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Mr Ajay Hothi

Lecturer

About

I am a writer and filmmaker. My writing appears in publications including Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, and Art Monthly, among others. I have made documentaries for broadcasters including BBC Radio 2 and 4, and for exhibition at venues including Serpentine Gallery and Design Miami. I am the editor of A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE (Art Editions North, 2015), on performance and exhibition.

Formerly, I worked for institutions including the (now-defunct) BFI Gallery at the British Film Institute; as Director of tank.tv, where I opened London's only gallery dedicated to artists' moving image. Here, I curated seventeen exhibitions with a range of international artists, each with a focus on merging artists' film and video with new media technologies; and programmed two online residencies, commissioning new work from over fifty artists. Presently, I work as Online Editor for Ibraaz, the leading forum for visual culture from the MENA region.

Areas of specialism

  • Art Writing
  • Artists' film and video
  • Artists' moving image
  • Digital technologies within contemporary art
  • Sport and design

Qualifications

  • 2015 'THIS IS ART WRITING', MPhil., Dept. of Critical Writing in Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2004 Filmmaking + History of Art, Dept. of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research

My MPhil thesis, THIS IS ART WRITING, examined writing as a methodology of art-making, taking in specific examples of artists' writing, from experimental publications that included Semina, Aspen, and Interfunktionen; to contemporary publications, such as The Happy Hypocrite, Dot Dot Dot, and F.R. David.

Alongside this, I undertook a series of writing residencies, at venues including with e-flux at Art Basel, at the Royal College of Art, and at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. At the RCA, I co-organised the exhibition Collaborating with an Event, with participants including Bruce McLean and Brian Dillon. At DJCAD, the work was commissioned into my edited volume A CUT SCRATCH A SCORE.

My PhD research within The Design School at Kingston School of Art examines aspects of identity, branding, and globalisation within association football, and is based upon Adler im Herzen (www.adlerimherzen.com), my ongoing blog on the Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

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