Dr Christopher Horrocks


I am a writer and lecturer, and I teach Critical and Historical Studies across BA studio courses and MAs in the School. I also supervise students researching at PhD level via dissertation, practice, and publication.

I practised Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art and gained an MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art. I've written widely on cultural theory, art and technology, and am known for my research on Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault and Marshall McLuhan. I have also written on the art of Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp and lectured internationally on aspects of Japanese and Chinese contemporary art and technology. I have been involved with hijack production company in arts documentary production, museum multi-media displays and app design (the James Watt workshop at Science Museum, London, and a NESTA-funded project on Eduardo Paolozzi's preserved studio).

My recent publications include Cultures of Colour, 2012; Genteel Perversion: The Films of Gilbert & George (2014); The Joy of Sets: A Short History of the Television (2018) and a chapter 'Marshall McLuhan and New Media Art ' in The Encyclopedia of New Media Art Volume 1: History & Theory (ed. Charlie Gere, forthcoming 2024). I am currently researching a book on technology and science-fiction.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor and Reader


  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting
  • MA (RCA) Cultural History
  • PhD

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My research is in cultural theory and visual culture. I am interested in providing new ways of conveying theoretical content to new audiences, using emergent technology and print-based media.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 20.


Horrocks, Chris (2020) Notes on Jean Baudrillard and critical theory. Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, 4(1), pp. 157-179. ISSN (print) 2567-4048

Horrocks, Christopher (2013) Disinterring the present : science fiction, media technology and the ends of the archive. Journal of Visual Culture, 12(3), pp. 414-430. ISSN (print) 1470-4129

Horrocks, Christopher (2010) Press "Escape": the sad case of the death and virtual life of the Korean IT worker. Kiosk(4), pp. 58-63. ISSN (print) 1755-9626

Horrocks, Chris (2009) Was is das? Das ist der kultur-kompressor! KIOSK(3), pp. 20-26. ISSN (print) 1755-9626


Horrocks, Christopher (2018) The joy of sets : a short history of the television. Reaktion Books. 224p. ISBN 9781780237589

Horrocks, Chris (2014) Genteel perversion : the films of Gilbert and George. Chicago, U.S. : Solar Books. 104p. ISBN 9780983248071

Horrocks, Christopher [Editor] (2012) Cultures of Colour: visual, material, textual. Berghahn Books. 188p. ISBN 9780857454645

Horrocks, Chris and Jevtic, Zoran (2009) Introducing Foucault: a graphic guide. London : Icon Books. 177p. ISBN 9781848310605

Horrocks, Christopher (2000) Marshall McLuhan and virtuality. Cambridge, UK. : Icon Books. 80p. (Postmodern encounters) ISBN 1840461845

Book Section

Horrocks, Chris (2004) Andy Warhol and the strategic exile of the self. In: Everett, Wendy and Wagstaff, Peter, (eds.) Cultures of exile: images of displacement. New York : Berghahn Books. pp. 137-152. (Polygons: cultural diversities and intersections, (7)) ISBN 1571815910

Horrocks, Christopher (2003) Marshall McLuhan and virtuality. In: Appignanesi, Richard, (ed.) The end of everything: postmodernism and the vanishing of the human. Cambridge, UK : Icon Books. pp. 189-237. ISBN 1840464216

Horrocks, Chris (2002) 'Real Japanese men play crazy rock 'n roll': the gorgerous phenomenon. In: Horrocks, Chris, (ed.) Tokyoglamrock: the work of Matsukage and Ujino. London : iMMprint. pp. 52-99. ISBN 190378106X

Horrocks, Chris (2000) You want to see? Well, take a look at this! Ethical vision, disembodiment and light in Marcel Duchamp's Etant Donnés. In: Lloyd, Fran and O'Brien, Catherine, (eds.) Secret spaces, forbidden places: rethinking culture. Oxford, U.K. : Berghahn Books. pp. 201-215. (Polygons: cultural diversities and intersections, 4) ISBN 1571817891

Horrocks, Christopher (1999) Playing the game when the rules have been changed: the paintings of Bruce Russell. In: Russell, Bruce, (ed.) Bruce Russell GMT: glyphs, morphs and tropes. London, U.K. : Art Books International. pp. 5-25. ISBN 1899999094

Horrocks, Chris (1999) The sacralisation of sight: Brian McCann's 'Dusting the giant'. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Dusting the Giant. London, U.K. : Pale Green Press. pp. 20-25. ISBN 0951431021

Conference or Workshop Item

Davis, Lennard J. [Speaker], Horrocks, Chris [Speaker] and Watson, Ben [Speaker] (2009) The future is tomorrow. In: The Future is Tomorrow; 21 Nov 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Barber, Stephen [Speaker], Davies, Rachel [Speaker], Horrocks, Chris [Speaker], Mancke, Carol [Speaker] and Maude-Roxby, Alice [Speaker] (2009) The art of intervention: Kingston University responses: Japanese mob. In: The art of intervention: critical perspectives on the intersections of private and public memory; 14 Feb 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Horrocks, Christopher [Curator] and Riding, Christine [Curator] (2008) The lure of the East: British Orientalist painting. The lure of the East: British Orientalist painting. , 4 Jun - 31 Aug 2008 , Tate Britain, London.

Moving Image/Broadcast

Horrocks, Christopher (2009) Dora Gordine: sculptor, designer, artist. (DVD).


Horrocks, C. W. (2011) Techno-theory : critiques of culture and technological being. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .

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