I am Research Associate at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University. I am a member of the Postoffice research group and of the Network for Institutional Analysis (UK).
My research looks at the organization of cultural practices that foster the refusal of work and the possibility of political pleasure. My approach is informed by autonomist Marxism, institutional analysis, materialist transfeminism, and critical organization theory.
I hold an MA in Visual Cultures (Goldsmiths) supported by an AHRC studentship and a PhD in Critical Organisation and Performance Studies (Queen Mary University), supported by a Creative Industries bursary. I have been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Art and Design Research Institute, Middlesex University and a Visiting Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana University and the John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University.
Teaching is an important part of my practice and recently I have been contributing as a visiting lecturer to the MA in Gender Studies and Politics, University of Roma Tre (2018); École De Recherche Graphique, Brussels (2018) MA Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, Aalto University (2013 and 2016); and HEAD Geneva (2016).
As a practitioner, I was invited to develop projects for the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum; Kampnagel; Impulse Theatre Festival; Wyspa Institute; Intermediae; In-Presentable; Steirischer Herbst, Manifesta 7 and Vanabbemuseum, among others. I have given talks across a number of cultural organisations, including Institute for Network Cultures, Moderna Museet, and documenta 14; and I carried out commissioned research for Arts Collaborative Network, Serpentine Gallery and Bristol Visual Arts Consortium.
Currently, I am the convenor of the international project Pirate Care, fostering a transnational network of activists, researchers and practitioners against the criminalization of solidarity and for a common care infrastructure. The first conference was hosted by the CPC at Coventry University on 19th and 20th June 2019 (http://www.piratecare.net ) and I’m now working, together with Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak, on the second iteration of the project in Rijeka, Croazia, commissioned for Drugo More’s programme Dopolavoro (http://drugo-more.hr/en/dopolavoro-2/) for Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020.
From 2018 to 2019 I have been working with WeMake (Milan) on a research investigating the relationship between open technologies and healthcare, supported by the EU Horizon 2020 scheme ‘DSI4EU – Supporting the Scale and Growth of Digital Social Innovation in Europe.’
Together with Dr Kim Trogal (UCA), from 2017 to the present I have been working on the trope of ‘repair and maintenance‘ across different collective practices, inspired by feminist and degrowth pedagogies. ‘The Politics of Collective Repair. Examining object-relations in a Postwork Society,’ appeared in Cultural Studies in March 2017. In 2018-2019, we worked on ‘Repair Shop: emerging sites for postcapitalist practices’ – A UCA-funded comparative research project to map the intersectional practices and political impacts of newly emerging “repair shops” across Europe.  We also co-edited Repair Matters, special issue of ephemera – theory & politics in organization (May 2019).
From 2016 to 2018 I initiated Public Programming, a research collaboration with Dr Janna Graham and Dr Susan Kelly (Goldsmiths), supported by Nottingham Contemporary, Goldsmiths and Middlesex University. Our research looked at on the emergent phenomenon of public lectures and other pedagogical or academic-like events within the expanded sphere of museums, biennales and festivals. Three study days have taken place as part of this project: Public Programming? Pedagogies in a Missing Europe, Middlesex University, 30 June 2016. Public Programming, Social Movements and Solidarity, Nottingham Contemporary, 21 July 2017; From Critical Studies to Public Programming: Public Knowledge at the Post-Democratic Impasse Goldsmiths, 18th May 2018. Some of my thoughts on the subject will appear in a chapter of Organising Counter-Publics. Critical Management in Curating, eds. Matthias Beitl, Beatrice Jaschke and Nora Sternfeld (forthcoming November 2019). A further publication with Janna Graham and Susan Kelly is in the preparation.

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