Dr Kamini Vellodi

Fine Art Programme; Lecturer, MRes: Art Theory and Philosophy

Research Interests

Deleuze/Guattari; critical intersection between philosophy, visual arts and art history; problems of art historical methodology; the temporality of art history; 16th century Italian painting.



I am an artist, writer and researcher in modern European philosophy, with a specific interest in the philosophy of Giles Deleuze. My current research explores the potentials of this philosophy for a critical reappraisal of key methodological problems in the history of art.

This subject formed the basis of my PhD – “Tintoretto’s Difference. Deleuze, Diagrammatics and the Problem of Art History” - which I completed at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Middlesex University in 2012.  

Prior to my PhD, I studied at Central Saint Martins (BTEC Foundation), Chelsea College of Art (BA Painting) and the Royal College of Art (MA Painting), and have exhibited my work in London, Europe and India. My work is held in Asia House, London and the Sammlung Essl Collection, Vienna.  I have extensive experience as a freelance writer, editor and reviewer for several leading art journals, and publications.

For several years I have taught across departments of Fine Art, Art History and Philosophy, in studios and as a lecturer, at both graduate and postgraduate level. In the past year I have been a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths University and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway.   I am currently a lecturer in Art and Design History at Kingston University.

My book 'Tintoretto's Difference', is under contract with Bloomsbury Academic.


  • 'Diagrammatic Thought: Two Forms of Constructivism in C.S. Peirce and Gilles Deleuze' in Parrhesia, Spring 2014
  • 'Tintoretto’s Time' in Art History (Volume 38, issue 3), June 2015
  • 'On Two Regimes of Fact' in Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, Special Issue on 'Matters of Fact', forthcoming, 2015

Book Chapters

  • “Speculation, Construction, Critique: Notions for Art History.” In Speculative Art Histories. Milan: Mimesis International (In Press)
  • “Tintoretto’s Michelangelo. A Artistic Diagram as the a priori of Art History”. In Art History After Deleuze and Guattari, ed. Sjoerd Van Tuinen. Leuven University Press (Forthcoming 2017 )
  • Entry on “Heinrich Von Kleist.” Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage Vol II. Ed. Jonathan Roffe. Edinburgh University Press. (In Press)
  • “Haptic Experience: Deleuze, Tintoretto and the overpowering of the visual” in The Multi-Sensory Image. Ed. Erica O’Brien. Routledge (Forthcoming 2017).

Book reviews

  • ‘Working it Out’ Review of Andrew Benjamin’s Art’s Philosophical Work’ in Art History, Vol: 39, Page(s): 619-622, June 2016


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