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Dr Bill Balaskas

Director of Research, Business & Innovation, School of Art & Architecture

About

I am an artist, theorist and educator, working across different media and dissemination platforms. I joined Kingston University in May 2019 as Associate Professor and Director of Research, Business and Innovation at the School of Art and Architecture.

My works have been widely exhibited internationally, in more than 130 museums, galleries, festivals and public spaces. I have received awards from the European Investment Bank Institute; Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art; European Cultural Foundation; Open Society Institute; and the Association for Art History, amongst others.

In parallel with my artistic practice, I am an editor for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (The MIT Press), while my writings have also appeared in edited books and in publications such as the Journal of Visual Culture, Third Text and Revista Arta.

Furthermore, I am an advisor to Arts Council England in the field of collaborative research between Higher Education and the cultural sector (MHECF).

Areas of specialism

  • Net art and Web-based cultural practices
  • Data Capitalism
  • Artists' film and video
  • Spectacle and contemporary culture
  • Politically engaged art practices and activist art
  • Marxist and post-Marxist theory
  • Contemporary art and economics
  • Art market agents and networks
  • Cultural impact of the global financial crisis of 2008
  • Post-truth culture

Qualifications

  • PhD Critical Writing in Art & Design, Royal College of Art
  • MA Communication Art & Design, Royal College of Art
  • BA Video Arts Production, University for the Creative Arts
  • BSc Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Professional membership

  • Association for Art History
  • American Educational Research Association
  • European Architectural History Network
  • Creative Industries Federation

Research

My research brings together a wide range of art practices and strands of theory in order to investigate the ideological function of contemporary culture.

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