David Morris

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Editor/Researcher, Afterall Associate Lecturer, Fine Art: Exhibition Studies MRes

Central Saint Martins


David Morris is a writer, researcher and educator. He is an editor at Afterall (Central Saint Martins, London). He is also co-editor, with Sylvère Lotringer, of Schizo-Culture: The Event, The Book (2014, Semiotext(e)/MIT Press) and co-curator of the exhibition project ‘Cracks in the Street’ (SPACE, London, 2014). He has been working with the Semiotext(e) archive since 2011, with a focus on the 1975 ‘Schizo-Culture’ conference.

His writing has been published in publications including Art & the Public SphereCabinetArt MonthlyfriezeA Circular and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as various exhibition texts and catalogue essays. He is an editor of Afterall journal and managing editor of Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series, and teaches at University of the Arts, London. Other recent projects include Wendelien Van Oldenborgh: Amateur (with Emily Pethick and Wendelien Van Oldenborgh, Sternberg Press/The Showroom/If I Can't Dance, 2016). 

With Pedro Cid Proença he is working on Neither & Both or Something Third, an introduction to the work of Stefan Themerson through his short-form writing, in collaboration with the Themerson Archive. To date this work has been disseminated through performances, texts and archival displays at tenletters, Glasgow and ‘Accompaniment’ (EFA Project Space, New York, 2015) and Afterall issue 41 (Spring/Summer 2016). 

Research statement

As editor of Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series and Afterall journal, and an associate lecturer on the Fine Art: Exhibition Studies MRes pathway, I am interested in exploring different methods in art research, education and writing.

Afterall is a publishing and research organisation based in Central Saint Martins, and my role includes research, writing, teaching, editorial work and public programming.  

My current research in the Exhibition Histories series is focused on APT ART – a series of artist-run self-organised exhibitions that took place in private apartments in 1980s Moscow. Other recent projects have focused on Richard Hamilton, Victor Pasmore and Lawrence Alloway’s ‘an Exhibit’ (1957), the 24th Bienal de São Paulo (1998) and Oswald de Andrade’s concept of antropofagia, and ‘Culture in Action’ (1993) and the exhibition as a form of social intervention.

Selected research outputs