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I am an artist, curator and academic based in London and I teach into the BA, MA and PhD programmes in the School of Critical and Historical Studies at Kingston. My research, positioned at the intersection of visual cultures, ecology studies and spatial politics, explores the relationship between art, space and power. Recent and ongoing projects focus on London Heathrow, its neighbourhoods and airspace. In 2019 I was awarded an Arts Council Project Grant to curate the group exhibition and public programme, Air Matters. Learning from Heathrow, hosted at Watermans Arts, London, Oct. 2019 - Jan 2020. This research has opened onto wider study of the politics of air under neoliberal regimes, and the potential of art and design to contribute to and contest its aesthetic formations.
Applications for postgraduate study are welcome.
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art
My Doctoral thesis, Indifference. Art, Liberalism and the Politics of Place (2015), examines the legacy of classical liberal thought in contemporary art commissioning. Through a series of cross readings between philosophy, aesthetics and political geography, it traces a relationship between place making art practices and classical liberalism's conceptualisation of the way territory might function in a market society. In tandem with this enquiry, and by way of methodological tool for the interrogation of spatial politics, the thesis develops a philosophy of indifference. It contends that indifference, alongside disinterestedness and objectivity, should be understood as part of an historical attempt to develop a critical modern subject that might transcend the self and disrupt both public and private power. By extension, it asks whether he artist's indifference to place might contribute to an artistic strategy to negotiate and contest the cultural forces that market place for the consolidation of private advantage.
Ferguson, Nick and Hahn, Andreas (2021) Landscapes of Heathrow : the aircraft landing gear compartment and the politics of global transfer. Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman, ISSN (online) 2633-4321 (In Press)
Ferguson, Nick (2017) The monuments of Kings Cross : a visit to the new ruins of London. Journal of Cultural Geography, 34(1), pp. 93-114. ISSN (print) 0887-3631
Ferguson, Nick (2015) Country End/Town End. From Surbiton to Kings Cross. In: sensingsite 2015 : In this Neck of the Woods; 04 Jun 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Ferguson, Nicholas Patrick and Kim, Kyoung (2015) PuB-Topos. Art research, the public house and the dialectics of knowledge. In: Transvaluation: Making the World Matter; 21-22 May 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Unpublished)
Ferguson, Nicholas (2015) The Mobile Landscape. Performance at Stanley Picker Gallery. The Mobile Landscape Performance Lecture.