-15) for the practice-led project, Who Else Takes Part? Admitting the more-than-human into participatory art.
Formerly a member of the Net.Art group I/O/D – Webby award winners in 2000 – he also represented Wales at their first exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Pope was a NESTA Fellowship awardee (2002-05), a Reader (tenured-Professor) in Fine Art (2005-10) and is currently an Associate Research Fellow of both Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London (2014-). He advises MFA and PhD students, and especially welcomes those with an interest in participation, dialogue, the more-than-human, the anthropocene, and ecological thinking, as they relate to contemporary art and creative practice more generally. He is a UK citizen, and permanent resident of Canada. http://www.tinyurl.com/simonpope

Wolfgang Sützl (PhD) is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer and educator chiefly concerned with a critique of violence and understanding the conditions in which such a critique is possible. His Ph.D. is in Philosophy from the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Spain where he wrote on “Emancipation or Violence. Aesthetic Pacifism in Gianni Vattimo”. Previously he was Principal investigator on the research project on media activism at the University of Innsbruck (2009-2012, funded by the Austrian Science Fund) and Chief researcher at World-Information.org, Vienna (2000-2006). He is currently a Visiting assistant professor at the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University; Faculty and research advisor, Transart Institute (New York/Berlin) and Faculty, MA Program Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck.  wolfgangsuetzl.net