Lauren Warner-Treloar

Research project: 'Sound Art and Visual Culture: The Anti-Book Experiment in the Romanov Empire and the USSR, 1881-1932'


I am engaged in research on the futurist books produced by artists and writers in Moscow, St Petersburg, and Tbilisi, with a particular focus on the collection held by the British Library. This project examines the innovative multi-sensory books, or ‘anti-books', produced through the experimental collaborations of the early twentieth-century artists and writers known as the futurists. Artists of all descriptions throughout the twentieth century engaged in the book experiment, consisting of the interplay of sound, text, image, materials, and performativity, resulting in an important, yet under-explored, artistic platform: the artist's book. For the first time, the anti-books' performativity is addressed, and they are examined within the wider context of the turbulent political, cultural, and artistic developments of the period. Using case studies focusing on the collaborations of the poets Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922) and Aleksei Kruchenykh (1886-1969), and the painter Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964), along with a few notable secondary collaborators, the project explores their engagement in the book experiment and how their results aligned with or departed from those of their European counterparts.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: 'Sound Art and Visual Culture: The Anti-Book Experiment in the Romanov Empire and the USSR, 1881-1932'
  • Research supervisor: Professor Fran Lloyd


Lauren Warner-Treloar is a doctoral researcher at Kingston University and her PhD project is fully funded by a Techne AHRC DTP studentship. She has an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in Russian from Bryn Mawr College. After graduating from the Courtauld, she worked as a cataloguer in the Russian department at Sotheby's and served as the manager of The Malevich Society for more than five years. She has written articles and reviews for various platforms and publications including Russian Art + Culture and The Burlington Magazine. She was a contributor to the catalogue for the Royal Academy's exhibition ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932' (11 February – 17 April 2017) and part of the production team for Margy Kinmonth's film 'Revolution – New Art for a New World' (2016).

Areas of research interest

  • Artists' books
  • Interrelationship of sound, text, image, and materials
  • Printmaking
  • Futurism
  • Typography
  • History of the book
  • Cultural identity
  • Performance
  • Dadaism


  • MA in Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • MA in Russian, Bryn Mawr College (USA)
  • BA in Russian, German, and History, Oakland University (USA)

Funding or awards received

  • Techne AHRC DTP Studentship
  • Kingston University Research Studentship
  • Turing Grant
  • Kingston School of Art Conference and Event Fund
  • Kingston Graduate Research School Research Activity Support Fund
  • Bryn Mawr College Fellowship
  • US Department of State Title VIII Grant


  • From the Book ‘Wooden Idols': An Anti-Book. The British Library, European studies blog (19 July 2023)
  • ‘Biographies of Artists', in the Royal Academy's Revolution. Russian Art 1917-1932 (11 February – 17 April 2017) exhibition catalogue, pp. 321-326
  • Royal Academy Curators: Interview with Natalia Murray, Ann Dumas, and John Milner, the three curators of the Royal Academy's Revolution. Russian Art 1917-1932 (11 February – 17 April 2017) exhibition, in Russian Art Week Guide, 25 November – 2 December 2016
  • Review of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, 2nd ed, by Nicholas Rzhevsky, in Slavic and East European Information Resources (June 2015)
  • Review of Künstlermuseen. Die russische Avantgarde und ihre Museen für Moderne Kunst by Christiane Post, in The Burlington Magazine (January 2014)
  • Various exhibition, book, and lecture reviews in Russian Art + Culture ( (2013 - 2016)

Conference papers

  • 'Intermedial Innovations: The Panfuturists' Book Experiment'. BASEES Annual Conference, 31 March - 2 April 2 2023.
  • 'Intangibility and Materiality: Digital Collections of Futurist Anti-Books', DRHA 2022: 'Digital Sustainability: From Resilience to Transformation', hosted by Kingston School of Art, 4-7 September 2022. 
  • '"Russian" Futurism in the 1910s: Decolonisation of Russian Imperialism in Art History', Kingston School of Art PGR Colloquium, 27 June 2022.
  • 'Wood and Paper Treasures in the Russian Collection', Dorich House: Russian Winter Weekend, 2 December 2021 (postponed to 4 February 2022).
  • 'From "Wooden Idols' Book": A Collaboration Between Russian Creators of Sound Art and Visual Culture'. ASEEES Virtual Convention, 2-3 December 2021.
  • 'A Little Duck's Nest…of Bad Words': The Sound Art and Visual Cultures of Russian Futurist Books, 1905-1934'. Kingston School of Art, CSCI Research Seminar Series, 7 July 2021.