Dr. John Cussans
I am an artist, writer and independent researcher who has been exhibiting work internationally since 1994.
In 1995 I completed a PhD in Cultural History which examined the Video Nasty controversy in the UK from a theoretical perspective derived from the writings of Georges Bataille.
I am currently working on a book project - Undead Uprising - tracing popular cultural misrepresentations of Haiti, Haitian Vodou, the historical legacy of the Haitian Revolution and their impact on international foreign policy towards the country.
Between 2005 and 2011 I was the Postgraduate Theory Coordinator at Chelsea College of Art and Design and in 2007 I co-founded The Free School in a New Dark Age, a small-scale, no-cost educational/arts initiative that has been active in the anti-cuts protests since 2010.
In December 2009 and 2011 I participated in the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti and began a number of joint projects with the local video collective Tele Geto with whom I continue to collaborate. In 2012 I co-founded DRUGG (Diagram Research Use and Generation Group), an interdisciplinary research initiative exploring the role of diagrams in contemporary art and education and comparative knowledge practices.
I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths.