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Daniela Cascella

Associate Lecturer, MA Sound Arts
London College of Communication
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Daniela  Cascella


Daniela Cascella (Italy/UK) is an Associate Lecturer on MA Sound Arts at London College of Communication. She is a writer and an editor.

With a focus on art writing and sound studies, Daniela has developed a longstanding enquiry into the formal and theoretical implications of sustaining her practice as a stranger, operating in hybrid cultural contexts across translations, transmissions, and interferences.

Employing minor literatures as the main material in her work, Daniela applies a method of resonance that allows her to listen to languages, and she writes texts that push the edges of reading into aural dimensions. She is drawn toward the entanglements of practice and theory engendered by her specific profile as a writer who understands her work as an artistic practice; and toward broadening given systems of knowledge through an engagement with listening across languages, mediums, and cultures.

Daniela is the author of Nothing As We Need It (Punctum Books/Risking Education, forthcoming 2022), Chimeras: A Deranged Essay, An Imaginary Conversation, A Transcelation (Sublunary Editions, forthcoming 2022), Singed. Muted Voice-Transmissions, After The Fire (Equus Press, 2017), F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound (Zer0 Books, 2015) and En Abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books, 2012).

She is a Programme Tutor in the Art Writing MLitt at the Glasgow School of Art, and a Commissioning Editor at MAP Magazine.

In 2022, Daniela was awarded a Ph.D. from Sheffield Hallam University, where she undertook research around the idea and practice of 'chimeric writing' across Art Writing, Fine Art, and Literature. She holds an MA in Art Writing from Goldsmiths University of London.

Daniela's writing has been published in books and exhibition catalogues internationally, on University of Edinburgh Press, Koenig Books, Errant Bodies Press, raster-noton among the others; and in art, music, and literary journals such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, Music & Literature, 3:AM Magazine, Reliquiae, Gorse,The Wire, Organised Sound, The Journal of Sonic Studies. She was a contributing editor at minor literature[s] where she initiated and edited (2016-18) a new section called Untranslated, publishing reviews of and responses to books not translated in English.

Daniela's research often expands beyond the book format into performances, audio pieces, curatorial and editorial projects and collaborations with artists, writers, and musicians. Details on these can be found here and here.

Between 2013 and 2018, Daniela was Assistant Professor in Writing in the MA Fine Art at the University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, where she supervised projects by students at the intersections between writing and art, and developed teaching skills to work with students who write in English as a second language.

She was a Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University (2013-2015) and has taught a workshop on Sound, Listening and Language in the MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University of London (2014-2016).

Daniela has spoken at conferences and has taught internationally, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the Royal College of Art London, University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, University of Cambridge, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Tate Britain, Arnolfini among others.

Prior to her move to London in 2009, Daniela worked in Rome, Italy as an art critic and curator specialising in sound art, producing and curating projects for museums and public institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome and the British School at Rome.

Between 1999 and 2008, Daniela was contributing editor of Italy's leading music magazine Blow Up, for which she wrote a monthly column on sound and the arts as well as articles and reviews on experimental music.

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View the MA Sound Arts course page.