Senior Lecturer Fine Art (Theoretical and Contextual Studies)
Theo is a writer, researcher and Senior Lecturer in Theoretical and Contextual Studies. Prior to joining the School of Art, he taught at Nottingham Trent University and Goldsmiths College. His teaching experience spans a range of levels and subject areas, from MA Cultural Theory to Foundation Art and Design. He holds a BA in Fine Art, an MA in Critical Theory and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College.
His main interests cluster around the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in contemporary art. He has explored this theme through a PhD thesis, ‘After Transgression: Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigms of Contemporary Art’, which drew on the work of Jacques Lacan and Félix Guattari, and also through an ongoing project into the ethico-aesthetics of repair, which has involved working closely with authors in the fields of art history, design, philosophy and cultural studies in order to interrogate the broader issue of ‘repair’ as a cultural practice.
He has published articles, exhibition and book reviews in magazines such as Frieze and journals such as Parallax. Recent conference presentations have been made in Berlin, Copenhagen, Vancouver, and London.
His current research continues to explore the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, but pays particular attention to the strategies of deception and fiction in art and visual culture more generally. He is currently building on the success of a conference he organised (with Jon Shaw) entitled Fiction as Method, by editing a book on the same subject.