Monica Biagioli is a Senior Lecturer in the Design School and a Lead Tutor on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at London College of Communication. She is also Acting Course Leader for MA Service Experience Design and Innovation.
Monica has an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, studied Graphic Design and Printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art, and International Relations at Brown University.
Monica has interlinked practice and theory throughout her career with an emphasis on cultural heritage, developing projects on London 2012, and for Venice Biennale, Science Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, and Tate Modern. She project managed the Anti Design Festival for Neville Brody as part of the 2010 London Design Festival. For the past three years, she has coordinated the Thesis InForm exhibition for the Contextual and Theoretical Studies department. This exhibition brings together students from across different courses in the school featuring works that respond to themes examined in their final year theses.
Monica has exhibited internationally, including the 50th Venice Biennale, and her work has been reviewed in The Guardian and Art in America. She received the Gildea Award from Royal Geographical Society, was Guest Researcher at MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) and is on the editorial board of the Култура/Culture Journal.
Through a funnel of activities involving projects, exhibitions and writing, Monica explores the links between cultural artefacts and the value attached to them. Embedded in that is an understanding that context plays a fundamental role in assigning cultural value. The approach is guided by a belief that design and the arts matter beyond their economic worth to play a role that is critical for societal wellbeing.
Monica is currently working on research projects focusing on qualitative forms of research and analysis, working collaboratively with Professor Allan Owens and Dr. Anne Pässilä of the RECAP research centre.