Friday 14.6.2024, 12–6 pm
The Court Room at Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB

Irit Rogoff, Annie Fletcher, Elisa Storelli, Marcus Coates, Adrian Heathfield, Adnan Madani, Simon O’Sullivan

The Ph.D / M.Res program in Advanced Practices (Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths) is a far reaching and coordinated project to understand and articulate a vocabulary to describe and re value composite practices across the arts, humanities and social sciences. At its heart is an understanding that research, previously understood to be preparatory, is in fact the main event and increasingly the very subject of practices.

These practices operate differently than inter or multi disciplinarity, being multi positional, creating new relations between knowledges and operating through newly invented methods. Advanced Practices are unique in moving methods and protocols from arts practices across to modes of study seen to be more empirical, more material and more analytical, and allowing these to reconceptualise themselves.

The political drive of the project is spurred by the increasing managerialism of knowledge production, its subjection to narrow models of evaluation and the demands for research and practice to result in predictable and legible outcomes. The project’s aim is to launch a platform for the revaluation of value, to stress the incommensurability of practice driven research to outcome imperatives. How to produce an understanding of the shifting tectonics of research and the actual working of paradigm shifts is the main drive of the project.


Introduction to ‘Advanced Practices’ – Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures

Presentation by Annie Fletcher, Director of IMMA Dublin
Response by Adrian Heathfield, Professor of Visual Cultures

Presentation by Elisa Storelli, Artist
Response by Adnan Madani, Lecturer in Visual Cultures

Presentation by Marcus Coates, Artist
Response by Simon O’Sullivan, Professor of Art Theory and Practice


Irit Rogoff
Professor of Visual Cultures

Professor Irit Rogoff is one of the initiators of the transdisciplinary field of Visual Culture and founders of the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths. Rogoff works between academic teaching, theoretical writing, curatorial projects and organizing public study. Together with Nora Sternfeld, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Louis Moreno and Massimiliano Mollona, she formed the freethought collective in 2011.

Annie Fletcher
Director IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Annie Fletcher is a curator, she graduated De Appel Curatorial Program and Goldsmiths MA in Contemporary Art Theory. She worked as Chief Curator of the Vanabbemuseum in Eindhoven NL before becoming director of IMMA in 2020. As part of her expansive practice Fletcher co-founded the platform “If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution” which commissions work, collaborates with artists and organises displays and public events.

Elisa Storelli

Elisa Storelli is a swiss italian artist based between Brissago and Berlin. Her practice – Chronomorphology – is dedicated to the artistic investigation of time. Her numerous ‘time’ installations deal with the malleability of time and with the probes that one set of time locations send into other worlds out in the galaxy. Storelli’s work has been shown at Kunsthaus Zürich; Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2022; GAK, Bremen; CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; among others.

Marcus Coates

Marcus Coates is a contemporary artist living in London. By exploring the lived realities of people, animals and nature, Marcus Coates attempts to understand how we relate to each other and the world around us. He re-enacts states of being – a process of radical empathy – to question what it means to be alive now, our history and future. Solo exhibitions include Between Stories, Kate MacGarry, London (2024); Conference for the Birds, Cherryburn Cottage, Northumberland, UK (2023); The Directors, Artangel, London, UK (2022); The Animal That Therefore I Am, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China (2020); The Last of Its Kind, Workplace Gallery, London, UK (2018); Dawn Chorus, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain (2015); The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2010). Coates was nominated for the Fourth Plinth in 2013.


Simon O’Sullivan
Professor of Art Theory and Practice

Simon O’Sullivan is a theorist and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art practice, performance and continental philosophy. He has published widely in these areas, often in relation to Deleuze and Guattari and, more recently in relation to fictioning and myth-work. His most recent monographs are From Magic and Myth-Work to Care and Repair (2024) and (written with David Burrows) Fictioning: The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy (2019).

Adnan Madani
Lecturer in Visual Cultures

Dr. Adnan Madani is an artist, writer and curator interested in contemporary subjectivities in relation to philosophies of globalization, religious/secular life and intercultural encounter. Other areas of specialisation include contemporary South Asian art and popular urban cultures in Pakistan. With Jean-Paul Martinon, Madani co-authored a book Visual Cultures as World-Forming (2024), co-published by Sternberg Press and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Adrian Heathfield
Professor of Visual Cultures

Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance. He is the author of Out of Now, a monograph on the artist Tehching Hsieh, editor of four books (Things That Go through Your Mind When Falling, Ally, Live: Art and Performance, Small Acts) and co-editor of the collections Perform, Repeat, Record and Shattered Anatomies. He co-curated the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003). He was curator of Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), attaché for the Biennale of Sydney (2016) and with freethought, an artistic director of the 2016 Bergen Assembly.

The conference is supported by CHASE and the Department of Visual Cultures. 

Statement from the Organisers:
This symposium and its participants stand in solidarity with the UCU’s call for a global academic boycott of Goldsmiths in light of the ongoing major redundancies, in support of staff and students. We are here on campus today to raise awareness of this unprecedented assault on both our intellectual culture and our thriving student life. We also ask you to consider donating to our strike fund, which will help us resist the proposed cuts, and protect the livelihoods and futures of all of us who are dedicated to continuing what makes Goldsmiths special. 

Pedagogies of Transition: Studies for the Future of Instituent Practices

A discussion series organised by Monash University, Australia and Goldsmiths, University of London

An internal, informal, Goldsmiths-student-led event that will happen on 22 March, Wednesday, 11:30 am, online on Zoom.

Pedagogies of Transition: Studies for the Future of Instituent Practices

Session 1: Oceanic Visions – Institution as a Boat with guest Larys Frogier

This internal session aims to invite students from both Goldsmiths and Monash University (Australia) to think about the notion of “institution as boat” and how this reframes our understanding of territory, horizon and infinity. Larys Frogier, researcher, advisory member will join the discussion to share his reflections based on his practices as the former director of the Rockbund Art Museum.

Instead of a heavily “theory-driven” session, this session is more keen on inviting everyone to collectively think about what “institution as boat” may imply, and how it connects to our everyday practices. For instance, the current strike situation at the Goldsmiths - therefore this event is not intended as interruption to strike but a moment of student-led reflection.

Register here:

More information, readings, and Zoom link:

As part of the Pedagogies of Transition: Studies for the Future of Instituent Practices program, students from MPhil/PhD Advanced Practices program at the department of Visual Cultures (Ka Yuet Lau, Deniz Kirkali, Iris Long) have collaboratively curated three internal events with students from both Goldsmiths and University of Monash, each taking place one week before the public session. The internal session will be an opportunity for students from the two schools to come together to read, discuss and think collectively in regards to the event theme(s).

Kindly note that the Notion link will be updated when the second and third event approaches, stay tuned!

Elham Puriya Mehr’s new article on curatorial activism in Iran

PhD Fellow Elham Puriya Mehr has published a new article “Curatorial Activism in Iran” in Field: Journal of Socially Enanged Art Criticism:

Alison Moloney awarded the John Ellerman Foundation Protea International Curatorial Exchange grant for a research study visit to Museum Africa, Johannesburg

PhD researcher Alison Moloney has been awarded the John Ellerman Foundation Protea International Curatorial Exchange grant which will enable her to undertake a research study visit to Museum Africa, Johannesburg.

Museum Africa is Johannesburg’s social and cultural history museum which grew from the personal collection of Africana belonging to John Gaspard Gubbins (b. 1877 England - d. 1935 South Africa) who moved from the UK to South Africa in 1902. The Museum also holds the Bernberg Costumes & Textiles Collection, an extensive archive of European fashion objects with some 16,562 items dating from the 1800s to the late 1900s, imported into South Africa or made locally. The garments, collected by the Bernberg sisters, were almost exclusively worn and donated by white South Africans. This project aims to address the ongoing absences of black South African fashion histories that these objects reveal.

Heidi Rustgaard’s project Fest en Fest – YOUTH in Portugal; Fest en Fest selected for Perform Europe with the project: Feminist futures – Towards antiracist and intersectional stages, and a new work Amplified Edition N ° 2 at Rosendal Teater Norway
Fest en Fest - YOUTH

MRes researcher Heidi Rustgaard has been working on a Fest en Fest – YOUTH. Fest en Fest - YOUTH invites local teenagers to come together and think about what a festival of the future might look and feel like, to initiate, choreograph and curate a festival on their terms, facilitated by H2DANCE. The project forms part of FÔLEGO an art and community development project that works on the issue of climate change and environmental sustainability, linking it to forest fires in Portugal.

Funded by Eea and Norway grants, EEA Grants Connecting Dots with partners in Portugal, Norway and Iceland. Produced by Academia de Produtores Culturais and Mapa das Ideias

Fest en Fest – YOUTH is new project that runs alongside Fest en Fest, an international festival of expanded choreography initiated and curated by Hanna Gillgren (SE) and Heidi Rustgaard (NO) from H2DANCE ( in collaboration with producer Natalie Richardson (UK) since 2018.
Fest en Fest - YOUTH takes place in Serta Portugal on the 13th of April.

Perform Europe

Fest en Fest have been selected for Perform Europe with the project: Feminist futures – Towards antiracist and intersectional stages
Fest en Fest/H2DANCE together with 7 European organisations collaborate to present live presentations of We Should All be Dreaming (WSABD) and a digital screening of Cosmic Latte by Sonya Lindfors. The long-term strategic aim is to collaborate together to platform and promote queer, feminist, decolonial, migrant and human-centered artist-led initiatives across Europe.

Partners: Sonya Lindfors (Finland), Rosendal International Theatre (Norway), RE:LOCATIONS – Digital festival by WILDTOPIA ApS (Denmark), CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (Norway), Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken gUG (Germany), LIFT Festival (UK), Independent Dance (UK), H2DANCE/Fest en Fest (UK)

We Should All be Dreaming - online
by Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim.
22nd January at Rosendal Teater NO

Cosmic Latte by Sonya Lindfors- film screening & artists talk - online
19 March at Re Locations Digital Festival DK

We Should all be Dreaming - workshop 
22 April at CODA Dance festival NO

We Should all be Dreaming - installation
27 April  at Oyoun Berlin DE

We should all be Dreaming installation
LIFT festival London UK - date to be announced soon

We should all be Dreaming workshop
25 & 26 June at Independent Dance London UK

Amplified Edition N ° 2

Heidi Rustgaard will be performing my most recent work Amplified Edition N ° 2 at Rosendal Teater Norway on 7 May 2022.

Amplified Edition N ° 2 is the 2nd part of the Amplified Edition series by H2DANCE. The first edition was based on the black box theatre and its objects and materials, and premiered at Rosendal Teater (NO) October 2019. Amplified Edition N ° 2 continues this series by investigating utilitarian and omnipresent plastic sheeting. Using tarpaulin, a cheap everyday material as the prime choreographic material, the work is built around five chapters that are performed in the gallery context. Material and sound from each chapter accumulate throughout the day, creating transformative sound environments as a result of each performance activation.

The work explores the potential for the material to transcend its normative function into existence somewhere in between object and subject, between sculptural field and figurative presence. Choreography occurs in the meeting between bodies, voices, objects and space triggering movement and sound in the material. Using their voices the performers create vocal choreographic landscapes, that stretch, slow down, speed up, break apart, distract and crash into one another, never quite reaching harmony.

Amplified Edition N ° 2 inhabits a space that questions how the gallery amplifies objects into art and how it choreographs visual, sonic and haptic encounters with representation. The work exists in the echoes and reverberations between performers, objects and visitors, and in the shifting transvaluation of incidental materiality.

More info here:

Graphic image: Kaisa Lassinaro

Photos: Benedict Johnson

LABVERDE Art Immersion Programme in Brazil  and Curatorial Grant awarded to Camilla Palestra

PhD researcher Camilla Palestra has been invited to participate in the LABVERDE Art Immersion Programme in the Amazon, Manaus, Brazil, in September 2022 for which she has been awarded the Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant.

LABVERDE: Art Immersion Program in the Amazon functions as a multidisciplinary platform for the development of nature and ecology critical thinking. Artists, scientists and other agents of knowledge come together to recognize and narrate nature, in an attempt to create new ways of existing and interacting with the natural environment, as well as speculate on possible futures. The program’s main goal is to promote artistic creation through a constructive debate about environmental issues generated by theory, data and life experiences in the Amazon rainforest. Transdisciplinary content fosters a critical perspective on the role of art in engaging social-ecological behaviour.

With support from:

Curatorial residency in Barcelona and Madrid and participation in an exhibition at Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, granted to Gema Darbo

Our colleague MRes Advanced Practices student Gema Darbo has been granted a curatorial residency in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. 

Matadero’s Centre for Artists in Residence, and LOOP, through an agreement with Fabra i Coats and Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica offered a joint call, which has the specific goals of providing work space, economic resources, institutional support and international visibility to a curator from any background. The residency is divided into two periods: an initial stay in Barcelona in May, supported and managed by LOOP in partnership with Fabra i Coats: Fábrica de Creación and Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, and a second stay in Madrid in June, managed by the Matadero Centre for Artists in Residence. As a result of the residency, the curator will take part in an exhibition around the idea of ‘Home’ as the central axis, to be held at Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica in September 2022.

Accordingly, this initiative aims to:

Promote the professional development of art curators.

Provide curators who are interested in the local context with institutional support and spatial and economic resources to facilitate their research. Establish a context of backing and training so that the purpose of the residency sees the light of day in the best possible conditions. Establish connections between the various players in the city’s art scene, the institution and the public. Dissemination and internationalisation of the selected curator’s work through the presentation of the research undertaken during the residency, leading to collaboration within an exhibition at the Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica in September 2022.

Exhibitions ‘Ground is Falling’ and ‘Temporal Stack: the Deep Sensor’ by Iris Long, Nov to Jan, 2022

The exhibition the Ground is Falling, will run through till Jan 6th, 2022, it is curated by Iris Long, a PhD researcher at Advanced Practices. 

Flying above the ground could mean taking an expedition, or it could imply going into exile, while falling into the Earth’s core could be a return to orbit. The one-way vertical universe is confronting an epistemological reorganization. Beyond the upper bounds of engineering and the limits of mechanics, the political, technological, and cultural power projected into space constructs another kind of deep time that extends into deep space. It forces us to reconsider everything that we have inscribed or woven: people, fragments, signals, space minerals, and various suppositions and deductions in space. What the exhibition projects is simply one version of many potential narratives; it is condensed into a specific deep space that one human body is narrating.

The exhibition Temporal Stack: the Deep Sensor, will run through till Nov 7th, 2021, it is curated by Iris Long and He Zike.

The Karst landscapes inscribe a secret and endless kind of “time” towards the earth’s core: the solutional processes have led to a hollow, negative-form space under the earth’s surface, within which underground rivers flicker in view. In Guizhou area, the Karst geology becomes a compressed biscuit of “time”, interweaving traces of paleontological fossils, native legends about cave burials and underground worlds, also bearing a series of “tech-infrastructures”, ranging from data centers to the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope. Layer upon layer, the exhibition unfolds the abstract narrations about big data, “cloud” or cosmology, and in reverse folds them into the infrastructures supporting such notions, and what supports the “infrastructures”: rivers, valleys, caves, stratum.

LIVE Assembly: Repair & Care
by Elham Puriya Mehr, Nov 4-6

On November 4th to 6th 2021, national and international artists, activists, scholars, and curator are invited to collaborate in presentations about how small art organizations can better serve local communities and help shape the future of LIVE Biennale. Curatorial team leader is Elham Puriya Mehr, visiting PhD Fellow of Advanced Practices. 

This assembly is a platform to think about the thin lines between governmentality, anti-hegemony, and the beginning of a new relationship with local communities. For LIV Assembly: Repair and Care, we will discuss these challenges over a three-day program. On the first day we will concentrate on self-reflexivity and critique as performance art institutions. On the second day we are asking: “What do communities want from arts organizations?” as we div into methodologies and strategies to recognize and support them. On the third and final day, we will envision new models of governance for arts organizations and consider what a different LIVE Biennale can be. 

The LIVE Assembly includes: Dave Beech, Jo-Anne Birnie-Dankzer, Paul Couillard, Chris Creighton-Kelly, Margaret Dragu, Snežana Golubović, Adrian Heathfield, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, Doug Jarvis, Peter Morin, Paul O'Neill, Raqs Media Collective, Irit Rogoff, and Daina Warren.

We invite participants from all over the world to join us in a provocative discourse where we wil imagine new futures for art organizations and the communities they serve.

Exhibition Metafotografia 3
by Francesca Lazzarini, Oct 24

The exhibition Metafotografia 3, at BACO, Bergamo (IT) runs until 24th Oct. Conceived by Mauro Zanchi and Sara Benaglia, the long-term exploration on experimental practices in Italian contemporary photography have seen, in this third edition, the collaboration of Francesca Lazzarini, curator and MPhil/PhD researcher in Advanced Practices. Beside addressing social and political matters, the artists involved in the groupshow challenge the limits and possibilities of the medium, thus inviting to a general reconsideration of photography. For the related catalogue, edited by Skinnerbook, Francesca wrote a text addressing the fertile relationship between practice and theory, the expansion of the photographic field, and the potential of the post-photographic as the experience of "being-within an outside" (Agamben).

Air Trieste, the programme of residency run by Francesca, is now hosting the filmmaker Katharina Copony. Her research focuses on the world of psychiatry in Trieste and in particular on the legacy of Franco Basaglia. Rather than concentrating on the progressive dismantlement of Basaglian system operated accordingly to neoliberal interests, Katharina engages with the energies and effects it generated. The collaboration with the theatre group Accademia della Follia and with other experiences such as Radio Fragola, allows her work not only to explore but also embrace Basaglian instances, thus reactivating its affective potential.

Exhibition ‘Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism’
Weitian Liu, 14 Aug-16 Oct

Weitian Liu, MPhil/PhD researcher, recently worked on the curatorial team of ‘Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism’, an exhibition that runs from 14th August to 16th October 2021 at Glasgow Women’s Library. With Rachel Boyd, Weitian co-curated a selection of work by feminist documentary photographer Franki Raffles.

Caixaforum Exhibition & CIMAM Conference
by Xavier Acarín Wieland, 21 Oct

From October 2021 to February 2022, Xavier Acarín Wieland, student of MPhil/PhD Advanced Practices, is curating an exhibition for Caixaforum in Barcelona.

Xavier also received a travel grant to assist the CIMAM Conference in November in Poland.

Exhibition Data Choreographies
by Anne Julie Arnfred, Nov 4

‘Data Choreographies’ by Anne Julie Arnfred, PhD Fellow from Roskilde University, opens November 4th, 2022 at Catch (Center for Art, Technology and Design) in Elsinore.

The exhibition is one out of several events that is harvested from the intensive collaborative process that has taken place the last year between data scientists from the University of Southern Denmark, visual artists, choreographers, researchers and curators (as facilitators rather than auteurs)  reflecting upon and discussing what data choreographies is and could be.

Also, an interview with Anne Julie Arnfred is available for a read in Danish, about her research and the exhibitions as process that form part of her practice-based PhD, in the Danish Journal Forskerforum (Researcher Forum)

Exhibition An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives
by Irit Rogoff and Nora Sternfeld, Oct 16

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents ‘An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives’, an online exhibition conceptualized by the Advanced Practices Tutor Irit Rogoff together with Nora Sternfeld for freethought collective.

What are the lives of exhibitions? Are exhibitions microcosms of the worlds one inhabits? Are exhibitions the sum of the works exhibited? The traces of the research done for them? The great issues they can point to? How does one think about exhibitions? What does one take away from them into other thoughts, other worlds? Reflecting on these questions, An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives offers a meditation on how exhibitions leave a lasting influence by means of an exercise in listening. The archive speaks to and about exhibitions which—albeit not equally recognized in terms of status or importance by conventional art history—have made a difference to the thinking and working practices of those who have encountered them, both then and now.

An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives can be visited via this link from September 14, 2021.

A program to launch the online exhibition, conceived by Irit Rogoff and Nora Sternfeld for freethought, takes place on October 16, 2021, from 3–6:30pm CEST at BAK, with Larry Achiampong, and Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock.

Paper Destituent Potential of De-Subjectivised Communities at ESSCS 2021
by Vaida Stepanovaite, 23-27 Aug

On 25th August, 2021, researcher at MPhil/PhD Advanced Practices Vaida Stepanovaite presented an academic paper Destituent Potential of De-Subjectivised Communities, for the European Summer School in Cultural Studies event this year titled ‘Art in Common(s) - Understanding Art and Communality’ in Copenhagen. 

ESSCS 2021 was hosted by the New Carlsberg Foundation’s Research Centre “Art as Forum”, University of Copenhagen.

The research travel was supported by the Graduate School Fund, and the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths. 

Academic paper at XI Lisbon Consortium Summer School for the Study of Culture
by Stu Hansom, 28 June-3 July 2021

On 28 June 2021, Stu Hansom, researcher at MPhil/PhD Advanced Practices, presented an academic paper titled 'Creating the space for the Ease - an atmosphere for conviviality', to the XI Lisbon Consortium Summer School for the Study of Culture conference 2021 ‘Convivial Cultures’ in Lisbon.

This programme was the final public activity undertaken by the programme 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Absent Audience conference
by the Advanced Practices’ Laboratory, 10-11 June

On 10-11th June, 2021, the Advanced Practices’ Laboratory held a virtual two-day conference Absent Audience, with guest speakers Gabi Ngcobo and Sarah Pierce.

The event conference presented collaborative research on the Johannesburg Biennial 1997 as a reflection on a case study from the middle. During the two days an opportunity was provided to engage with questions of knowing, remembering, methods of navigation and multiplicity of knowledges.

The ‘Absent Audience’ event was supported by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership and the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths.

More about the event

Short film presentation at AHRA PhD Symposium
by Stu Hansom, 31 March - 2 April 2021

On 31 March 2021, Stu Hansom, researcher at MPhil/PhD Advanced Practices, presented a short film '[title to follow]', at the AHRA PhD Symposium 2021 ‘Researching (in) the City, Embeddedness, Relations + Collaborations' at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. 

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