Dr Kaja Marczewska
Lecturer in English and Visual Culture
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I joined the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at Westminster in summer 2015 as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow and was appointed Lecturer in English and Visual Culture in 2017. Before joining the Department, I taught at Durham University.
I hold a PhD in English from Durham and an MA in Comparative Literature from King's College London. In 2014, I was an Eccles Centre Fellow in American Studies at the British Library and a visiting researcher at Dartmouth College, USA in April 2015. I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
At Westminster, I teach on BA in English Literature, MA in Modern and Contemporary Fiction, MA Cultural and Critical Studies, and MA in Art and Visual Culture.
I work alongside Dr Sara Dominici, overseeing day-to-day running of MA in Art and Visual Culture. I am a Module Leader for the core module Visual Culture: Production, Display and Discourse and the Art, Visual Culture Dissertation, and a new Digital Cultures module, launching in 2017/18.
I supervise undergraduate dissertations and MA dissertations in Art and Visual Culture and Cultural and Critical Studies, as well as major research projects on MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture.
I also have a long-standing commitment to Access to Higher Education teaching and I have designed and delivered a number of outreach courses and summer schools.
In 2017/18, I teach:
Keywords (1st year)
English Literature Tutorial (1st year)
Issues in Culture (3rd year)
Art and Society (Study Abroad)
Visual Culture: Production, Display, and Discourse
Materialities, Institutions and Contexts
My research interests span avant-garde and experimental art and writing, experimental and underground publishing, artists books and artists writing, visual cultures, digital culture, as well as intersections of humanities, technology and law. The unifying strand of my research is an interest in diverse form of appropriation in art and writing.
I have recently completed my fist book - The is not a copy: writing at the Iterative Turn (forthcoming 2018) - which investigates the implications of the prominent propensity to copy as a creative practice in contemporary culture. In this project, I explore contemporary approaches to cultural production as a manifestation of what I call the Iterative Turn in order to re-think copying in art and writing as a critical praxis.
My other publications focus on ideas of formal experimentation, conceptual writing, originality, curatorial practices in contemporary writing, digital culture, as well as contemporary surveillance practices online and explore works of writers and artists such as Robert Fitterman, Mimi Cabell, Jason Huff, Bob Brown, Helene Hegemamnn, Michel Houellebecq, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Shia LaBeouf, among others.
My current research builds on ideas explored in my monograph and interrogates diverse developments triggered by or related to The Iterative Turn, including the emergence of curatorial culture as a dominant contemporary model of cultural production, practices of re-performance and re-staging exhibitions and contemporary uses of appropriation in digital media, film, and photography. These interests are related to my ongoing project - Appropriation Now - exploring the history of appropriation art from 1970s to the present, but focusing in particular on appropriation as an artistic strategy in the work of The Pictures Generation artists and their impact on contemporary artistic practices.
My second monograph, in progress, focuses on self-publishing as an artistic strategy from 1960s - present. The project explores transformations of reproduction technologies as they impact on distribution models of art and writing in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The project explores diverse forms of self-publishing - from artists books, through ephemera, zines and photo-books, to contemporary forms of post-digital print - to ask questions about the relationship between experimentation in art and writing and non-traditional forms of circulation and distribution of art as they emerge in the context of artistic self-organisation.
In 2015/16, I curated a series of events at Carroll/Fletcher gallery in London showcasing contemporary experimental writing practices and interrogating ideas of experimentation in the arts today. I was also the organiser of the UK premiere of Mark Amerika's Immobilité an experimental mobile phone film, which was shown in May 2016 at the Regent Street cinema in London.
Related to my interest in hybrid creative-critical forms I am currently working on a new publication based on Forms of Criticism symposium. The event, which took place at Parasol Unit in June 2016, brought together artists, curators, critics, writers and academics engaging in hybrid creative-critical practices (more information available via www.formsofcriticism.net)
I am also a Principal Investigator on a BA/Leverhulme Trust funded project on Critical Digital Humanities (co-run with Dr Aden Evens at Dartmouth College, USA), which included a series of workshops and a a public lecture by Alexander Galloway. A publication based on the project's proceedings is currently in progress.