Reader in Artists’ Moving Image
Chelsea College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts
Maria Walsh is a writer and art critic. She is Reader in Artists' Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts and co-convenes the Subjectivity and Feminisms research group there. Outtakes from her doctoral work on Tacita Dean, Chantal Akerman and phenomenological nomadic subjectivity have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Screen, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, and Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. Book chapters on artists’ film are included in Screen/Space: The Projected Image in Contemporary Art (2011) and Women Artists, Feminism and the Moving Image (forthcoming 2018). Her art criticism, including features, artists’ interviews and reviews, appears regularly in Art Monthly. Her book Art and Psychoanalysis was published by I.B Tauris in 2012 and she is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Performative Therapeutics in Contemporary Artists’ Moving Image which investigates the 'screen' as a critical site of therapeutic encounter in the context of neoliberal concepts of selfhood.
Walsh has also edited books and journals, co-editing with Dr Mo Throp the anthology Twenty Years of MAKE: Back to the Future of Women’s Art (2015). She is Reviews Editor of MIRAJ: Moving Image Review and Art Journal and guest edited the journal’s double issue special on ‘Feminisms’ in 2015.
Artists’ Moving Image practices, film philosophy and theory, subjectivity and the body especially in relation to post-Deleuzian feminist philosophy, and media ecologies.
My research explores spectatorship in relation to Artists’ Moving Image practices. I am interested in how new subjectivities might be generated in art/film works through techno-narratological reconfigurations of bodies and psyches. This research is interdisciplinary, incorporating theories of performativity and continental philosophy, especially feminist re-workings of phenomenology and Deleuzian materialism, affect theory, film theory and theories of political ecology.
My current monograph-in-progress ‘Performative Therapeutics in Contemporary Artists‘ Moving Image’ is inspired by contemporary French philosopher Bernard Stiegler’s notion that we need a psychoanalytic therapeutics of technology in the context of cognitive capitalism. I am currently testing this research by giving symposia papers and a preliminary version of one chapter was published in 2017 in the peer-reviewed online journal NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.
I have also collaborated with a colleague, Dr Mo Throp, to curate a series of exhibitions on female subjectivity in art practice. In 2015, we curated the exhibition ‘CAN DO: Photographs and other material from the Women’s Art Library Magazine Archive’ at CHELSEA Space, which was an extension of our edited anthology Twenty Years of MAKE: Back to the future of women’s art. Our pedagogic concerns in this project were summarised by curator George Vasey in his review of our anthology:
"Bringing together interviews, profiles and essays from the archive, the authors have done a fine job in stitching together the polyvocal concerns of the era [...] history is only valuable if it is useful to the current generation and this book offers a good place for them to start" (George Vasey, Art Monthly, no. 395, April 2016, p.34).
We also co-curate the ongoing project, ‘The Subjectivity & Feminisms Performance Dinners’, a series of dinner events that involve staff, students, and invited artists in collective feminist research exploring the mutual embeddedness of theory and practice via performative responses to key feminist texts.
Stephanie Spindler, A Phenomenological Identity: the State of Being a Woman.
Denise Ackerl, Strategies of resistance in female performance practice and activism in the context of cognitive capitalism and new social media.
Catherine Maffioletti, Can the object ever truly reflect the body without merely being a representation, or producing a lack of body/self? Does the object only exist in the absence of the body/self? Or, can it speak the body/self via a different mirror?
Imogen Reid, Cinematic Writing: Thinking Between the Viewer and the Screen.
Kristiina Koskentola, Interconnected In-Between: On the Dynamics of Abjections, Animism, Temporality and Location in Art Practice.
Deniz Akcha, Mapping Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue: Uncovering the traces of female ethnicity in Turkish film, architecture and sound through fine art practice.
Walsh, Maria (2015) From Critique to Resistance to Autonomy: Alex Bag Meets Ann Hirsch. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 4 (1&2). pp. 13-41. ISSN 2045-6298
Walsh, Maria and Throp, Mo (2015) Stories That Matter: Feminist methodologies in the archive. In: Stories That Matter: Feminist methodologies in the archive, 22 November 2015, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH.
Throp, Mo and Walsh, Maria (2015) CAN DO: Photographs and other material from the Women's Art Library Magazine Archive. [Show/Exhibition]
Walsh, Maria (2014) Dissonant Continuity in Omer Fast’s '5000 feet is the best'. In: Film-Philosophy International Conference: Thinking Reality and Time Through Film, 6-10 May 2014, Lisbon University.
Walsh, Maria and Throp, Mo (2014) The MAKE Archive: Re-contextualising Recurring Themes. In: Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, 2014, Royal College of Art.
Walsh, Maria (2013) I Object. Art Monthly (371). pp. 9-12. ISSN 0142-6702
Walsh, Maria (2013) Image narration in a digital era: between the cut-up and the sequence. In: Misdirect Movies. Cornerhouse, Manchester, pp. 12-15. ISBN 9780956957153
Walsh, Maria (2013) Oscillations Between Disciplinary and Productive Subjectivity in James Coupe’s Auto-Generative Online Film Project Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days (2010). In: On the Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation. Article Press, Birmingham, pp. 171-190. ISBN 9781873352021
Walsh, Maria (2013) Tracing a Maternalised Optics. In: Rebecca Fortnum: Self-Contained. RGAP (Research Group for Artists), Sheffield, pp. 69-76. ISBN 9780956902467
Walsh, Maria (2012) Art and psychoanalysis. Art and- I.B.Tauris Publishers, London, UK. ISBN 9781848857988