Mr Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau

Research project: Resentment, Contempt, Disgust: Status-Emotions in Performance and Video


My research in performance and video will interrogate and expand the thinking around status relationships and negative emotions. Through my research I will develop the idea of certain emotions as performative feelings that constitute, maintain or change hierarchical relationships between people.

In practice this will mean experimenting with producing different status relationships between artworks and spectators, constructed through voiceover, editing, sound, and imagery in video; and through scripting, characterisation, staging and participation in performance. I will also re-evaluate historic art practices in the light of current debates, charting the history of performance and video artists who have made work with and about status relationships and negative emotions since the 1960s

This research is conducted in a wider societal context in which negative emotions have become a powerful part of discourse in the public sphere. Resentment, contempt and disgust are all key emotions in contemporary political discourse.

  • Research degree: Practice-based PhD
  • Title of project: Resentment, Contempt, Disgust: Status-Emotions in Performance and Video
  • Research supervisor: Dr Dan Kidner
  • Other research supervisor: Mr Volker Eichelmann


Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses politics and power, ugliness and taste, negative emotions, and the ambiguities of language and objects.

An Associate of Open School East, 2013- 2014, he founded The Bad Vibes Club, which is a forum for research into negative states, runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London.

He has been commissioned by and exhibited with institutions across the UK and internationally including ICA, London, V&A, London, Modern Art Oxford, Artlink, Ireland, Display, Prague, CCA Derry-Londonderry.

Areas of research interest

  • Performance art
  • Video art
  • Emotions
  • Power relations
  • Status


  • BA Fine Art, Northumbria University

Funding or awards received

  • Studio residency at Kingsgate Workshop, London, 2020
  • Artist commission for Open School East, 2020
  • Residency at Artlink, Ireland, 2019
  • Residency at CGP, London, 2018
  • Arts Council England award for The Bad Vibes Club, 2017
  • Arts Council England award for ‘Interruptions', project by The Bad Vibes Club, 2016
  • Arts Council England award for new sculptural work, 2015