Christopher Kul-Want

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Fine Art Programme Course Leader for MRes: Art Pathway Leader for Theory & Philosophy

Central Saint Martins


Educated in art history and theory at Manchester University, Kul-Want pursued postgraduate research in French Romanticism and, subsequently, Continental philosophy (University of Greenwich, dissertation: ‘Nietzsche’s The Will to Power as Art’). As a lecturer he has taught at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London (Department of Visual Arts) and Byam Shaw School of Art, where he established the Masters course in Fine Art in 2000.

Kul-Want is Course Leader of MRes Art, and Leader of the Art Theory and Philosophy pathway at Central Saint Martins. Focusing upon the relationship of philosophy, politics and the arts, the pathway is designed to support the interests of both writers and artists.

Research interests

Post-Kantian Continental philosophy and philosophy of art (aesthetics), especially Nietzsche and French Nietzscheanism; phenomenology and post-phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Nancy); philosophies of identity, ‘the self’, and time (Bergson); the Marxist intellectual tradition (especially Benjamin); psychoanalytic theories (Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Žižek) and contemporary pathologies and forms of addiction; Post-Structuralism; Continental philosophy of cinema; Philosophy, Politics and ‘contemporary’ art.

Research statement

As a writer, my work embraces wide-ranging aspects of critical theory and continental philosophy, especially with regard to art, visual culture and cinema. I also utilise psychoanalytic theory to focus on the relationship between contemporary art and drawing practices and the emergence of new addictive disorders in society today.

My book Philosophers on Cinema, From Bergson to Badiou: A Critical Reader (Columbia University Press) - a sequel to Philosophers on Art, From Kant to the Postmodernists: A Critical Reader (Columbia University Press, 2010) - is forthcoming. 


Current students & thesis titles

Aaron John Matthews, Derrida, and Writing the Events of 1968.

Sophie Carapetian, The Work of Art in the Age of Crisis: Interrogating the ‘Labour Turn’ in the Culture Industries.

Completed students & thesis titles

Robert Luzar, Drawing Upon Multiplicity: Mark, Body And A Trace Of Thought.

Projects, awards and grants

2017 Seed funding from St Andrews University and Central Saint Martins establishing a Research Centre: Global Affairs in Philosophy, Politics and Art (GAPPA), a collaboration between Central Saint Martins and the Department of International Relations, St Andrews University.

Selected research outputs