Dr Dean Kenning


I explore political and philosophical material through kinetic sculptures, videos and diagrams, often employing DIY, allegorical and auto-didactic methods and modes of representation to engender visceral, uncanny and humorous encounters.

Solo exhibitions include Matt's Gallery (2019), Beaconsfield (2019) and Piper Keys (2018). Group exhibitions include Greene Naftali (2017), ICA (2016) and BAK (2013).

I have published articles on the politics of art and art education in the Journal of Visual Art Practice, Third Text, Mute, Art Monthly and elsewhere.

I studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and completed a PhD on 'The Political Nature of Art Today' at the London Consortium.

I am a member of the Social Morphologies Research Unit and the Capital Drawing Group

I am currently first supervisor for several practice-based PhD students at the Contemporary Art Research Centre.

Academic responsibilities

Research Fellow


  • PhD: 'The Political Nature of Art Today', London Consortium/Birkbeck College, 2008


I am interested in pursuing the possibilities for an art of social expression, cognitive exploration and enjoyment. Sometimes in my work, e.g. kinetic sculptures and certain videos, this is manifested through a compulsive, 'idiotically' repetitive, horror aesthetic. At other times, as with certain diagrams, live drawings and digital collages, the work operates with respect to specific issues, texts or problems (economic, political, philosophical, etc.). Influenced both by semiotic and allegorical methods of symbolic production, I am interested in creating affective forms of representation. These processes have extended into methods of teaching, as with my development of Social Body Mind Mapping and other forms of 'thinking through drawing'. Recently, I have written about fine art education, seeking to defend the principles of social inclusion, critical thinking and experimentation whilst drawing attention to the ways 'professional practice' may extend or challenge dominant ideological patterns of art world success and failure.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 41.


Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Renaissance Man. (kinetic sculpture).

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2012) Untitled. (Kinetic sound sculpture installation).


Kenning, Dean (2021) Exploratory diagramming and diagram theory : Greimas, Peirce and Châtelet. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 20(3), pp. 177-195. ISSN (print) 1470-2029

Kenning, Dean (2019) What we do and what is done to us : teaching art as culture. Arts, 8(1), p. 31. ISSN (online) 2076-0752

Kenning, Dean (2019) Art world strategies : neoliberalism and the politics of professional practice in fine art education. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 18(2), pp. 115-131. ISSN (print) 1470-2029

Kenning, Dean (2018) Book Review of 'Who runs the artworld : money power and ethics' by Brad Buckley and John Conomos (eds). International Journal of Education Through Art, 14(3), pp. 397-399. ISSN (print) 1743-5234

Kenning, Dean and Kern, Margareta (2013) Art & Politics: which side is art on. Art Monthly, 369, pp. 1-4. ISSN (print) 0142-6702

Kenning, Dean (2013) What schools can offer art: towards an avant-gardist conception of gallery education. Visual Culture in Britain, 14(3), pp. 319-341. ISSN (print) 1471-4787

Kenning, Dean (2012) Refusing conformity and exclusion in art education. Mute, ISSN (online) 1356-7748


Drew, Benedict, Hart, Emma, Jenkins, Dal, Kenning, Dean and Till, Corinna (2013) Reclaim the mural. London, U.K. : Whitechapel Gallery. 32p. ISBN 9780854882090

Book Section

Kenning, Dean [Author-contributor] (2020) Foreword. In: Sharp, Andy, (ed.) The English Heretic Collection : ritual histories, magickal geography. Repeater. pp. 9-15. ISBN 9781913462093

Kenning, Dean (2018) The Zone. In: Duman, Alberto , Hancox, Dan , James, Malcolm and Minton, Anna, (eds.) Regeneration songs : sounds of investment and loss from East London. London, U.K. : Repeater Books. pp. 413-420. ISBN 9781912248230

Kenning, Dean [Interviewee] (2016) Dr Dean Kenning is a Research Fellow in The School of Fine Art at Kingston University. He is also a writer and an artist, most recently writing about art education. We interviewed him at the Royal Festival Hall, London. In: Allen, Jo and Rowles, Sarah, (eds.) Professional practice : 20 questions : Interviews with UK undergraduate Fine Art staff exploring how students are prepared for life after art school. London, U.K. : Q-Arts. pp. 221-232. ISBN 9780956435583

Addison, Nicholas, Burgess, Lesley, Kinsella, Victoria and Kenning, Dean (2015) Learning in art and design education. In: Addison, Nicholas and Burgess, Lesley, (eds.) Learning to teach art and design in the secondary school: a companion to school experience. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 21-70. ISBN 9780415842891

Kenning, Dean (2015) Thinking through art: the social body mind map. In: Addison, Nicholas and Burgess, Lesley, (eds.) Learning to teach art and design in the secondary school: a companion to school experience. 3rd ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9780415842884

Kenning, Dean (2010) Circling the borders. In: Sassi, Andrea, (ed.) Across the boarders. Reggio Emilia, Italy : Dispari & Dispari. pp. 28-40. ISBN 9788895600024

Conference or Workshop Item

Kenning, Dean (2018) Metallurgy of the subject. In: ASA18 : Sociality, matter, and the imagination : re-creating Anthropology; 18 - 21 Sep 2018, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2018) Exploratory Diagrams. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018; 28 - 31 Aug 2018, Cardiff, Wales. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean [Interviewee] and Power, Nina [Interviewer] (2018) Nina Power and Dean Kenning in discussion. In: Where it was; 31 Mar 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2017) Art world strategies : neoliberalism and the rise of professional practice in fine art education. In: For, about, nearby : the value of diversity and difference in fine art practice, research and education; 14 - 15 Sep 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2017) Neoliberalism and the politics of professional practice in fine art education. In: We Need to Talk About This : illusion of separation between us; 06 May 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Cornford, Matthew, Rodriguez, Soraya and Kenning, Dean (2016) Panel 4. In: Transitions Out of Fine Art Education; 25 Jun 2016, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2016) Freedom and control within the art school. In: Reflections on the Work of Albert Hunt / Within the Art School and Without; 17 Mar 2016, Bradford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2016) The social body mind map. In: Words of Art; 29 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2015) Exploratory diagrams. In: Plague of Diagrams : Symposium; 22 Aug 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2015) Social body mind mapping. In: Play Sense : Talking; 23 May 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kenning, Dean (2012) What schools can offer art : towards an avant-gardist conception of gallery education. In: Towards an avant-gardist conception of gallery education; 08 Dec 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2019) Psychobotanical. .

Kenning, Dean [Curator], Scully, Liam [Curator] and Scully, Vanessa [Curator] (2018) Sick Monday. Sick Monday. .

Kenning, Dean, Hulson, Marc, Craddock, Lisa and Sharp, Andy (2015) Luxury Complex: Remembering Satan. Luxury Complex: Remembering Satan. .

Kenning, Dean and Burrows, David (2015) Plague of Diagrams. Plague of Diagrams. .

Berriman, Sovay [Artist], Plastique Fantastique [Artist], Harris, Rowena [Artist], Kenning, Dean [Artist], Rebelo, Ines [Artist] and Sames, Lucy A. [Curator] (2013) The Starseed transmission: a diagrammatic message from outer space. The Starseed Transmission. .

Still/Graphic Work

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2018) Risograph prints. (risographs).

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Diagram of Walter Benjamin. (Diagram). London, U.K. : MA Biblioteque. ISBN 9781910055366

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Jackson 5 Flowchart. (Drawing). A4. Marker pen on paper.

Kenning, Dean [Illustrator] (2014) Cover illustration for 'Malign velocities'. (Book illustration).

Moving Image/Broadcast

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2020) Attention, Entropy and the Arrow of Time. (video recording with moving graphics online and Kenning's own diagrams).

Performance/Live Event

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Stuck Machine. Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine! Marathon.

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Dialogue of the Dead. Janusware 2nd Cycle.

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2017) Diagramming Politics. Please Specify! International Conference on Artistic Research.

Kenning, Dean [Artist] (2015) Building the Fetish.

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