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Dr Dave Beech

University of the Arts London
Researcher Research
David  Beech


Dave Beech is an artist and writer who was a member of the Freee Art Collective. His works have been exhibited at the Istanbul Biennale and Liverpool Biennale and his books include Art and Value (Brill, 2015) and Beauty (MIT Whitechapel 2007). He researches the formative social conditions for artistic practice and its relations to broader social and political forces. His book Art and Value relocates the economics of art within the discursive history of ‘economic exceptionalism’ and his book, Art and Labour, reconsiders art as a form of labour that arose during the crisis of the regime of the arts and the installation of the capitalist regime of labour. His artworks consist of sequences of montages with texts that reflect critically on the history of documentary film and photography.

Research Outputs

Art/Design item

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item


Current research students

  • Andy Conio, Multiple Subjects in Deleuzean Video Art. (Lead supervisor)
  • Andrew Hewitt, The Politics of Art in Culture Led Regeneration. (Lead supervisor)
  • Amanda Johansson, Costume in Institutional Critique. (Lead supervisor)
  • Janice Dorothy Mitchell, Inside/Outside and Beyond: Framing Critical Practice as Institutional Critique and Critical Theory (Joint supervisor)
  • Amanda Newall, Costume and Institutional Critique. (Lead supervisor)
  • Eva Weinmayr, Publishing as Event (based at Valand Academy). (Lead supervisor)
  • Joshua Y'Barbo, SChelsea Salon: Institutional Critique of the Art School Through Interstitial Pedagogy. (Lead supervisor)
  • Joshua Y’Barbo, Chelsea Salon: Institutional Critique of the Art School Through Interstitial Pedagogy. (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Alice Evans, After Brecht: Is it possible to make a contemporary Brechtian artwork? (Lead supervisor)
  • Lana Locke, Feral Objects (Lead supervisor)