Dr Theo Reeves-Evison

Theo Reeves-Evison

Senior Lecturer in Theoretical and Contextual Studies

Birmingham School of Art

Dr. Theo Reeves-Evison is a writer, researcher and Senior Lecturer in Theoretical and Contextual Studies, where his research focuses on the critical imbrications of Art, Ecology and Visual Culture.

From 2018-22 he was the principal investigator on the Leverhulme funded research project ‘Speculative Natures: Contemporary Art and Interventionist Ecology,’ which resulted in several publications, workshops and curated events. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to research, often collaborating across the Arts, Social and Environmental Sciences. Much of his recent work is informed by a curiosity about how environmental futures come into being through forms of planning and prediction, and the broader role of art and visual culture in how futures of climate change and biodiversity loss are anticipated.

At BCU he is the founding director, together with Prof Becky Shaw, of the Lifeworlds Research Cluster in Art and Design - an initiative that brings together researchers working on environmental themes from across the faculty of Art, Design and Media. In his current role as Theoretical and Contextual studies co-ordinator he leads several modules that embed research-led teaching and provide new pathways for practice-based research that compliment traditional written assessment tasks for critical studies.

He has published writing in a variety of forms and formats, from academic books and articles to catalogue essays, exhibition reviews and short works of creative fiction. He is the editor, together with Jon K. Shaw, of Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017), and has published articles in journals such as Parallax, New Formations and Critical Inquiry. In 2018 he edited a special issue of the journal Third Text on the theme of ‘ethico-aesthetic repairs’ with Mark Rainey, and his first monograph on the Ethics of Contemporary Art was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury Academic Press.

As a speaker, he has made invited presentations and chaired discussions at institutions such as the Southbank Centre, MACBA, documenta Institut and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s Studium Generale. Projects currently in development include a second monograph entitled The Future in Four Acts: Art and Ecology in a Warming World, a long-term research inquiry into ‘The Political Ecology of Volume’ together with Lydia Cole, Matt Barlow and Yolanda Ariadne Collins, and an investigation into the visual culture of Early Warning Systems for climate change induced hazards including floods and forest fires.

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