Dr Andrew Chesher

Lecturer in Art Theory

Chelsea College of Arts


Dr Andrew Chesher lectures in Art Theory at Chelsea College or Art. He is currently co-ordinator of stage one theory on the Undergraduate Fine Art course. In 2010-11 he ran seminar courses in philosophies of meaning and the phenomenology of perception. The subjects he lectures on range from photography and film theory to philosophy and social theory.

As a filmmaker Andrew has concentrated on documentary projects since 2004. His last two completed films were documentaries about music. Changing the System (2007) is an hour-long observational documentary exploring the score and rehearsal of an indeterminate composition by Christian Wolff. Knots and Fields (75 mins, 2010) looks at the history and on-going relevance of the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, which brought together Boulez, Stockhausen, Nono and Cage, among others, in 1950s. This documentary was produced in collaboration with David Ryan, includes interviews with Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann and Brian Ferneyhough.

Andrew's PhD on documentary and dialogue, which he completed in 2007, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College of Art, London, and an MA in the Theory and History of Modern Art from Chelsea, UAL.

Research interests

Film and video practices, documentary practices, film theory, phenomenology and post-structuralism, Wittgenstein and social theory.


Michael Ricketts, (Post-)Conceptualism / Urbanism.

Michael Robinson, Artistic and Discursive Practice in a Post-objective World.

Selected research outputs