Dr Daniel Rubinstein
BiographyDaniel Rubinstein is reader in Philosophy and the Image. Internationally recognized for his work on the digital image in the context of contemporary philosophy, modern science and online platforms, his research spans the entangled dimensions of art, media and bio-politics. He is the founding editor of the journal Philosophy of Photography, co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) and Course Leader of MA Photography at Central Saint Martins.
My research broadly concerns the conversion of bits of matter into bits of data, with a specific link to desire, memory and images. Translated into several languages and internationally renowned for challenging orthodoxies around image technologies in the media age, my research details how lens based media emerges simultaneously as a new type of discipline and a new art form, one that stands at the cross-roads of visual arts, contemporary philosophy and media technologies.
My research into new forms of visual practice and the links between art and philosophy allowed me to establish a groundbreaking MA Photography course at Central Saint Martins that deeply integrates research into the curriculum. My teaching practice focuses on the links between photography, philosophy and the aesthetics of the digital image, and emphasizes practice as research and research as practice. This trans-disciplinary approach to photography is informed by the understanding that the current visual environment is central to both social and political dimensions of contemporary life and it is explored in my book 'On the Verge of Photography:; Imaging Beyond Representation' (ARTicle Press, 2013).
- Rubinstein D. Failure to engage: art criticism in the age of simulacrum (2017)
- Rubinstein D. Value of Nothing (2017)
- Rubinstein D. Assassination of Experience by Photography (2016)
- Rubinstein D. What is 21st Century Photography? (2015)
- Rubinstein D. Digital Image (2014)
- Rubinstein D. Discourse in a coma; A Comment on a Comma in the Title of Jean François Lyotard’s Discourse, Figure (2013)
- Rubinstein D, Sluis K. Notes on the Margins of Metadata; Concerning the Undecidability of the Digital Image (2013)
- Rubinstein D. GIF Today (2012)
- Rubinstein D. Towards Photographic Education (2009)
- Rubinstein D. Digitally Yours; The Body in Contemporary Photography (2009)
- Rubinstein D, Sluis K. A Life More Photographic, Mapping the Networked Image (2008)
- Rubinstein D. Techniques of The Self; On the art of Cindy Sherman from Untitled Film Stills to Instagram
- Rubinstein D, Golding J, Fisher A. On The Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation (2013)
- Rubinstein D. The Cynic's Guide to Political Practice (2019)
- Rubinstein D. Keeping up with the Cartesians: on the culture of the selfie with continual reference to Kim Kardashian (2018)
- Rubinstein D. Posthuman Photography (2018)
- Rubinstein D. Post-representational photography, or the grin of Schrödinger's cat (2017)
- Rubinstein D. Photography after Philosophy (2017)
- Rubinstein D. Nothing to see here: Fractal Photography and the politics of invisibility (2016)
- Rubinstein D. Gift of the Selfie (2015)
- Rubinstein D. The Grin of Schrödinger's Cat; Quantum Photography and the limits of Representation (2013)
- Rubinstein D, Sluis K. The Digital Image in Photographic Culture; Algorithmic Photography and the Crisis of Representation (2013)
- Rubinstein D. Photography as the Aesthetic Determination of Difference
Current research students
- Sara Buoso, 'What Does Light Frame? Investigating the Material and the Practices of Light in Contemporary Arts'. (Lead supervisor)
- Andrea Muendelein, (AHRC funded) 'Contemporary metropolis and representation of stranger in photography'. (Lead supervisor)
- Shinsuke Nakano, 'Fashion, Memory and History: fashion practice as remembering through craft and digital media'.