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Dr Marquard Smith
Art, Design & Museology
Department of Culture, Communication, & Media
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Marq is an academic, curator, editor, and commissioner, with twenty five years experience working mostly in an art school context, and collaborating with cultural organisations such as Arts Catalyst, Freud Museum, ICA, Live Art Development Agency, MK Gallery, Tate, Wellcome Collection, and Whitechapel on exhibitions, publications, and public programming.

As an academic manager, his roles have included Head of the School of Art and Design History, Kingston University, Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at Royal College of Art, and Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster.

Marq is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, Founder of the International Association for Visual Culture, and a Director/Board member of the Live Art Development Agency and The Arts Catalyst.

Research Summary
There are two often interwoven strands to Marq's research, publishing, and curating activities (1) arts education, artistic research, practice-based research, and archives, and (2) the future of the human in the visual, material, and immaterial culture of capitalist modernity. He is author of The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish (Yale UP), and editor and co-editor of over twenty books, catalogues, and themed issues of journals on topics ranging across the Arts and Humanities, including What is Research in the Visual Arts? (Yale UP), Visual Culture Studies (Sage), The Prosthetic Impulse (The MIT Press), and Stelarc: The Monograph (The MIT Press). Marq has curated exhibitions such as ‘How We Became Metadata'’(2010), ‘The Global Archive' (2012), and ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’(2015) at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, and his recent curatorial projects include 'Solitary Pleasures' at the Freud Museum, London (2018), 'Blood & Bones: Living with Cancer' at UCLH (2019), and 'Do the Right Thing' at Vilnius Academy of Arts (2019).

Teaching Summary

Marq teaches on the MA Museums & Galleries in Education programme. By way of his teaching, he's interested in exploring issues of history, memory, and archives. He's also keep to engage with the idea of research-as-praxis in which making, curating, and exhibitions as practice-led activities are generative of new ways of thinking, seeing, and knowing.

Marq would welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students working on these or related topics. He has supervised PhD projects that are by thesis, by project (Fine Art and Curation), and by publication. Topics have included: curating and globality, design as methodology, bio art and the micro, new media curation, sonorous performance, and typewriters. He's currently supervising seven students at UCL IoE and elsewhere, working on archives and cultural memory, critical pedagogy, visual culture, and artistic research.

01-SEP-2016 Associate Professor Culture, Communication & Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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